The Design Society
Promoting Beautiful Lifestyles Through Design Education
What is The Design Society?
The HCC Foundation established The Design Society to engage Houston's fashion and interior design community in support of HCC's award-winning design education programs. Division Chair Kay King notes, "HCC's fashion design and interior design students benefit from the global reputation of our programs and provide a valuable resource for Houston's wonderfully vibrant arts community." Membership in The Design Society provides numerous opportunities for involvement, including invitations to a series of events sponsored by the HCC Fashion and Interior Design programs. Your support will provide valuable financial assistance and advance HCC's role as a leader in design education.
Why should I join The Design Society?
The Design Society is a unique opportunity to support Houston's leading fashion and interior design programs. The Houston Community College Fashion Design program was named one of the top associate degree programs in the United States by the National Council of Instructional Administrators. Both fashion design and interior design were awarded exemplary program status by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Your commitment will provide inspiration and support to the next generation of aspiring designers. These students will be the fashion innovators of tomorrow.
What are the benefits available to a member of The Design Society?
A $100 annual membership offers an array of opportunities for involvement, including invitations to the following HCC Fashion Design and Interior Design events and activities:
• Passion for Fashion luncheon and runway show at Hotel ZaZa April 2, 2009
• Annual Fashion Catwalk of graduating students' designs May 8, 2009
• Interior Design Portfolio Show at the Decorative Center May 14, 2009
• Annual Gallery Exhibition of Fashion June 9-July 23, 2009
• Flash & Trash Fashion Show October 30, 2009
• Fashion and Interior Design Lectures ongoing
• Fashion and Interior Design studio visits ongoing
• An invitation to view our historic collection of designer fashion in storage ongoing
I'm interested in becoming a member of The Design Society. How do I join?
Please click here for instructions on becoming a member of The Design Society and helping to support the next generation of aspiring fashion and interior designers at Houston Community College.
Who is currently involved with The Design Society?
Founding Advisory Committee*:
Julia Frankel, Chair, Rudy Avelar, Carol Isaak Barden, Bob G. Bibb, Eleanor B. Connan, Joann Crassas, Rose Cullen, Bob Devlin, Daniel & Gabriela Dror, Danielle Ellis, Bill England, Diane Lokey Farb, Sidney Faust, Don Flowers, Sylvia Forsythe, Ellie Francisco, Sonny Garza, Diane Gendel,Harriet Gertner, Liz Glanville, Susan G. Glesby, Joanne King Herring, Ben Johnston,Maggi Jones,Kerry A. Levine, Nancy Littlejoh, Cora Sue Mach ,Michael McClure, Beth Sanders Moore, Bill Patterson, Hallie Radcliffe-Canalli, ASID, Vicki Rizzo, Cindi Rose, Mickey Rosmarin, Jeanne Ruberti,Mariana Servitje,Mark Singleton,William W. Stubbs, ASID,Sylvia Sullivan,Stacey Swift,Betty Tutor,Donna Vallone, Astrid Van Dyke, Susie Van Zandt, Dancie P. Ware, Nancy Wilfong, Randa Duncan Williams, Francie Willis, Laura Woods, Liz Zaruba and Terry Zmyslo.
What are Fashion and Interior Design alumni saying about HCC programs?
"I am very grateful for the technical training I received while I was a fashion design student at HCC. The knowledge I gained from my HCC Fashion Design professors helped me develop my successful fashion business."
Owner and Designer
Season Two Project Runway winner
"As a mother and a retired professional, deciding to change careers late in life was a daunting prospect. I wanted to capitalize on my passion for designing interior spaces, but did not know how best to prepare myself. After lots of research, I knew that the Interior Design program at HCC was the right choice for me. There I learned the necessary skills to gain employment in Houston's thriving interior design industry. Now I am living my dream and have HCC's Interior Design program to thank!"
Class of 2007
Designer for OM Workspace
To read more about student experiences in HCC's Fashion and Interior Design programs visit the testimonials sections of the programs website.
I still have some questions about The Design Society. Where can I get further information?
For additional information regarding The Design Society, contact Kay King, Division Chair, Lifestyle Arts & Design Careers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-718-6151.
William W. Harmon, Ph.D.
President, HCC Central College
Cheryl Peters, Ph.D.
Executive Dean of Instruction and Student Services,
HCC Central College
Linda S. Koffel, M.S.
Dean of Instruction,
HCC Central College
Suzette Brimmer, MBA, FGI
Chair, HCC Division of Lifestyle Arts
and Design Careers
Associate Chair, HCC Interior Design
Ginger Renfroe Blanton
President, HCC Foundation
Kelly J. Zúñiga, Ed.D., CFRE
Executive Director, HCC Foundation
*List is current as of January 15, 2012