The University of Alabama will build a facility for fashion and design

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (WBRC) – The following information comes from the University of Alabama:

An upcoming new building on the University of Alabama campus will provide space for preserve and celebrate fashion history and nurture the fashion trendsetters of the future.

The University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences has announced plans to build Drummond Lyon Hall to house its fashion retail and apparel design concentrations.

With support from alumni, the CHES Board of Trustees, and other friends of the college, an effort to secure $4 million in charitable donations to support construction of the state-of-the-art facility has begun. The building will be named in recognition of a commitment by 1986 alumna Terri Drummond Lyon.

“The University is grateful for the philanthropy of alumni and friends, especially Terri Drummond Lyon for her such meaningful investment in the lives of our students,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “Our students deserve the best facilities where they can hone their talents and prepare for successful careers after graduation. This new building for our fashion and design programs will provide the exceptional experience necessary for our students to thrive.

Located on Colonial Drive, the building will be part of a CHES hub that includes nearby Adams and Doster halls. When complete, the 25,000 square foot facility will house The Fashion Archive’s historic apparel and textile collection, a conservation lab, exhibit galleries, two state-of-the-art classrooms, flexible space for receptions or conferences and offices for fashion retail and clothing design faculty.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to provide our students with the best resources and facilities to create their path to success in fashion and design,” said Terri Lyon. “I am honored to be one of many answering the call to support CHES and the University, and to help realize their vision for the future of the Apparel and Textiles program. . »

The building will be unique among Southeastern Conference universities that offer apparel design and fashion merchandising programs with dedicated spaces for apparel curation, hands-on learning, and event organization. symposium type events for the fashion and retail industries. The classroom, research, and experiential opportunities for students will rival any other nationally recognized fashion program.

“We have no doubt that upon completion, Drummond Lyon Hall will take our outstanding clothing and textiles program to even greater heights,” said Dr. Stuart Usdan, Dean of the College of Environmental Humanities. “It has the potential to open minds to new experiences and influence students, alumni, researchers and entrepreneurs in a variety of fields, from fashion to marketing and history – creating leaders that make a difference in our world.”

Pending final Stage IV approval from the UA Board of Directors, construction of Drummond Lyon Hall is expected to begin in the fall.


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