Stylin': Meredith professor's design puts her in first place

CorrespondentDecember 5, 2012 

Eunyoung Yang’s design, “Brushstrokes in Red,” was inspired by the Vincent Van Gogh painting, “Cypresses.”


Meredith College professor Dr. Eunyoung Yang came out a big winner again at the recent International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual conference. Yang, who won a first place honor at last year’s conference, took the top prize again, this time in the fiber art professional category of the conference’s juried gallery exhibition.

Yang’s design, “Brushstrokes in Red,” was inspired by the Vincent Van Gogh painting “Cypresses.” The one-shoulder gown in fiery hues of red and orange was made with organza fabric and silk ribbons, hand-dyed and draped to replicate the swirling pattern of the painting’s brush strokes. “The main objective was to incorporate Van Gogh’s unique artistic interpretation of nature to a surface design element,” she says.

Yang, a professor of fashion merchandising and design, competed against fashion educators, scholars and students from across the country.

This week in the trunk

This week’s trunk show lineup sparkles with holiday bling:

• Vintage is the word at Vermillion Thursday and Friday during the Carole Tanenbaum trunk show. More than 150 necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches and more from the Victorian era through the 1980s will be available during the event. Vermillion is at 4321-102 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh. 919-787-9780,

• Local jewelry designer Kenda Kistenmacher debuts the holiday collection of her Kenda Kist hand-forged silver jewelry line at two trunk shows this week. She kicks things off at Cat Banjo in Cameron Village 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Then she’ll head to Gypsy Jule in Glenwood South for a First Friday trunk show 6-9 p.m. Friday. More info:

• Charlotte’s in North Hills will have sparklers from Vahan Fine Jewelry in store for a trunk show Tuesday. More info: 919-787-7113.

A public service

Help feed needy families this holiday season during The Globetrotter’s Urban Ministries food drive, through Saturday. Shoppers are encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items for donation to Urban Ministries of Wake County, and for every purchase of Briggs & Riley luggage or business cases, the store will make a cash donation to Urban Ministries. Also on Saturday, the Cameron Village store will have complimentary food from Cantina 18 for customers. More info: 919-828-1226,

Renew your look

Our Friend’s Closet consignment shop hosts its Holiday Shopping Event noon-4 p.m. Saturday. In addition to women’s and teen looks from J. Crew, Michael Stars, Coach, Free People and more at bargain prices, the store will welcome several other vendors, including Silpada Jewelry, Origami Owl jewelry and the Pampered Chef. Our Friend’s Closet is at 10940 Raven Ridge Road, Ste. 122, Raleigh, 919-329-2977.

Give and receive

Dress designer resale boutique in Raleigh celebrates Sunday with its Holiday Open House. During the event, customers who donate a new, unwrapped toy or game for Interact Women’s Shelter will receive 10 percent off purchases. Dress is at 3528 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-699-6505,

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