From the Classroom to the Runway – Avery Martin

Ball State Student Avery Martin Tries Fashion Program on for Size

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Fashion is art. Fashion is creativity. Fashion is identity.Avery Martin

Fashion means something different to everyone. Everybody wears clothes – it is something that brings us all together. This concept is what draws me to the industry and made me fall in love with the fashion program at Ball State University. The university prides itself on the diversity and inclusivity present, and this is apparent in the fashion program.

Over the past three years I have witnessed the evolution of the fashion department. It started as two separate clubs dedicated to the fashion community (Fashion Merchandising Association and Fashion Design Society), giving birth to a mega club, Fashion Industry Studies Club (FISC), to provide a more inclusive space for all students studying fashion. Serving as the vice president of FISC, I have been actively involved in orchestrating events that not only highlight the artistic abilities of fellow students, but also promote sustainable practices in fashion consumption.

Our notable achievements, such as the annual sustainable pop-up shop and the upcoming fashion show hosted by FISC in April of this year, further prove the commitment of our community to providing experience in various aspects of the industry. As we prepare for the fashion show in April, I am excited about the opportunity it presents for students to excel in their skills in event planning, marketing and finance. Most importantly, it will celebrate the achievements of the talented students in the community and promote their art. This event will be commemorated with a medal display case, showcasing the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. This display case will serve as a lasting testament to the accomplishments and growth of our community over the years.

Avery MartinMoreover, my involvement in the National Retail Federation (NRF), and attending the student conference in New York City through FISC, have significantly expanded my professional network. These experiences, coupled with the hands-on projects in class, have contributed to the growth of my portfolio and enhanced my overall understanding of the fashion industry.

Beyond club accomplishments, the program has enriched my academic journey, allowing me to merge my passion for fashion with my minor in journalism. A current project this semester by fashion students, including myself, is a fashion magazine done by the special events and promotions class. A fashion magazine has not been done at Ball State since 2009, and is a testament to how seamlessly the program integrates various facets of the industry into the curriculum, providing students with a well-rounded experience. This project is in collaboration with FISC and the upcoming fashion show.

As I reflect on my time in the fashion program at Ball State University, it has been nothing but transformative. I am not just a participant; I am proud to be an active contributor to a growing and thriving community that values creativity, inclusivity and sustainability practices. I am confident that the skills and experiences gained here will serve as a solid foundation for my future endeavors in the ever-evolving world of fashion. Fashion is not just what we wear. It is an art form that pushes boundaries and serves as a medium for creativity. The environment fostered by the university and the fashion program has allowed me to thrive and contribute to the growth of the community.

Avery Martin




Avery Martin pictured with Scotlynn Perdue and Jakota Fischer at the 2023 pop-up shop.

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