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Nakyra Milner navigates campus with a disability, and advocates for a little more empathy If you ever see someone walkin...
02/18/2021

Nakyra Milner navigates campus with a disability, and advocates for a little more empathy

If you ever see someone walking slowly—Nakyra Milner says to calm down and have a little empathy.

Milner, a senior fashion merchandising major from Locust Grove, said slow walkers used to be her pet peeve. But at the end of her freshman year, Milner was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The disease especially impacts her balance. For her own safety, she now walks slowly, often towards the edge of the sidewalk to make it easy for people in a hurry to go around her. She might even pretend to be on the phone or be looking for someone.

“It would be so much easier if people would just calm down and realize not everyone has the same privilege,” she said. “Be more empathetic.”
Her illness is mostly invisible. Looking at her, there aren’t signs of the disease. But MS, an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the central nervous system, affects everyone differently. It might affect vision or cause muscle spasms. And the disorder looks different from person to person.
MS diagnosis
Milner has been navigating MS for three years now.
On Thursday, she woke up and her balance was off. She couldn’t walk straight, and her left side felt both weak and heavy. She didn’t feel sick, but her body didn’t feel right. Her parents drove in from Henry County to take her to the emergency room. Her doctor checked her CAT scans, saw the spots in her brain scan, and thought she had MS. A week later, a neurologist made the official diagnosis.
Milner went from being a normal college student to having a disability in that one episode.
She ended up taking a year off of the University of Georgia, attending a local community college to adjust to her new life.
MS is a chronic condition—it doesn’t go away. “Something will always be wrong—every day for the rest of your life,” she said. “There’s no on and off switch. It doesn’t die down. It doesn’t change. The best thing you can do is get on a good treatment plan.”
Navigating UGA with a disability
At UGA, Milner carefully controls her schedule—always allowing for ample time between classes so she can get to Dawson Hall, Gilbert Hall, or wherever her class is. When she loses muscle coordination in her hand, she can use a smartpen to record lectures. When plugged into her computer, the smartpen creates a PDF of the lecture notes. She can also use a notetaker for her courses, which comes in handy when she goes to Atlanta for treatment infusions. In total, she uses four disability accommodations through the Disability Resource Center, which all make it so that she’s able to successfully attend classes both on campus and virtually. Milner has also become a Digital Dawg and part of the Disability Resource Center’s Speakers Bureau—to better advocate for and raise awareness for students with disabilities.
Nakyra Milner works on a design project in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences sewing lab. Milner found fashion her senior year of high school—and loves how fashion can change the way someone thinks about themself, make them feel more confident or beautiful. (Photo by Peter Frey/UGA)
Fashion merchandising
Milner is studying fashion merchandising at College of Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in product development and design, and a double minor in Spanish and general business. This semester, most of her classes are online because of pandemic health concerns, but she does have two labs on-campus—computer-assisted design and a textile testing lab, where the course highlight is lighting clothing on fire to test flammability.
Eventually, she wants to have her own size-inclusive formalwear boutique.
In high school, Milner described herself as a T-shirt and jeans girl—someone not really interested in clothes. That all changed when she went prom dress shopping and saw all the colorful dresses.
“For the first time ever, I felt so beautiful and pretty. I would have never used those words to describe myself,” she said.
And that’s where her interest in fashion merchandising comes from. “I was able to look at myself in a different way,” she said. “I wanted to help other people like me have that experience with fashion.”
Undergraduate student Nakyra Milner in the Family and Consumer Sciences sewing lab with some of her design projects on dress forms. (Photo by Peter Frey/UGA)
Plus-size fashion
Plus-size fashion is an area she’s particularly interested in. After college, she’d like to work with a brand to increase their size range.
Last semester, she wrote a paper on clothing deprivation and the mental impact of the perceived lack of clothing as a plus-sized person. “With the body positivity movement a few years ago, we really started to have these conversations about different experiences of what it’s like to be plus-sized, not having those clothes.”
Nakyra Milner has worked with the Fashion Design Student Association and designs for their fashion shows. When the theme was unconventional Met Gala, she designed a cage skirt made out of Hula-Hoops and clothing hangers and covered with flower garlands. She loves flowers, and flowers feature prominently in her designs. (Photo by Peter Frey/UGA)
Design
She’s worked with the Fashion Design Student Association and designs for their fashion shows. She’s also designed for the African Student Union. In particular, her face masks are in high demand.
In fall 2019, she created cloth face masks for the dancers to wear.
Did she predict the pandemic? “I made masks before it was cool,” she said with a laugh. She spent the summer sewing and selling cloth face masks and used the money to buy a heavy-duty sewing machine.
What’s next
Milner tries not to let the MS define her. Every day, she’s a little more confident and better able to navigate college and having a disability.

Her treatment is working well to control her physical symptoms and therapy helps with some of the mental symptoms. And she’s excited about what’s next—internships and post-graduation jobs.
And while she likes sewing floral face masks, she’s looking forward to the day when the face masks are a novel artful accessory for a dance performance, not a health requirement.v

FACS T-shirt competition Students in Dr. Laura McAndrews’ Digital Apparel Design and Development Applications class used...
11/13/2020

FACS T-shirt competition

Students in Dr. Laura McAndrews’ Digital Apparel Design and Development Applications class used their graphic design skills to design a T-shirt that encompasses the true essence of FACS.

The winning design will be chosen by a vote of FACS students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Voting is open now and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 13.

The winning design will be announced next week and made available for purchase this fall. A portion of the sales will go toward student support initiatives in the college.

Link: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/news/story/fashion-merchandising-students-compete-for-top-t-shirt-design

Awesome!
11/09/2020

Awesome!

These pictures are from the makers space and today we started printing students work!

These pictures are from the makers space and today we started printing students work!
11/09/2020

These pictures are from the makers space and today we started printing students work!

Lucy & Lyla Darling is putting on a pop-up shop on November 12th from Noon-7pm. The address for the event is 2204 S Lump...
11/06/2020

Lucy & Lyla Darling is putting on a pop-up shop on November 12th from Noon-7pm. The address for the event is 2204 S Lumpkin. It is at the owner’s house, and she has a big outdoor space in order to maintain social distancing while people are shopping. She has some awesome items, some of the designer items, starting at $10.

20% of the proceeds from this event will be directly supporting the United Way of Northeast Georgia as it mobilizes and motivates resources to meet the highest priority needs of individuals and families in Northeast Georgia.

We would love to see students come out to the event and shop around and find some great items!

Good Afternoon! My name is Julia Jack, and I am a member of the Rouge Magazine Executive Board. Our team created this zi...
10/29/2020

Good Afternoon!

My name is Julia Jack, and I am a member of the Rouge Magazine Executive Board. Our team created this zine over the summer as a comprehensive guide to college complete with success strategies, recommended Athens eats, study songs, and more-- while it was made with freshmen in mind, all UGA students may benefit from tips on how to make the most of college during these unique times! We wanted to share it with you all, and it can be found at this link: https://issuu.com/rougemagazineuga/docs/zines.

Rouge Magazine is the first and only fashion magazine on UGA's campus and is a biannual, full-color publication housed under the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Each issue is designed entirely from scratch by members of the general body in conjunction with the executive board, and can best be described as the product of eager passion and a true love for the fashion industry and all associated with it. Rouge Magazine aims to create content that inspires the student body to be bold, to serve as a resource for fashion related events from a variety of perspectives, and to stitch together a publication each semester that all students can draw something from.

There are member testimonies included in the zine, but we strive to create a community on campus of UGA students who have a passion within the fashion industry, regardless of college major-- and we are looking to expand our team! We feel that students within the Fashion department particularly could benefit greatly from joining our team, as it is a direct, real-world application of classroom learning! If you are interested in learning more, our latest magazine issue can be found on our site https://rougemag.squarespace.com/, and a general interest form for our first meeting this upcoming Wednesday, September 16 at 6 PM is linked here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNAPGmLfIb-eqgRhtxQOe0H80mpa8MZWWVFfAbPgTQALBZ_Q/viewform?usp=sf_link. You can also follow along on our Instagram @rouge.mag for the latest updates!

Thanks and feel free to reach out with questions!

Workshop Name: Fashion from the Perspective of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture By Jaleesa Reed, Sha’Mira Covington, and Kat...
10/28/2020

Workshop Name: Fashion from the Perspective of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
By Jaleesa Reed, Sha’Mira Covington, and Katalin Medvedev
Date: November 19th from 5-7pm
Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvd-GqrD0uEtHuiIiwsxIxGlk_ZCpkHkUo
Or https://tinyurl.com/y2c9khnl

Participants will learn how to apply critical race theory to the fashion industry, as well as how to address race, ethnicity, and culture through image analysis and a discussion on cultural appropriation. If you are interested in the workshop, please register by November 16th to receive preparation materials in advance. Attendance is limited to 25 participants. A short Q&A session will be provided at the end.

10/28/2020

Kristian Hogans, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors at the University of Georgia is seeking: undergraduate fashion merchandising students who completed the required History of Dress course during the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester.

We are exploring culturally responsive pedagogy and reflective practices in fashion education.
This study requires completion of a Zoom one-on-one interview that will take approximately no more than 45 minutes to complete. Interview findings will advance culturally responsive pedagogy in the context of clothing and textile education, as well as other fields of education, and provide practical implications for educators and curriculum development.

Participation in this study is voluntary.
If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time. Your decision to take part or not to take part in the research will not affect your grades or class standing.
If you are interested in participating and would like to see if you qualify for the study or request more information, please contact Kristian Hogans via email at [email protected].
Thank you for your interest, your participation is greatly appreciated!

Check out the UGA Historic Clothing and Textile Collection on Instagram!@hctc_ugaPlease see the attached flyer for more ...
10/28/2020

Check out the UGA Historic Clothing and Textile Collection on Instagram!

@hctc_uga

Please see the attached flyer for more info

Attention, Undergrads!!Applications are now open to working withUGA’s Historic Clothing and Textile Collection as a paid...
10/28/2020

Attention, Undergrads!!

Applications are now open to working with
UGA’s Historic Clothing and Textile Collection as a paid
CURO research assistant in Spring 2021!!!

The student(s) selected for this assistantship will have the opportunity to work on a detailed database project and gain resume-worthy museum skills that can also translate to other professions. Ideal candidates have already taken TXMI 4290 (or
similar history courses) and have a strong interest in fashion history and museum/archival work. The position entails approximately 4-9 hours per week.

Applications are Due by November 1st, 2020

Contact Dr. Monica Sklar ([email protected]) for further information about this exciting
opportunity and to develop an application.
For additional information about applying
for CURO assistantships, please visit:
https://curo.uga.edu/students/curo_research_assistantship.htm

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10/28/2020

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For the first time, Couture a la Cart will sell merchandise using an online platform instead of mobile pop-up shops all ...
10/28/2020

For the first time, Couture a la Cart will sell merchandise using an online platform instead of mobile pop-up shops all over campus.

https://www.couturealacart.com/

The mobile boutique operated by students in faculty member Clair McClure’s retail entrepreneurship class features products – such as clothes, skincare products, and jewelry and accessories – from local Athens vendors and UGA students.

The online store launched Oct 9 and will be available until Oct 30. Customers will have the option to either pick up orders or have them shipped.

“It's a learning process to see how (the online store) is going to work,” said Bridget Helms, a senior fashion merchandising major. “Especially considering we can’t market it as we initially thought we could.”

For this semester, the 12 students set a goal to break even. They had to take on advertisement costs from the spring semester because the business was unable to move forward with planned pop-up store dates due to the pandemic.

Each student has their own role on a team – planning, management, merchandising or creative – to help run the business.

With an internship, you may only see one aspect of the business rather than learning how to run a business from beginning to end, Helms said.

“Even though each of us have our own roles, we’re getting to see the other parts as they work, too,” she said. “It’s helpful because even if you're not physically doing something, you’re seeing it and hearing about it.”

This class is normally only offered in the spring. If this semester goes well, the class will potentially be offered both semesters.

For updates, follow "couturealacart" on Instagram.

Check Athena to see your TXMI courses' instructional method
10/28/2020

Check Athena to see your TXMI courses' instructional method

University of Georgia Historic Clothing & Textile Collection
10/27/2020

University of Georgia Historic Clothing & Textile Collection

Our reversible cape embodies the zeitgeist of 1920s fashion! Examples of glitz yet subtle elegance comes to life with the vibrant satin fabric and crystal clasps on this garment.

Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
02/18/2020

Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors

We want to give special shoutout to our dean, Dr. Bhat for a feature in the New York Times including his research on sma...
02/18/2020
3 Easy Ways to Save Energy Without Extra Effort

We want to give special shoutout to our dean, Dr. Bhat for a feature in the New York Times including his research on smarter living through sustainable living practices that save the earth and your pockets! Real DAWGS save the earth and look great doing it😎 Check out the article below!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/smarter-living/wirecutter/3-easy-ways-to-save-energy-without-extra-effort.html

Save energy by making small changes to your habits when using the dishwasher, dryer, and refrigerator.

Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
02/18/2020

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02/18/2020

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Couture a la cart still growing strong.

Come shop Couture a la Cart today from 1-4 at the Arch. CALC is a mobile retailer operated by fashion merchandising students, selling student-produced merchandise. Check out this short video to learn more.

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Retail entrepreneurship completely generated by our fashion merchandising students in TXMI 5280!

Come shop Couture a la Cart today from 1-4 at the Arch. CALC is a mobile retailer operated by fashion merchandising students, selling student-produced merchandise. Check out this short video to learn more.

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