Moore Fashion Students and Ribbon Wholesaler May Arts Team Up on Project

For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore Fashion Design students are working with Connecticut-based May Arts to do research and produce color and fashion forecasting reports for the ribbon wholesaler. They will also have the opportunity to submit ribbon designs and illustrations of how their designs can be used in apparel and accessories.

The unique partnership was inspired by May Arts' dedication to innovative and creative ribbon design for multiple industries. New May Arts ribbons are released year round in designs and colors to complement apparel, craft products, and a variety of decorative and packaging uses. The program will serve to promote ribbons as a versatile fashion accessory, and also to ignite the students' entrepreneurial drive for the creative arts, a win for both May Arts and Moore.

Professor Janice Lewis, chair of Fashion Design at Moore, said, "I was really intrigued when May Arts contacted us. I had never fully imagined the number of uses of ribbon in fashion, and was excited to hear how many designers are clients of May Arts. When we heard about the need for someone to gather trend and color information for ribbon, it was a natural project for design students to research. Of course we added the element of design, both in ribbons and in fashion."

"Students in creative majors don't always know about all of the opportunities available to them for pursuing a career in creative fields," says John Aemisegger, President of May Arts. "This project in particular, and our partnership with Moore overall, will expand their understanding of the creative side of the quality ribbon product we provide to businesses and consumers, and how they might find their niche when they graduate."

May Arts is a leading supplier of high quality ribbon designs, serving a wide variety of customers from large retail outlets to home-based businesses in the craft and scrapbooking, gift, stationery, fashion, quilting, fancy food, floral, interior design and jewelry industries. Since its founding, May Arts has provided a superior selection of ribbon, including sheer, satin, grosgrain and silk in a variety of patterns and prints. May Arts has become a leader in the marketplace due to its commitment to design, readily available to ship inventory, and knowledgeable customer service representatives. For more information visit


Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

Published on April 15th, 2013