Dress for Success Philadelphia Unveils Dressing Rooms Designed by Moore CE Students

July 18, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA)
 -- Dress for Success Philadelphia has unveiled five newly renovated dressing rooms designed by Moore students at their boutique at 233 N. 12th Street in Philadelphia.

In a unique partnership between Dress for Success Philadelphia and Moore College of Art & Design, students in Moore's spring Materials for Interiors course of the Interior Design Certificate Program had the opportunity to showcase their talent while transforming the dressing room spaces at Dress for Success Philadelphia.

Barbara Silzle, Executive Director of Dress for Success Philadelphia, is “thrilled that the students at Moore were able to engage as artists on a project that will have a real impact on the lives of so many women in our community."

Dress for Success Philadelphia "'dresses' women on the outside and the inside to prepare them for their professional journey; and the dressing rooms at the boutique are where powerful transformations occur." Silzle said. "It's in those intimate spaces where both exterior and interior transformations take root, where hope blooms, empowerment begins and lives are changed.”

The project was led by professional designers Kara Angotti, LEED AP (KO Angotti: Interior Design + Energy Analysis), who taught the course at Moore, and Tonya Comer, Associate ASID (tonya comer interiors). The student designers
are Kasia Barszcz, Patricia Boyle, Camille Geiger, Linda Hansen, Meghan Peart, Barbara Rue-Surentz, Nicole Brooks Schied, and Diane Turner.  Additional funding was provided by Sharlene Cirillo and GlaxoSmithkline (GSK).

The student interior designers had a range of materials and labor services available to execute the design of five dressing rooms and the boutique entrance. Material and labor were provided by participating sponsor companies including: wallpaper by York Wallcovering and Wolf Gordon; paint by Sherwin Williams; textiles by Kravet, Inc.; carpet tile by Interface; lighting by Lighting Solutions, Inc., contractor and electrical services by Grain Builders; seating by Rothman Associates, Inc. and Barsky Fleming; wallcovering installation by Paintmasters; painting services by Adrian
Bush; seamstress services by Maridadi Couture; temporary dressing rooms by Mio, and specialty millwork installation services by Colonial Millwork & Installation.

Dress for Success Philadelphia is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged Philadelphia-area women who are transitioning back into the workforce by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Over 10,000 women have been referred to Dress for Success Philadelphia since it opened its doors in July 2008. In 2012, the organization suited over 2,300 women. For more information about Dress for Success Philadelphia, visitwww.dressforsuccess.org/philadelphia.

For Immediate Release
Published on July 18th, 2013