PhilaU honored by A Chance to Heal for Body Diversity fashion show

Philadelphia University was honored May 8 by A Chance to Heal for sponsoring last fall’s Body Diversity fashion show and for promoting innovations in fashion education and industry standards.

“As the area’s leading fashion design school, Philadelphia University has a unique role in helping the fashion industry think about the way consumers view and interact with their bodies,” according to A Chance to Heal.  “They have encouraged students to think about the influence that they can have on the future of fashion in ways that celebrate body diversity.”

Natalie Weathers, assistant professor of Fashion Industry Management, and David Ciuper, Fashion Design senior, accepted the award on behalf of the University.  Weathers and Ciuper helped coordinate the November fashion show, presented in partnership with A Chance to Heal, which encouraged designers to make fashions appropriate for a wide range of body types and sizes.  

“The Body Diversity event was one more great opportunity for our students to showcase their design talents, particularly for a market that is undervalued,” Weathers said.  “We appreciate being recognized for innovation in education.”

The awarded was presented at the 3rd anniversary celebration of A Chance to Heal, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing eating disorders through early diagnosis, education and advocacy.

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