Elizabeth Ives, who teaches in the fashion design program, talked about the origins and popularity of velvet as a special occasion fabric in a Dec. 7 Philadelphia Inquirer story, which was picked up Dec. 20 in The Sacramento (CA)Bee, The Modesto (CA)Bee, The San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune, The Lexington (Ky.) Herald, The Seattle Times, The Olympian (WA) and The Bradenton (Fl.) Herald.
On Dec. 23, the story ran in The Detroit News and The Denver Post.
Ives explained that velvet was carried along medieval trade routes from the Far East to become the fabric choice of European royalty and the Vatican. When it became less expensive to make in the 1950s, she said, velvet became a mainstay for dressing up during the Christmas holiday. To read the story, go to http://www.sacbee.com/2010/12/20/3270405/velvet-is-so-very-merry-again.html.