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Commencement Speaker and Fashion Icon Joseph Abboud Tours Campus

April 28, 2014

Legendary designer Joseph Abboud, Lasell College's 2014 Commencement speaker, took Lasell Fashion Design and Production majors behind the scenes of the fashion industry during a campus visit on Friday, April 25.

Abboud spent the morning touring the Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts, meeting with faculty and engaging in spirited conversation with Fashion Department Chair Lynn Blake's Senior Thesis Production class, where he revealed that in his design aesthetic, "fabric comes first."

The seniors, whose handiwork will be on display at Runway 2014: Senior Showcase this Saturday, May 3, engaged with Abboud about his journey as a world-class "fashionista" and shared their hopes for the future.

"The creative process is collaborative," the Boston native reminded. "After graduation, try to get a job with a company you really like," he advised. "Enthusiasm is 25% of what employers look for. Don't be shy."

Abboud will serve as speaker and receive an honorary degree at Lasell's Commencement on May 18.


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