Mariana Mitova (left) and Ashlee Layman arrange the active wear garments created through their collaboration with a school in Bulgaria.
BGSU STUDENT SPEAKS INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE OF FASHION
This summer, a display case in the Education Building contained several women's active-wear garments — a hooded sweatshirt, pants, two shirts, plus the
"inspiration board" of their designer, recent graduate Ashlee Layman. The story of the clothes' journey from Bulgaria to BGSU is a tale of student and
faculty creativity, resourcefulness and willingness to try something new.
As Layman approached the final semester of her Apparel Merchandising and Product Development degree program, she was itching for a challenge. A
nontraditional student who had returned to complete her undergraduate degree after four years away from BGSU, she felt the need to take her learning to the
next level instead of merely completing her last few credits.
She found her challenge and more when her mentor, Mariana Mitova, suggested that Layman do an independent study in collaboration with the Dimitar Talev
Technical School in Mitova's hometown of Gotse Delchev, Bulgaria. Layman jumped at the chance, even though Mitova warned her she really couldn't predict
how the first-time venture would turn out.