Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Children Apparel/Community Service project

Each year our fashion students study the safe construction & design in creating children’s wear. Their concepts and illustration take form into their own drafted pattern. In the spirit giving, they each produce a garment for our community service project.  We are very proud of fashion student Carrie Roske, who went beyond creating just one garment, she dedicated her time in designing and creating 10 corduroy dress/jumpers.  We are very proud of her exceptional workmanship and handwork in creating all these garments. Many of these adorable dresses are given to families at the Heartland House as well as several churches and organizations that help provide Christmas gifts and clothing for children.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Interior Students Visit Showroom

Our interior students have been touring the local furniture showrooms while expanding their knowledge and appreciation of the craftsmanship of furniture periods & styles.

Friday, October 12, 2012

FASHIONxt made Time Magazine

We're so excited that FASHIONxt has been written up in Time Magazine. It's on the newsstands now!

Monday, October 1, 2012


Once again our Creative Director will be heading out Portland to present her S2013 collection at one of the largest west coast fashion week events.  She will be opening the Friday evening event and share the excitement with Project Runway Season 7 winner, Seth Aaron Henderson as he will close the evening with his 2013 collection.  They will “book-end” the Friday event with an impressive line-up of young designers including Joshua Christensen and Joshua Mckinley both from Season 9 Project Runway.  Each year a IDTSD student is presented an incredible opportunity to accompany her to assist with fittings, help back stage and experience in the excitement behind the scenes of a major fashion event.

Friday, September 14, 2012


This region’s premiere event on green design, business was held at the historic Orpheum Theater in Downtown Sioux Falls It was an exceptional opportunity to come together learn and take action with other attendees and star-power keynotes at this year’s conference with exhibitors, workshops and breakouts.

Presenter and leader in healthy and sustainable building issues, Professor Brain Dunbar is shown wearing one of Dakota By Design ties made from reclaimed media tape with IDTSD Creative Director Anita Kealey is wearing a suit made of natural linen with media tape accents.

“Trash to Treasures” competition showcased two outstanding examples of IDTSD students green projects.  This exquisite evening gown design using newspapers was created by recent IDTSD Fashion Design graduate, Kate Warkenthien.

Summer Project: Design Boot Camp student, Rylee Skillman used a piece of reclaimed luggage, old furniture legs, discarded bedding was transformed into an funky, yet functional bed for their family dog.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Our creative director was invited to show her SS2013 at collection at Kansas City Fashion Week.  This presented an opportunity for summer and incoming students to help in the preparation as well get a behind the scenes viewpoint of what hard work and planning that it actually takes to complete a collection.

We were welcomed with great enthusiasm from the models and the fashion week organizers as the Dakota by Design/LENZANITA collection was honored to open the Friday night show.   We look forward to returning to Kansas City again.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Future designers learn to start with their concept on paper before actually creating the finished project.

Sustainable Accessory Design class created many fashionable pieces including footwear, belts, necklaces and bracelets from recycled/reclaimed materials. 

Young fashionista’s attending Design Camp put their fashion illustration ideas on paper.

Friday, May 4, 2012


IDTSD showcased their graduating interior and fashion students' portfolio designs from May 4th thru May 7th at the historic Old Courthouse Museum.

Mrs. Helen Wilson was honored with IDTSD Project: Design Scholarship in her name.  She was accompanied by her daughter, grand-daughter, great-granddaughter and guest designer, Jay Sario.  Mrs. Wilson is a retired Home-Ec/Tailor educator at Sioux Falls Washington High School where she mentored Creative Director, Anita Kealey.

The event opened with the sustainable design collection of Dakota By Design & LENZANITA Couture.

Show featured the Form + Fashion design challenge where both the fashion and interior students were provided with fabrics that can work in both apparel or in decoration, and they were matched with a student from the other program. This learning exercise gave them the opportunity to work with a style or color of someone else’s viewpoint as well interior students being resourceful while using pre-owned or discarded chairs to recover, refurnish or repurpose.  

Fashion runway show debuted our students' design collections

Show finale was special guest, Jay Nicolas Sario with his Project Runway collection.

Thank you to the support of friends, families, volunteers and donors that supported our scholarship fundraising efforts. This year’s event was well attended and a great time was had by all.  Graduation Brunch was held on Sunday, May 6th at Minnehaha Country Club.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Project Runway Finalist Visits IDTSD

Jay Nicolas Sario, Project Runway finalist from Season 7 will be appearing at our annual showcase “Form + Fashion” event at the Old Courthouse Museum on Friday, May 4th.

IDTSD Creative Director Anita Kealey has shown during with Sario the past two years during sustainable fashion week.  Kealey will open with her LENZANITA Spring/Summer 2012 collection, the IDTSD interior & fashion students will debut their runway collections and Sario will close the show with an exciting finale.

Student Design Portfolios will also be on display at the Old Courthouse Museum May 4th thru May 7th. 

Tickets are available at the Institute or call: 275-9728.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Summer 2012 Design Boot Camp Schedule

  • June 4-5: 2-day Fashion Illustration
  • June 11-12: 2-day Basics of Couture Sewing
  • June 18-22: 5-day Fashion Design I  *
  • June 25-29: 5-day Sustainable Fashion Design *
  • July 2-3: 2-day Fashion Illustration
  • July 9-10: 2-day Basics of Couture Sewing
  • July 16-19  4-day Sustainable Accessory Design *
  • July 18-19: 4-day Interior Decor  *
  • July 25-26: 2-day Fashion Illustration
  • July 30-Aug.3: 5-day Fashion Design *

NOTE: Classes fill early.  We try to accommodate the most popular classes and pre-requisite sessions first.  Students with fulfilled pre-requisites from previous sessions are given first options for the 4 to 5 day class choices.  Because we have students at multiple levels of experience we list alternate classes at the same date.  Please register your first choice -- as classes’ fill we will close that class date and may add more class options upon level of interest.  Please call 275-9728 or e-mail us at admissions@idtsd.org