Students in the Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) Department were challenged this year with developing a signature plaid for Buffalo State College using the official school colors—burnt orange, purple, and cool gray—plus black. Thirty-seven designs were presented to a focus group of administrators and a student representative, who narrowed the choices down to four.
A website was developed to allow all Buffalo State faculty, staff, students, and alumni to vote for their favorite plaid over the
course of four weeks. By February 20, nearly 1,300 people had voted and a final design was selected. The winning plaid—designed by FTT senior Kaitlyn Emminger—was unveiled at the end of the department’s Runway fashion show in April. Her
design will be in Scotland’s official Register of Tartan and available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble at Buffalo State Bookstore starting in fall 2015.