Renowned Fashion Designer Sergio Hudson Visits BMOS

Beyoncé, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, and Priyanka Chopra are among the stars and celebrities that luxury fashion designer Sergio Hudson has styled. Last week, he Zoomed into a Bryn Mawr Online class to talk with students and faculty. 

Originally from South Carolina and now based in Los Angeles, Hudson rose to fame after designing Vice President Kamala Harris’ and former first lady Michelle Obama’s inauguration looks in January 2021. 

During the BMOS discussion, Hudson shared the story behind Obama’s inauguration outfit and offered many insights into the fashion industry. Students asked numerous questions, and Hudson discussed his design philosophy of “designing for everyone” and provided advice for students entering the field of fashion. He spoke about what it means to be a Black designer and hopes his success paves the way for future designers. 

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Meet Mallory Pladus

English Teacher

Where do you live?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What do you like about teaching online?
I like the small school environment, the ambitious students BMOS attracts, and the flexibility learning and teaching online affords students and faculty.

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school?
Hike, travel, play frisbee, and spend time on the Jersey Shore.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan. My dad is half Japanese, and there is a rumor in our family that he and my aunt relinquished property rights to a small portion of a mountain in Japan. I’d like to go see that mountain.

Best way to spend a Saturday?
Reading outside.

What do you want students to remember about you?
I want them to remember that I did my best to make literature open up for them in surprising, intriguing ways and that I cared about their ideas.

Personal catchphrase?
“Let’s reflect on this.”

Who inspires you?
Writers I love: James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, to name a few.

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS (and why)?
The poet Sarah Ali visited our English 9 and 10 classes to discuss her poem about animal roadkill. The students asked great questions, and she gave thoughtful answers. We broached a topic that often feels too intractable to talk about.