Fashion Design and Merchandising
- Margaret Hull MFA, Lecturer
- Roslyn Karamoko BA, Lecturer
- Heather McCali MFA, Assistant Professor (Fibers and Fashion Design and Merchandising)
The Fashion Design and Merchandising program offers a professional concentration in the fields of Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. The Fashion Design curriculum enables student development in conceptual and technical aspects of clothing design from material testing and ideation to finished garment. Studios and labs are well-equipped to provide students the space and tools necessary to explore materials and forms that fulfill their design goals. The Fashion Merchandising option promotes understanding and practical skills related to the buying and selling of fashion products and their development. Instructors bring a range of professional experience to program courses and are active participants in creative fields. Guest lecturers share relevant experience with students and offer networking, internship, and other opportunities in design, fashion journalism, and styling, among other career paths.
- To provide interdisciplinary training that combines skills in fine arts and design with technical training in Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising fields.
- To address aesthetic, behavioral, historic, cultural, and marketing aspects of Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising.
- To promote professional practices including portfolio development to prepare students for careers in the fashion industry.
- To engage in critical dialogue about the role of fashion in contemporary culture.
- To challenge students to consider how they might respond to and positively impact the world of fashion.
Facilities / Equipment :
- Fashion Design and Drafting Lab
- Textile Performance Testing Lab
- Digital and Physical Costume Collection
- Sewing Lab with Sergers, and Industrial and Non-Industrial Sewing Machines
- Computer-Aided Drawing Software
- iPads with Apple Applications for design work
- Computer Lab with Adobe Software
- Dress Forms
- Gravity Irons
Techniques: Fibers, Fabrics, Visual Merchandising, Product Development,Textile Testing, Garment Construction including Tailoring, Flat Patterning, Draping and additional advanced construction techniques, Machine Sewing, Ideation and Conceptual Development, Fashion Illustration, Group/Individual Critiques,Portfolio Development