Wayne State University

Fashion Design and Merchandising

Curriculum Guide

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Fashion Design and Merchandising Organization (FDMO)

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Dorothea June Grossbart Historic Costume Collection

This digital collection is the result of collaboration between the University Libraries and the Fashion Design and Merchandising area of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Visit the Dorothea June Grossbart Historic Costume Collection.


Rayneld Johnson
(Ph.D., Wayne State University) Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Merchandising
Research Interests: Art to wear; fiber arts; learning theory and the creative process; historic costume, history of apparel industries.
Susan Widawski
(M.A., Wayne State University) Lecturer in Fashion Design and Merchandising
Research Interests: Couture construction techniques. Social, psychological and cultural aspect of dress. Artwear.

Program description

What is this program?

This program provides a professional concentration in the fields of apparel design and fashion merchandising. The apparel design curriculum enables students interested in creative aspects of clothing to develop competencies for a career in apparel design, including computer-aided design field. The Fashion Merchandising option develops understanding and practical skills related to the buying and selling of fashion merchandise. Possible career options include positions in management, merchandising, fashion promotion and sales, visual presentation and other areas related to the field.

What will I study?

  • To provide an interdisciplinary training that combines skills in the fine arts with technical training in apparel design and fashion merchandising fields.
  • To train in the aesthetic, behavioral, historic, and marketing aspects of apparel design and fashion merchandising.
  • To develop the skills of personal presentation and professional conduct appropriate to the field.
  • To train in the aesthetic and business-world contexts of fashion.

What makes this program unique?

Facilities / Equipment
Fashion Design Lab
Textile Performance Testing Lab
Hands-on Access to an Extensive Digital and Physical Costume Collection
Sewing Machines
Study of Fibers
Study of Fabrics
Textile Testing
Class/individual critiques

What does the program prepare me for?

Types of Positions
Apparel Designer
Accessory Designer
Costume Designer
Fashion Designer
Fabric Designer
Display Coordinator
Fashion Stylist
Personal Shopper
Window Designer
Retail Manager
Textile Performance - Car Industry
Consumer Behavior
Contemporary Business Technology