Apr 11, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Fashion Design

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The Fashion Design Department teaches students to research, design and construct both couture and ready-to-wear garments. Students are encouraged to explore their individual interests and to develop their own style as they master illustration, design, pattern drafting and mass-production techniques.

Traditional methods of foundation and shape are developed for couture and bespoke clothing. Trend forecasting and fabric innovations are explored for ready-to-wear line production. Computer knowledge in industry software Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator along with Gerber CAD are incorporated into the curriculum.

Program faculty teach time-honored design methods along with computer design technology as students complete ensembles in a variety of apparel categories while considering issues of marketability, cost, care and comfort.

For the degree project undertaken during the senior year, students create a signature collection, drawing upon independent research and their individual aesthetic. Students have participated in Council of Fashion Designers of America competitions and team projects with the Italian Trade Commission, Chadwick’s and Karmaloop.

Fashion design students obtain internships and positions - from designing to manufacturing and product development; theater costuming and retail merchandising - with Michael Kors, Rag and Bone, DKNY, Anna Sui, Boston Ballet, Victoria’s Secret, Puma, Zac Posen, Tory Burch, Betsy Johnson, Armani AX, Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok, Boston Conservatory, Phillip Van Heusen, Natori,  Talbots, Fossil, Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, J.Jill, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, and Rick Owens.

Fashion Design Faculty


Sondra Grace, Professor
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
MA, University of Massachusetts

Renee Harding, Professor
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA, Acadamy of Art University

James Mason, Associate Professor
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
MA, Lesley University

Jennifer Varekamp,  Professor
BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
M.Ed, Harvard University


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