1. Career Edge

Fashion Design in New York City

From the luxury and sophistication of the Upper East Side to the punk rock grit of the Lower East Side, New York City is a vibrant and diverse center of fashion. In this introductory course, explore the fashion industry, from design and marketing to merchandising and styling, and find your individual style. Examine the history and future of fashion through visits to the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and to the Cooper Hewitt, as well as to the studios of luxury accessory designers. Explore the fundamentals of a fashion career by meeting with industry leaders—including designers, merchandisers, and stylists—to discuss design, craft, construction, and trend spotting and to learn what it takes to succeed in the fashion industry today. Through fashion sketching, create a signature look and then build toward sketching a six-piece collection by the end of the week. Please note: This course does not include hands-on experience with sewing or garment construction.

Ideal For

  • High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
  • High school students interested in a career in fashion design

You'll Walk Away With

  • A six-piece sketch collection of your signature looks
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of a fashion career and an understanding of what it takes to succeed in the fashion industry today

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Career Edge Schedule


International Students : May 1, 2018
Residential US Students : June 1, 2018
Commuter Students : July 1, 2018

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