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Enduring Style: Practice Makes Perfect showcases the journey fashion apparel travels from idea to actuality, presented through finished garments and a glimpse of the blend of ideas, research, skills and practical applications of fashioning enduring style in a changing world. The installation in the main Willis Tower lobby is divided into four areas: City Style, Event Style, Experimental Style and Art Style showcasing examples of current students and graduates’ ingenuity and the Fashion Studies Department's commitment to encourage each student's individual creativity. In addition, the apparel is supported by fashion photography artfully composed by students in the Photography Department.

Eye on India

In the soaring Wacker lobby, an additional section, Re-styling Tradition, created in partnership with Eye on India presents as a flower-garden of traditional sari fabric re-imagined for the contemporary woman. These creations are housed in three 23 foot massive mannequins made by students in the Fashion Studies and Art+Design Departments. This creative collaboration is on display through September 5th and is free to the public.

Eye on India

Eye on India

Award Winning Faculty

We are thrilled to announce that part-time Fashion Design faculty member Beata Kania won the 2013 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Design!
Read her interview.

Beata Kania Embroidery

Fashion in Italy: Visual Strategies in Retail

Assistant Professor Kate Schaefer took a group of students throughout Florence, Italy for a 5 week course entitled “Fashion in Italy: Visual Strategies in Retail”. The course was designed for upper level students to study the various marketing and merchandising techniques used by retailers ranging from gift shops, market vendors, boutiques, and department stores. Students visited museums, markets, and retailers to analyze the product placement, fixturing, and promotional campaigns. Class visits included The Gucci Museum, Ferragamo Shoe Museum, a leather school, and local and international retailers, among other cultural sites. Side trips included Milan, Rome, Venice, Lake Garda and the Alps.

Fashion Studies Florence 2013



SiLA - Summer 2013

The Semester in LA Costuming for Film and Television program has an emphasis on the two aspects of the costume department: Costume Design and Supervision. With an array of industry professionals invited into the classroom, this five-week intensive course at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood is taught by a working Costume Designer/Producer who teaches students how to analyze and break down scripts for costume needs, develop a budget for costume production and present their character concepts to industry writers and directors.

Fashion Studies New York Summer 2013



Fashion Studies in the Field: New York

Professor Julie Hillery and Assistant Professor Beth Shorrock took 14 students on a weeklong introductory tour of the fashion industry in New York City in May. Drawing on the rich resources specific to the city, the course was designed to enhance upper-level students' knowledge of the local fashion industry including its history, fashion design, production, merchandising, and retailing. The class visited WGSN, Nanette Lepore, Ann Taylor, Kay Unger, Tara St. James, Mood, M&S Schmalberg, the Met, Guggenheim and Museum of the City of New York, among other fashion and cultural sites.

Fashion Studies New York Summer 2013




Special Topics in Fashion: Visual Merchandising Immersion


Boutique Boot Camp by the numbers:
8 students. 6 days. 3 credit hours. 1 colossal success.

Visual Merchandise Immersion
Special Topics in Fashion: Visual Merchandising Immersion
Read the story in Retail Minded