of Fashion Design
School of Design,
a division of The New School has become a household names thanks to
hosting the television series Project Runway, created by Parsonís
fashion design professor Tim Gunn. Parsonís is a well-renowned
institution and is considered to emphasize concept and theory.
Graduates from Parsons include Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Isaac
Mizrahi, and Tom Ford. The New School has distinguished alumni not
only in fashion design but in other areas of art and culture:
Madeline dLíEngle, Jack Keroac, Marlon Brando, Eleanor Roosevelt,
and Tennessee Williams to name a few. Tuition: $40,000.
Fashion Institute of Technology, or
FIT is located in Manhattan just south of the garment district. This
institution is known for its detail in construction and a heavy
emphasis on technique, and is world renowned. FIT is a CUNY school,
an acronym for City University of New York, which means its a public
school and much less expensive than its competitors. Students begin
working towards an associateís degree and may choose to progress to
a bachelorís after the first two years of study. Perks include the
Museum of FIT with head curator Valerie Steele. Alumni include
Calvin Klein, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors. Tuition: $3,714 per
year in state, $11,142 out of state.
program for fashion design is considered one of the top in the
country and includes a six month co-op internship as well as a study
abroad option for sophomores with the London College of Fashion.
Students have gone on to graduate school at La Chambre. Tuition
in Ohio is an elite fashion school that takes a well-rounded
approach to design and construction by offering two different
methods of study: one more focused on concept and illustration, and
the second on technicality and problem solving. The scholarship
endowment is large, and the university offers study abroad programs
for students in Paris and Milan. Tuition: $9,000 in state, $16,900
out of state.
of The University of the Arts, London, is regarded as one of the
most (if not the most) prestigious fashion design schools in the
world, boasting alumni such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney,
and John Galliano. The school is also known for its elite
professors, such as Louise Wilson, who taught all three designers
mentioned above. Tuition: $14,900-$20,000.
College of Fashion Although
better regarded for its fashion journalism and merchandizing
schools, their design courses are strong and focus on technique.