Why Our Program?
- You will see yourself grow as a designer, as you begin with basic skills of garment construction, fashion design concepts, and drawing techniques, then progress to draping, conceptual design, and turning your drawings into three-dimensional forms, and finally, finished designs.
- You gain experience--and photos for your portfolio—when you exhibit your senior collection at our on-campus fashion show. Select collections are exhibited in our New York City fashion show, which attracts industry professionals.
- By joining the Fashion Association of Design Students, the program's student group, you can get involved in our fashion shows, field trips, and more.
- You may study abroad in London, England, through our direct placement program with the London College of Fashion.
- You will engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting designers and educators who come to The Warehouse to lecture and critique work.
- When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at VPA and beyond.
The fashion design program is located on the seventh floor of SU's Nancy Cantor Warehouse, home of the School of Design. The building, located in downtown Syracuse, features professional studio facilities for each design program; two shared computer labs; a printing lab; and Design Works, a fabrication lab. The seventh floor is also home to the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, which is comprised of more than 2,500 women’s garments and accessories from 1820 to the present. The collection is used for exhibition, research, and as classroom examples.
Throughout the year the fashion design program and the School of Design welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting designers and educators to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these guests, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth.
Past guests have included Michelle Cox ’09, Amy de la Haye, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Dweck, Emme ’85, Henry Grethel, Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Katz ’05, Michael Kors, Sondra Mastrelli ’99, Mary McFadden, Nicole Miller, Thai Nguyen, Todd Oldham, Whitney Osborne ’05, Lynn Samuels ’83, Cibeline Sariano '96, Russell Simmons, Stephanie Solomon '72, Kate and Andy Spade, Susan White and Barbara Warren, and Danna Weiss ’95.