At the Kent State University School of Fashion, we revel in the creativity and confidence of our students.
We believe you should be able to showcase your talent, which is why our fashion design and merchandising majors have the chance to apply their skills and innovation in real-world settings. This authentic experience has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs in the world.
KSU Fashion in the News
Kent State University’s School of Fashion held its first show ever during New York Fashion Week this fall with a creative partnership. Kent State University invited International Fashion Academy (IFA) Paris and International Migration Organization (IMO) to join them with the goal of bringing awareness to the world’s most prestigious fashion schools and the impact of global cultures.
The show took place at the penthouse of Madison Square’s NeueHouse on September 9, 2022. Through collaboration, Kent State University, IFA and IMO’s No Nation Fashion Brand made a statement with Balkan
Mourad Krifa, Ph.D. Named Interim Director of the School of Fashion
Diane Petrella, dean of the College of the Arts is pleased to announce that associate professor Mourad Krifa, Ph.D. will serve as the Interim Director of the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising beginning May 15, 2022.
"Dr. Krifa has a long record of excellence in teaching, research and academic leadership in the field of textiles and apparel, with research that encompasses diverse activities and interests spanning the larger part of the textiles and apparel value chain," said Dean Petrella. "Professor Krifa has served as the Research Coordinator fo
Fashion Design Seniors display work in 2022 Portfolio Showcase Digital Magazine
This year, seniors in the School of Fashion's Fashion Design program had the chance to compete for a spot in our Portfolio Showcase Digital Magazine 2022.
The platform Creatively judged the seniors' work digitally and selected the top portfolios from those that submitted work.
Designed by creatives and for creatives, Creatively is an active space for creators to showcase their work, and for companies and brands to discover amazing talent.
The work of the 32 graduating seniors chosen to be showcased in our Portfolio Showcase
Watch the 2022 Fashion Show Film
On May 1, 2022, the School of Fashion premiered the 2022 Fashion Show Film on YouTube.
The film features designs by 30 School of Fashion students, all of whom also displayed their designs in the in-person Annual Fashion Show that took place April 28-30 in Rockwell Hall.
School of Fashion Welcomes Assistant Professor Michelle Burton
Kent, OH – The School of Fashion at Kent State University is thrilled to announce that Michelle Burton, Ph.D. will join the faculty as assistant professor beginning in Fall 2022.
"We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michelle Burton will join the School of Fashion as an Assistant Professor," said associate school director Noël Palomo-Lovinski. "Dr. Burton's focus of research is sustainability and consumer behavior. She has taught at University of North Texas, Southern New Hampshire University, and consulted at TOMS, the ethical shoe compan
Kent State Ranks High on 2021 Fashion-Schools.org Lists
Kent State University’s School of Fashion once again ranks as one of the best fashion programs in the United States according to Fashion-Schools.org.
Kent State Named one of Nation’s Best for Fashion Merchandising
Kent State University’s School of Fashion has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s best programs in fashion merchandising according to the educational online learning platform, Study.com.
Fashion Seniors Announced as 2021 FSF Scholarship Recipients
Two seniors from the Kent State University School of Fashion were announced as Fashion Scholarship Fund 2021 scholarship recipients. Fashion design seniors Jordan Bigelow and Mattney Yates used their creativity and knowledge to develop case studies focused on current world issues.
Alumna Wins Silver in Multiple Categories at International Design Awards
Kent State University School of Fashion alumna Isabella Diorio’s senior thesis collection “F.E.T.” (Female Engagement Team), took home multiple awards at the 2020 International Design Awards (IDA) virtual event in January. Read more about the awards!
Alumnus ‘Flipped Turned Upside Down’ With the Fresh Prince
Fashion in the 90s was dominated by simple styles, but full of patterns and colors. And you can see and buy those styles mixed with contemporary flair today thanks to Kent State University alumnus, Adam Forrester, who recently designed pieces for the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s” 30th-anniversary collection.
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