At the School of Fashion, design and merchandising majors showcase their talent and innovation in real-world settings. This energized atmosphere has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs nationally and globally. Students are required to complete both an approved internship and study-away experience before graduating, and more than 3,000 alumni can be found throughout the industry working for the world’s most recognized brands.
Kent State Coronavirus Updates
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This summer we have been working to reaffirm our purpose as a world leading School of Fashion, as well as ensuring we have the right plans in place for safely reopening in the Fall. Although how we operate as a School will change in the short term, let us never forget our purpose and shared values: to empower an ecosystem of socially responsible and inventive fashion thinkers.
Creating a Future We all Believe in and Belong in Equally: An Important Message from the Director
To date, 2020 has brought two globally arresting moments for humanity to deeply reflect upon: COVID-19 and RACISM. They are unimaginably intense. They are real. They bring to the fore a very hard truth: now more than ever, racialized disparities in society, policing, and health, for example, hit our Communities of Color the hardest.
After long conversations and careful considerations - based on our monitoring of the spread of COVID-19 both in NYC and across the globe - the Spring 2021 School of Fashion’s NYC Study Away Program has been cancelled.
Together. Kent State University’s School of Fashion stands united in the pursuit of social equality, social justice, national peace, and community calm.
Molly Langenstein, a 1985 graduate from the Kent State University School of Fashion, was recently announced as the new CEO and President of Chicos FAS effective June 24, 2020.
While many in the fashion world have been focusing on fulfilling the country’s need for masks, a group of industry professionals from New York City’s Garment District is hard at work to fill the void of another much-needed medical supply.
It has been an exciting few weeks for Isabella Diorio. On top of winning the coveted “Best in Show” award during the Kent State University School of Fashion’s Annual Fashion Show, and recently graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in early May, she was just announced as the only finalist from the United States to compete in 2020 iD International Emerging Designer Awards in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Fashion Merchandising Students Use Viral Creativity Reach TikTok Stardom
After being sent home from campus in the middle of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two fashion merchandising students from the Kent State University School of Fashion used their creativity to create viral videos that launched them to TikTok stardom.
While COVID-19 continues to affect millions worldwide and hospitals and medical professionals face shortages of masks and supplies, the students and faculty from the Kent State University School of Fashion are stepping in to help fight the pandemic.
Watch Fashion Show 2.0, a completely virtual showcase highlighting the creativity, craftmanship and resiliency of our seniors! The show embodies an eclectic assortmentof styles, materials and concepts. It offers a bright, fast paced, revealing look at each student'sunique, personal style, creativity and inspiration. You can watch the show on the Kent State Fashion YouTube Channel.
Kent State Fashion Merchandising Student Wins Grand Prize at YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala in NYC
The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s (FSF) 83rd annual gala was held Jan. 7 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan and revealed the next generation of young talent in the fashion industry. Tyshaia Earnest, a senior at Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, emerged as the standout of the evening and was awarded the first-place prize of a $35,000 scholarship.
60+ scholarship opportunities available for current freshmen through senior-level students in design and merchandising. View our entire list of scholarships and criteria!Learn More