Fashion School

Ten students from The Fashion School at Kent State University received YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards with one of the students, Andrew Shafer, receiving an award at the $10,000 level.


Kent State University’s Fashion School has again been recognized in the Business of Fashion’s annual Global Fashion School Rankings. Moving up two spots in the undergraduate program category, Kent State’s Fashion School is ranked No. 17 worldwide in the 2017 review – a two-spot improvement from last year. In the Business of Fashion ranking, the Fashion School continues to be ranked No. 4 in the United States only behind Parsons School of Design, FIT and SCAD.

Kent State sophomore fashion design and business student Madeline Mehler launched a business that creates a more sustainable, lower carbon-footprint approach to making clothes.

Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has once again been named among the nation’s elite, according to new rankings from

For Fashion Merchandising, the school has been rated #3 Nationally (top 2 percent of schools considered), #3 Nationally among public schools and colleges (top 4 percent of schools considered), and #1 in the Midwest.

Fashion School alumnus Michael Cunningham reflects on his career path and more in this video. Michael is head designer and creative director at Joan Vass and also teaches at the Fashion School's NYC Studio.

A partnership of the Fashion School's TechStyleLAB and LaunchNET at Kent State University, the Fashion/Tech Hackathon gathers students from many majors and from across the nation to innovate and conceptualize in the realm of wearable technology over a 36-hour period.

The Kent State Fashion School's 2017 Annual Fashion Show, FS2 Presented by Michael Kors, took place April 28 and 29. Watch complete footage from this year's show, subtitled "Reverie."

Gift to endow Fashion School chair and support study-away program for students

Kent, Ohio – May 1, 2017 – Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio. The gift will fund two initiatives: $1.5 million to endow a chair to support the Fashion School’s director and a matching grant of up to $1 million to support the study-away program benefiting fashion school students. 

The public lecture by Don Witkowski — slated for noon on Friday, April 28, at the Kent State University Fashion School — has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Don Witkowski, president of men’s at Michael Kors and a Kent State alumnus, is this year’s inductee into the Fashion School Hall of Fame. Witkowski will still attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, taking place the evening of Saturday, April 29, as part of the Annual Fashion Show, FS2 Presented by Michael Kors.