Jefferson Named Top 10 Fashion Program in U.S. by Fashionista

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) has been named the seventh best fashion program in the U.S. in the latest Fashionista rankings, the influential fashion web site announced Oct. 3.

Fashion design student Madison Chamberlain won best of show at the 2017 Fashion Show for her Victorian duster in collaboration with textile design student Becky Flax.

Fashion design student Madison Chamberlain won best of show at the 2017 Fashion Show for her Victorian duster in collaboration with textile design student Becky Flax.

Fashionista said Jefferson is “focused on providing a holistic approach to fashion design education — addressing not only design but also technology, production, business and other elements required to actually make it as a designer.”

Fashionista also highlighted Jefferson study abroad programs, which offer students global experience, and the University’s proximity to New York’s fashion industry.

“We are the most industry-focused fashion program,” said Sheila Connelly, Jefferson’s fashion design program director. “We are not just focused on the creative bubble – we are developing students who are ready to hit the ground running throughout the industry. They learn about fashion from all aspects including production, branding, technology and distribution. We consistently get great feedback from employers on the preparedness of our students.”

Fashionista based its rankings on such measures as the successful placement of graduates in industry jobs, including major fashion houses, commercial labels and other important fashion businesses, and student and alumni feedback.

Recent fashion design alumni Maria Balestino and Huyen Doan collaborated with M.S. surface imaging students on this collection featured at the influential Epson Digital Couture Project in February.

Fashion students Maria Balestino and Huyen Doan collaborated with surface imaging students on this collection featured at the Epson Digital Couture Project at New York Fashion Week last February.

“We surveyed thousands of past and present students about their experiences at each school,” Fashionista said. “We also considered the quality of the faculty, the practical and business training on offer, resources, technology social life, career counseling and financial aid options.”

Fashionista previously ranked Jefferson’s fashion programs, which include fashion design, textile design, fashion merchandising and management, textile materials technology, fashion design management, global fashion enterprise and textile engineering, among the top 50 in the world. They will be releasing their latest international rankings next month.

Jefferson consistently has been named a top fashion program in other prominent rankings. In May, CEO World ranked Jefferson as the eighth best fashion program in the U.S. and 28th best globally. Business of Fashion last year ranked Jefferson’s undergraduate and graduate fashion programs, respectively, 24th and 17th in the world.

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Textile engineer Mark Sunderland fits rower Chierika Ukogu for her seamless unisuit and tights worn during the Rio Olympics.

Last fall, the University opened its state-of-the-art $3 million Fashion and Textiles Futures Center to advance its innovative fashion and textiles curricula and enhance partnerships with industry leaders to more closely connect students to current and future jobs in a global and evolving marketplace.

And each year, Jefferson hosts an Annual Fashion Show that features the best of each year’s student designs, many of them collaborations between fashion and textile designers. More than 1,000 students, family members, industry leaders and fashion media representatives attended the April 2017 show.

“The Fashionista ranking is a wonderful recognition of the breadth and depth of the Jefferson fashion and textile programs,” said Marcia Weiss, associate professor of textile design and director of the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center. “This illustrates how the unique collaborative experience that students gain at Jefferson helps them step into successful careers.”

Interested in fashion or textiles? Whether it’s your first visit to campus or a follow-up visit, Discover Fashion and Textiles Day on Oct. 24 is a great way to learn more about the fashion and textile programs at Jefferson. Register here.

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