What's different about Mount Mary's Fashion Design Program?

Mount Mary University’s fashion bachelor’s degree program was the first in the nation to start a four-year fashion degree program. When you're a fashion design student, you work directly with experienced faculty who have connections with prominent brands such as Harley-Davidson, Fashion Angels, BonTon Inc, Kohl's, Jockey, Lands' End. With small class sizes, you get the attention and mentorship all fashion greats deserve.

Our Historic Costume Collection of 10,000 items showcases 20th century designers which students and faculty regularly access for design inspiration, technical analysis and historical research.

Our notable fashion design alumnae include Donna Ricco, who designed a dress worn by First Lady Michelle Obama on “The View,” Karen Davidson who started the branded line of Harley-Davidson MOTORCLOTHES and Eliza Audley, who designed athletic apparel worn by professional tennis player Lisa Raymond and by other tennis stars during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Design Your Own Career Path

As a fashion design major, you can pursue a career in creative design, technical design and product development. You could even own your fashion design company and become the next Vera Wang, Jason Wu or Donna Ricco. Discover more about fashion design careers.

Curriculum That Encourages Creativity

Mount Mary offers a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design degree, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in fashion design. The fashion design major is designed for students with a passion for art and apparel construction and a strong interest in the process of creating. We embed attributes of creativity, agility, exploration, imagination, open-mindedness, and complexity into your classes, so you can become a designer who is prepared to be challenged by the marketplace in a highly competitive industry.

Alumnae in action

Inspired by kids in general — and specifically by their own children, who make daily appearances at their shop theMINIClassy — Andrea Dotzauer and Michelle Lopez design high-end children’s apparel.

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Student Fashion Show

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Each year Fashion Design and Merchandise Management majors collaborate to plan, produce and manage a professional caliber fashion show featuring student modeling the work of design students. This show, is a part of a larger celebration of the School of Arts and Design which showcases work of all the School departments with an exhibit of art and design student achievement. Branded as CREO, this annual tradition offers many learning opportunities and draws over 1000 guests. Learn more about CREO.

Experience Fashion in New York City and Paris

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Each year fashion students travel to either New York City or Paris for a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry and to explore social justice issues related to fashion and textiles. Destinations alternate each year. These unique study experiences typically occur during winter break.

In New York City visit textile and apparel museums, fabric fairs, forecasting services, design studios, apparel show rooms and influential shopping districts.

In Paris take classes in apparel and accessory design and trend analysis through a partnership between Mount Mary faculty and the Paris American Academy. Also meet European designers, couture drapers, accessory designers, costume historians and trend forecasters, as well as help with a runway fashion show.