Wayne State University

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Fashion Design and Merchandising

View and download a copy of the Fashion Design Curriculum Guide and sample four-year Plan of Work as a PDF.  Apparel Design  Fashion Merchandising

View a video re-cap of FDMO's spring 2011 fashion show.


  • Rayneld Johnson (Ph.D Wayne State University) Lecturer in Fashion Design and Merchandising 
    Research Interests: Art to wear; fiber arts; learning theory and the creative process; historic costume, history of apparel industries.
  • Susan Widawski (M.A Wayne State University) Lecturer in Fashion Design and Merchandising
    Research Interests: Couture construction techniques. Social, psychological and cultural aspect of dress. Artwear. 


Program description

What is this program? 

This program provides a professional concentration in the fields of apparel design and fashion merchandising. The apparel design curriculum enables students interested in creative aspects of clothing to develop competencies for a career in apparel design, including computer-aided design field. The Fashion Merchandising option develops understanding and practical skills related to the buying and selling of fashion merchandise. Possible career options include positions in management, merchandising, fashion promotion and sales, visual presentation and other areas related to the field.


What will I study? 

  • To provide an interdisciplinary training that combines skills in the fine arts with technical training in apparel design and fashion merchandising fields.
  • To train in the aesthetic, behavioral, historic, and marketing aspects of apparel design and fashion merchandising.
  • To develop the skills of .personal presentation and professional conduct appropriate to the field.
  • To train in the aesthetic and business-world contexts of fashion.


What makes this program unique? 

  • Facilities / Equipment
    • Fashion Design Lab
    • Textile Performance Testing Lab
    • Sewing Machines
    • Classroom
  • Techniques
    • Study of Fibers. 
    • Study of Fabrics
    • Merchandising
    • Textile Testing
    • Class/individual critiques


What does the program prepare me for?

  • Positions
    • Apparel Designer
    • Accessory Designer
    • Costume Designer
    • Fashion Designer
    • Fabric Designer
    • Display Coordinator
    • Fashion Stylist
    • Personal Shopper
    • Window Designer
    • Retail Manager
    • Textile Performance - Car Industry
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Buyer
    • Contemporary Business Technology



Visit the Dorothea June Grossbart Historic Costume Collection

This digital collection is the result of collaboration between the University Libraries and the Fashion Design and Merchandising area of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.