Fashion Studies

Watch the "Unmasked: Spirit of the Times," the Annual Student Fashion Show

Start your career in the fashion industry

Look at what you are wearing right now. All apparel must be created by someone who has knowledge of color, fabric and style and can visualize the design, construct the finished garment and bring it to the market in order to entice someone like you to purchase it.

Harper's Fashion Studies Program offers courses in construction, pattern making and design, textiles, illustration, visual merchandising, and trend forecasting. You will receive real-world experience through the Annual Student Fashion Show. The event features students’ original work, and Studio V: A professional, student-run boutique offering locally designed work jewelry, fashion items, accessories, sculpture, art and original pieces.

Earn a career-ready degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed to prepare you for immediate entry into this career field. This is one degree with different areas of specialization. Coursework in the AAS may also prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program. Many of Harper's certificates are stackable to a degree program through additional coursework.

Flexible program options

Resources

Next steps

For more information about starting your fashion studies at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Get the latest news from the Harper College Fashion Studies program.

student using sewing machine

student using sewing machine

Behind the Scenes: Unmasked

Go behind the scenes of Harper's 2021 Student Fashion Show, Unmasked, with these images.... Watch the Video

portrait of Konstantina Tsonis

portrait of Konstantina Tsonis

Ten Questions with 'Unmasked' poster designer Konstantina Tsonis

Harper Graphic Arts student Konstantina Tsonis designed the poster for Harper's 2021 fashion show, “Unmasked: Spirit of the Times.” Here are ten questions with Konstantina.... Watch the Video

Harper College student Karla Bautista sews a garment for the upcoming fashion show

Harper College student Karla Bautista sews a garment for the upcoming fashion show

Virtual Fashion Show a creative collaboration

Influences from a variety of fashion legends and artists will be on display when Harper College's virtual fashion show goes live at 7 p.m. Friday, May 28.... Watch the Video

2020 Harper Student Fashion Show

2020 Harper Student Fashion Show

Imagine: Harper College Fashion Show Spring 2020 Review

Harper College Fashion Design students share their work through "Imagine," the 2020 Fashion Show Spring Review. ... Watch the Video

Oyinkansola Sol Akinola

Oyinkansola Sol Akinola

2019 HOPE Giving Circle Recipient: Oyinkansola "Sol" Akinola

"I am determined to cultivate my own ethical and sustainable channel of production, focusing on the betterment of women of color.” - Oyikansola "Sol" Akinola... Watch the Video

Students work in the Harper College Makerspace

Students work in the Harper College Makerspace

New Makerspace and Entrepreneur Center bringing ideas to life

Harper College’s new Makerspace and Entrepreneur Center aims to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors and engineers to pursue their creative passions and bring their ideas to life by building a vibrant and... Watch the Video

HOPE Giving Circle scholarship recipients Ariana Herrera, Sol Akinola, Alex Aleksandrov and Aleska Schwartz

HOPE Giving Circle scholarship recipients Ariana Herrera, Sol Akinola, Alex Aleksandrov and Aleska Schwartz

HOPE Giving Circle hits $100,000 milestone

The Harper College Educational Foundation's HOPE Giving Circle at a reception last week awarded $10,000 scholarships to four deserving students, bringing the total amount awarded to $100,000 for 10 young women since the... Watch the Video

Front-facing photo of Harper College fashion program alumna Kim Scanlan

Front-facing photo of Harper College fashion program alumna Kim Scanlan

Harper alumna makes her mark in the world of fashion

For Harper College fashion program alumna Kim Scanlan, the road to fashion designer began when her Girl Scout troop visited Harper’s fashion department. ... Watch the Video

Darren Buchanan

Darren Buchanan

Darren Buchanan, Scholarship Recipient

Darren Buchanan is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Gap Fashion Scholarship Fund and the 2016-2017 Marilyn Shiely Coste Memorial Endowed Scholarship. ... Watch the Video