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The Top Fashion Design Schools


If you'd like to follow in the footsteps of fashion designers like Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen or Michael Kors, you need to start by getting some design training in fashion school. Here are some of the Top Fashion Schools in America:

East Coast Fashion Schools:

Photo © Parsons.

Located in America's fashion capital, New York City, Pratt and Parsons are two of the most prominent fashion design colleges in the nation. Both schools offer a BFA, and Parsons is the former teaching home of Tim Gunn, host of Project Runway. Drexel University is located in the nearby city of Philadelphia, and also offers a BFA in Fashion Design.

  • Parsons The New School for Design (New York City, NY)

  • Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City, NY)

  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • West Coast Fashion Schools:

    Photo © FIDM.

    Along with being a celebrity mecca, California is home to some respected CFDA-approved fashion schools - CCA and Academy of Art University, to name two. FIDM is a school that has received a lot of media attention due to the fact that Lauren Conrad of The Hills fame attended classes at the institution.

  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)

  • California College of the Arts (San Francisco & Oakland, CA)

  • Midwestern Fashion Schools:

    Photo © Kent State University.

    The Midwest has a wealth of great fashion programs that should not be ignored. Kent State and the University of Cincinnati are both partners with Teen Vogue's scholarship program, and SAIC is the alma mater of designer Cynthia Rowley.

  • Kent State University (Kent, OH)

  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

  • Southern Fashion Schools:

    Photo © Savannah College of Art and Design.

    If you're intent on going to school in the South, you'll be excited to know that Savannah College of Art and Design's guest speakers have included designers like Zac Posen and Miuccia Prada, the designer of the Prada and Miu Miu lines..

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)

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