Fashion Studies

Is there a better place to study fashion than New York City?

New York City is home to a variety of schools that offer various forms of fashion education. Fordham is unique in that it offers fashion studies in the context of a traditional, four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts college. 

We believe that this the ideal context in which to prepare students to enter the fashion industry. It provides them with a broad understanding of the many ways in which fashion functions in the world today: culturally, sociologically, politically, psychologically, and economically. 

Like so many other fields, the fashion industry is in a time of transformation. Growth in emerging markets, the rise of new media and social networks, and increasing pressure to develop merchandise that is produced and marketed ethically and sustainably are among the various challenges impacting the world of fashion today. Fordham’s fashion studies minor is designed to empower young people to meet these challenges with the intelligence, innovation, and humanity necessary to bring about positive change in the industry.

Complementary Majors
The fashion studies minor pairs well with many of Fordham’s majors, preparing students to engage with their preferred facet of the industry.

Cultural Majors
Culturally based majors can use their study of fashion to bolster their understandings of different demographics, making them well suited to consumer insights; trend forecasting; marketing; public relations; and working in a museum, archive, or university. (These majors include communication and culture; anthropology; sociology; psychology; women, gender, and sexuality studies; African & African American studies; Latin American and Latino studies; history; art history; medieval studies; and modern languages.)

Creative Majors
Students studying the visual arts may choose to focus their artistic energy on fashion or textile design, fashion photography, illustration, or styling. Those more inclined toward the written word (such as English, creative writing, journalism, or comparative literature majors) might consider fashion journalism, creative direction, or various types of content creation. Theatre, dance, film and television, and music majors may expand their performance knowledge to fields such as costume design, wardrobe supervision, fashion show production, makeup artistry, or modeling. 

Business Majors and Pre-Law Students
Fashion is big business. In fact, the industry is valued at more than $2.5 trillion dollars! It’s easy to see why business students (such as those studying accounting, finance, business administration, marketing, or global business) may consider becoming a marketing executive, merchandiser, buyer, CEO, CFO, or accountant of a fashion company. Political science and economics majors as well as pre-law students might consider representing a fashion brand or company, or more specifically preparing for the growing field of fashion law (the Fashion Law Institute is headquartered at Fordham Law School!).

STEM Majors
Two of the biggest topics in fashion are sustainability and the role of technology. Environmental science and environmental studies students will be well prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable fashion, as will chemistry majors who may be interested in creating synthetic textiles or pursuing textile conservation. Computer science and digital technology and emerging media majors might focus on web and app design for a designer or label, or they might innovate new technology for creating or merchandising fashion.