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Fashion Institute 2016
Students from UT Fashion Institute 2016 with faculty member Jessica Ciarla.


"I always knew I had an interest in fashion, but it really wasn't until I took this class that I realized
my true love for fashion and design. After I took this class, I knew that I was going to have a
fashion-related major in college and hopefully will work in the industry some day."

                                                             Emily, former UT Summer Fashion Institute student


WHEN: Dates for UT Fashion Institute, 2019button

June 29th- July 16th, Monday-Thursday, 9:30 AM-12 noon and 1 PM-3 PM

WHO: Open to students completing grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.          

WHAT: Two UT Fashion Institute courses available

Fashion Design and Construction
Gain the basic skills to design and complete a garment from your original sketch. Complete fashion sketches and flats of your designs and construct one of your garments with muslin using draping techniques. Basic drawing and sewing experience helpful but not required. Taught by UT fashion design faculty member Jessica Ciarla, a fashion professional with her own apparel collection.

Fashion Product Development and Merchandising
Learn the business of turning fashion ideas into products, including trend analysis, planning (material selection, cost analysis, supply chains), and the buying process. Write and present your product development proposal. Taught by UT fashion faculty member and fashion professional Sara Stewart Stevens.

  • Learn how to analyze trends and identify target markets for successful products
  • Write and present their new product profiles and product development proposals/business plans
  • Acquire an approach to establishing sustainable outsourcing
  • Better understand how the fashion industry works
  • Start building the skills needed for a fashion career in planning and merchandising