The 70’s were a time for bell bottoms and mid drifts; the 80’s a time for big hair; the 90’s who could forget the high wasted jeans. Now, we are in the 21st century and it is time to see what will be said about its fashion.
The school of fashion at Auburn helps students to pursue different areas of fashion from designing their on clothing line to helping them prepare for opening their own stores.
The major of Apparel Merchandising prepares students for careers in the growing area of merchandising brand, and product management.
“With my Apparel Merchandising degree,” says Jill Harvell, a senior in her major. “I can pursue a number of different jobs like becoming a buyer for a store, a store owner, a fashion journalist, or even a merchandise planner.”
Apparel Merchandising majors are required to take a variety of different courses so that when the graduate they are prepared for any job they wish to pursue in the world of fashion.
“We take classes like Textile, which is where you study fibers and chemicals,” says Harvell. “This is a pretty hard class, but we also take some really fun ones like Visual Merchandising where we learn techniques for setting up the inside of a store. This was one of my favorite classes.”
Another class that Apparel Merchandising majors take and that many find absolutely fascinating is History of Costumes.
“In this class, you study the evolution of costumes and clothing over time,” says Harvell. “Any kinds of clothing, shoes and hats have all evolved over time and many of them repeat throughout history.”
After completing all the required classes, Apparel majors are required to complete a 400 hour internship and write in a daily journal about their activities.