Fashion Design

Fashion grounded in tradition + pushing the boundaries of innovation

The fashion design program at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design offers a well-rounded education in the art, philosophy, theory, and process of fashion design in the 21st century. The extensive curriculum addresses the design process and its relationship to the retail cycle, while also providing hands-on materials learning—including gaining knowledge of fibers, weaves, and finishes used in garment design. Build on your own creativity while learning various techniques, functions, and technologies essential to the process of designing and constructing garments.

Study Collection of Historic Clothing and Accessories
  • 400+ examples, ranging from the mid-1800s to contemporary
  • Library of related books, magazines, and theses
Access to:
  • Fabric Digital Printer – Fibers Studio
  • Laser Engraving + Cutting – MAD Labs
  • 3D Printing – MAD Labs
  • Plotter for printing patterns
Mannequins wearing dresses.
A room of mannequins wearing clothes.
A row of mannequins wearing clothes.

Sage Fashion Collection

The Sage Fashion Collection serves as a resource for students, professionals, and the public. Its holdings encompass a museum-quality collection spanning more than 250 years, as well as a hands-on study collection used in classrooms and fashion design studios.

Sage exhibits and events

Endless learning opportunities

The Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design offers students a variety of opportunties to expand their learning:

Alumni making their mark

A person works on an article of clothing at a table.

Marley Isaacson

Marley Isaacson had an exceptional senior year at IU—she was awarded $30,000 as one of the top 4 national winners of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Geoffrey Beene Competition, and she won the Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. She is a designer at Macy’s in NYC, a role she landed straight out of school.

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