Apparel Industry Management

A strategy for success

Have you ever wondered what it takes to turn a great idea into a successful apparel business? Whether it's a clothing line, new company, or the latest must-have label, evolving from the initial concept to the final style or silhouette requires an intriguing mix of style savvy and business know-how. With the right skills, burgeoning fashion entrepreneurs have the opportunity to become industry visionaries. You could be next.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Create a cohesive apparel collection.
  • Select appropriate fabrics for the needs of the target market and garment functionality.
  • Develop innovative apparel products.
  • Make key tactical supply chain decisions.
  • Manage a team effectively.
  • Utilize state-of-the-fashion-industry technology.
  • Navigate the global marketplace.
  • Research and predict trends.
  • Develop global sourcing strategies.
  • Write a comprehensive business plan.

Why FIDM?

This major provides students with an intriguing mix of design savvy and business know-how. The classrooms simulate all aspects of an apparel company, so students learn in an environment and with technology that is true to the industry.

The program teaches all phases of innovative product design, line development and supply chain management.

Our Apparel Industry Management major is endorsed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

I met a lot of great people–definitely lots of connections in the industry. I also learned all the different fashion industry terms and learned what actually goes into making a garment – every process from inspiration to the very end. It was super helpful."-- Andrea Hamilton, Owner of Agent Icon.

A Closer Look

The Apparel Industry Management Program is designed to prepare students for eventual ownership and/or management of a global fashion manufacturing company. The program combines creativity, business knowledge, and computer technology, involving the student in all phases of product innovation, line development, global sourcing, production planning, technology use, sales management, financial control, and global human resources management. The curriculum stresses the importance of leadership, teamwork, creativity, and effective communication in decision-making from the visionary development of the initial concept to the delivery of the finished product.

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