The Business of Denim Program Featured in the Spring Issue of Sportswear International

The Business of Denim Program Featured in the Spring Issue of Sportswear International

The Business of Denim Program at FIDM is featured in a two-page spread on the state of denim education in the Spring issue of Sportswear International. The Denim Sourcing Issue of the industry publication spoke with Department Chair Amanda Starling for the article.

Focusing on the universities and colleges preparing students for the denim industry with a “reality school” approach, Sportswear International spoke with representatives from Amsterdam Fashion Institute, University of California, Davis' Department of Textiles, and the Jean School in Amsterdam, in addition to FIDM.  

“With the fabric dictating all aspects of a denim garment including aesthetics, character, wash, and fit, we want students to begin the program learning the complexities of selecting denim textiles,” Amanda Starling told the magazine. She shared how students begin by investigating varieties of cotton, other fibers, and yarn development before moving on to dyeing and textile production.

The article’s author, Travis Rice, wrote: “While only the start of their program, it is perhaps not surprising that the holistic approach of dirt-to-jean is a highly requested learning outcome from the industry.” He also highlights the added benefit of curriculum that engages with the fashion industry for real life experiences, noting, " ... as industry innovations and sustainable concepts are introduced, coursework is quickly adapted to incorporate these new technologies and methodologies."

Read more at sportswear-international.com.

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