Introduction to Fashion and Accessory Design
Orientation and move-in is on Saturday, July 15. Last day of classes is Friday, July 28.
The Fashion and Accessory Design course is a hands-on summer program for High School students. It is a two-week noncredit program that aims to provide insight into the multi-faceted world of fashion and accessory design. The emphasis is on how fashion design evolves, where are ideas generated, how a designer creates a collection whether it be fashion or accessories and the workings of the fashion industry.
Students will study the origins of the fashion industry from the glamour of Parisian haute couture to the designers such as Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen currently working on 7th avenue in New York City. London, Milan and Tokyo will also be explored along with Paris and New York through fashion shows, projects and an exciting final presentation that will feature student designs! The emphasis will be threefold; fashion collection development, accessory design and accessory creation.
Working closely with the professors each day in the fashion and accessory studios students will be sketching and creating samples and the course will culminate in a fashion presentation to showcase the student designs in an exciting and professional setting.
All of the School of Design’s programs are housed in The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Syracuse University’s seven-floor building located in downtown Syracuse. Students will be engaged at the Warehouse from 9a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, with an hour break for lunch. The Warehouse is easily accessible from campus using the Connective Corridor bus.
Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.
*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.
*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.
The Syracuse University Fashion Design Department
The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program in fashion design prepares well-educated and highly skilled design professionals in the field of fashion. In first-year foundation students begin with the basic skills of garment construction and fashion design concepts. Students also study experimental textiles, knit design, accessory design, surface pattern design, fashion drawing, history of art, and history of fashion.
Students enter designs in the annual fashion show that attracts area and industry professionals. Seniors present a six- to eight-piece collection. Photographs taken at the fashion show are key to portfolio building. The Fashion Association of Design Students, our student group, plays an active role in the fashion show and also arranges for smaller shows, field trips, and visiting speakers. Our program often welcomes professional designers and retail experts to campus; past visitors have included Oscar de la Renta, Henry Grethel, Tommy Hilfiger, Mary McFadden, Nicole Miller, Thai Nguyen, Todd Oldham, Russell Simmons, and Stephanie Solomon ’72.
Graduates work for design houses in small-scale or mass distribution, trade magazines, fashion periodicals, and support industries.
To learn more about SU’s Fashion Department, click here:
Jeffrey Mayer – Associate Professor Fashion Design, Co-Director School of Design
Program Coordinator for the Fashion Design program, Curator of the Syracuse University Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection and author of ‘Vintage Details; a Fashion Sourcebook’ which features vintage garments from the collection.
His teaching within the program varies from hands-on design in the area of Construction, Flat Pattern, Draping and Illustration to Textiles and the History of Fashion.
Jeffrey holds a advanced degree from University of Connecticut and along with co-designer, Todd Conover, designed high-end evening wear under the label Conover Mayer from 1994-2006 which sold at such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Todd Conover – Associate Professor Fashion Design, Co-Director School of Design
Todd is a senior faculty member in the Fashion Design Program and is responsible for the senior level capstone course and annual Syracuse University Fashion Show. As a professional graphic designer he also teaches Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for the fashion industry.
His teaching has included every facet of the program and as an internationally known metal smith and jewelry designer Todd has an especially strong background in accessory design and jewelry creation.
Todd has a degree in Fashion Design from Syracuse University and was co-designer with Jeffrey Mayer in their business Conover Mayer, 1994-2006. Currently he is a member of the Society of Illustrators and the Society of North American Goldsmiths.