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Spring 2013 News

FMD Program Ranks as Top 50 Fashion Program

CHHS is honored to announce that its Fashion Merchandising and Design Program has ranked as one of the top 50 fashion programs in the United States.   Criteria used to determine the ratings include, according to the website, “academic reputation, admissions selectivity, depth and breadth of program faculty, and geographic location.”  Of particular note, fashion-schools.org noted/highlighted the CSULB FMD program’s annual Campus Couture fashion show held every spring.  This event showcases junior and senior talent in the Fashion Merchandising and Design Program.   Campus Couture marked its 25th anniversary in 2013.  To read more about the ranking, visit here.  

About Campus Couture

A 25 year-old tradition was celebrated during the annual California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Campus Couture Fashion Show on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.   Original garments are designed, constructed, and modeled by students enrolled in the university’s textile and clothing major course of study in the CSULB Fashion Merchandising and Design program. Design students create the garments while merchandising students participate in the fundraising and production of the show.

The Campus Couture Fashion Show is a signature event that brings national attention to CSULB as home to one of the foremost Fashion Merchandising and Design programs in American higher education.  Strategically located in trend-setting southern California, fashion design students at “The Beach” utilize the event to showcase their creativity that embodies our region’s casual but elegant lifestyle known world-wide and emulated in the high fashion houses of Paris, Milan and Tokyo. 

Professor Suzanne Marshall, director of the FMD program is the faculty advisor who mentors the student event coordinators on various aspects of the Campus Couture Fashion Show.  Under her guidance, it has grown to become one of the largest student-run events at CSULB.  Planning and fundraising begins a year in advance in order for the students to have the opportunity to show their designs, produce and market the show. 

Housed within The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the academic mission of the Fashion Merchandising and Design program is to offer baccalaureate degree programs of study to develop professionals in apparel design, product development, production, and merchandising. Instruction, research, and service are combined to meet individual, family, and international community textile and apparel needs.

About the FMD Program

Housed within The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the academic mission of the Fashion Merchandising and Design program is to offer baccalaureate degree programs of study to develop professionals in apparel design, product development, production, and merchandising. Instruction, research, and service are combined to meet individual, family, and international community textile and apparel needs.   To learn more about the program, please vist the program's website.