Fashion & Merchandising


About the Class

The world of fashion is exciting, fast paced, and creative. This program surveys the fashion industry with emphasis in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and design. Did you ever wonder how the fashion industry works? How are designers inspired to create their clothing lines? What does it take to produce a fashion show?

You will gain practical knowledge creating displays, designing a line of clothing, producing a fashion show, studying the history of fashion and the textile industry.In a professional setting with like-minded classmates, students create and market businesses and clothing lines, run and promote an embroidery and clothing business, plan and execute special events and fashion shows, as well as visit local industries to gain career focus. Learn first hand the skills needed to succeed in the business!

Meet the Instructor

Fashion Marketing and Merchandising brings to life the business aspects of the fashion world. Hi, I'm Susan Rowe, instructor of the Fashion and Merchandising program at Sno-Isle TECH. My career in fashion began in high school, helping my mother in our family owned boutique. I went on to manage my own store, attended buying trips to New York and worked in clothing manufacturing as well. I earned a bachelors degree in Business Commerce from Niagara University and a diploma in Fashion and Merchandising from Shaw Business College Toronto, Ontario. I've been a professional educator for over 25 years teaching Fashion courses at Bryant & Stratton Business School,Edmonds CC, and The University of the South Pacific in Suva, Figi, before coming to Sno-Isle TECH.

Fashion is everywhere! Fashion related employment offers limitless options and environments, especially here in the Northwest. The Seattle area is set for industry growth with local and international designers and retailers. Our location and access to the world through the Port of Seattle, IT Industry support, and excellent educational opportunities in the Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textile career fields expose our students to many career options.

For more information, see our class blog HERE and find us on Instagram: @snoislefashion

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Application opens in early February.