About the Class

The world of fashion and merchandising is exciting, fast paced, and creative. The Fashion and Merchandising 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!



my initial impression was this is cool

to be able to go somewhere different to

be able to meet new people at different


my favorite parts sewing designing

coming in sewing every day so that’s

definitely my favorite part

so my business is treypadget.com that’s

where i sell all my products e-commerce

website so

i pretty much

just make everything from scratch

everything i sell sell worldwide i’m

inspired by punk as you can see it’s the

chains the spikes on the hood hoodies

are my strong suit but i go from

pants to sweats to shorts to t-shirts to

the shoes eventually so all handmade too

made 75 goodie bags with all handmade


so a lot of people in my family are

tailors and they make products as well

like dresses for weddings so it’s been a

part of my life but i’ve always wanted

to be an artist of sorts

this is the first year that i’ll

actually be a real business and

everything i have an online website and

i have 15 brand ambassadors it’s

basically people that like my products

enough to want to share it with everyone

that they know

share their own codes share like

discounts and share products that they


you definitely have to be hard working


not an easy out of high school it’s

definitely more advanced if you want to

be able to pursue your passion career

you have to be able to do it at home too

you have to be able to get on yourself

about certain things you don’t have to

know how to sew you make bare minimum

one garment you learn how to like be a

journalist with media messages every


you come in here and you learn a lot for

sure and how to like develop yourself

so when i graduate i’m moving on to fidm

down in la that’s the fashion institute

of design and merchandising i’m planning

to go there for product development more

of the business side than the design


just because you choose a class doesn’t

mean you have to go into that industry

either way you will develop on a

professional level and learn different

skills that you can apply elsewhere i

feel like i’m getting a jump start on


no matter where i go


different and inspiring for sure




Fashion Film Strip
fashion students

Meet the instructor

Fashion Design and Merchandising brings to life the art and business of the fashion world. I am Sylvi Schilbach your instructor at Sno-Isle TECH. My career in design also began in my high school clothing construction classes. After gaining employment in sportswear manufacturing, I earned my degree at Seattle Pacific University. Working in apparel construction and design throughout my career has taught me about the many entrepreneurial opportunities available to pursue one’s fashion industry goals here in the Pacific Northwest. From manufacturing to design to sales and marketing, your fashion career can start and thrive here.

We will study the vibrant fashion industry, history, textiles, and manufacturing fields by first learning about apparel construction details and techniques, moving on to foundational concepts of design and finishing the year with a deep dive into current marketing and merchandising concepts. Throughout the course we will explore the many opportunities that the Pacific Northwest offers for practical applications of our classroom learnings. I look forward to working with you to further support your interests and provide you the foundation from which to pursue your goals in fashion apparel, design, and merchandising.