To become a successful Apparel Designer, you must work extremely hard. How do you feel about cutting, sewing, and measuring? Before you can even begin to think about "The Runway" and all the glamour that comes with it, you must learn the basic fundamentals of garment construction. Nothing comes free, cheap or easy to those would become the top designers who are featured on the world’s stages. Apparel Designers make clothing for all sizes, ages, genders, and situations. Apparel Designers must become familiar with all types of fabrics, dyes, manufacturing methods and forms of distribution. If you're ready, so are the schools who teach it!

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  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
  • Many have student chapters you can join while in college
  • Many offer internships, scholarships, and opportunities in the major

Student Associations

The ASSOCIATION OF KNITWEAR DESIGNERS (AKD) is dedicated to the promotion and accreditation of its professional members. Visit
LAA members today account for approximately 60% of America 's retail dollar volume in leather apparel. Visit
The American Sewing Guild welcomes members of all skill levels and from many different walks of life. Learning new skills, networking with others who share an interest in sewing Visit
FASA, Fashion Accessories Shippers' Association, Inc. has a combined membership of more than one hundred handbag, belt, small leather goods, glove, umbrella and luggage firms. Visit
The mission of SEAMS is to support the resurging US sewn products industry through educational programs that will improve the quality and productivity of the sewn products industry collectively. Visit
USA-ITA is the trade association of the U.S. textile and apparel importing and retailing community, representing their interests before the Congress, the Administration, the business community and the public. Visit
FFANYs mission is to promote and assist the common business interests of our members, who include over 300 footwear manufacturers, representing over 800 fashion footwear brands. Visit
Large group of swimwear trade groups. Visit
Great website for students to understand that fashion is about the ability to make the clothes, not just draw them. Visit
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers which compete in the global market . Visit