Fashion Design Department
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Fashion Design provides a unique, interdisciplinary experience that challenges students to bring an artistic and theoretical approach to the work, and benefit from rigorous artistic and professionally oriented training.
In its 89th year, the Fashion department has evolved into a unique place to train the next generation of designers, artists, and thinkers. Our mission is to develop and alarm our graduate's voices to participate in the global discourse. Our multidisciplinary approach to fashion is grounded in teaching technical, digital, artisanal and visceral ways of making, pairing artistic exploration with concept development and skill-building.
The faculty’s national and international professional experience offers unique opportunities for student learning, travel and global internships.
The Department of Fashion Design Supports the Following Degree Programs:
SAIC’s Fashion department offers one of the most intense, interdisciplinary fashion design programs in Chicago. You emerge not only as a skilled designer, but with an awareness of the social, political, and technological forces shaping the 21st century.
Within our Fashion program, you will explore the most progressive achievements in the world of dress and fashion through our Fashion Resource Center, a hands-on collection of late 20th- and 21st-century designer garments representing extreme innovation. The world-renowned art exhibitions and research facilities of The Art Institute of Chicago are located one block from campus.
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Department of Fashion Design
36 S Wabash Ave., Floor 7
Chicago, IL 60603
Sage Foundation Chair in Fashion Design and Professor
Katrin Schnabl firstname.lastname@example.org
Abigail Glaum-Lathbury email@example.com
Senior Administrative Director
Amber Da firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Gessert email@example.com
Assistant Director of Fashion Design Facilities
Dolly Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org
Fashion Design Technical Facility Manager
Triston Antoine email@example.com