This pathway is open to students interested in becoming costume designers, fabric and apparel patternmakers, fashion designers, pattern designers, textile knitting and weaving machine operators and textile, apparel and furnishings workers. It offers courses in fashion design and fashion construction and provides students the opportunity to earn industry-level certifications in Advanced Patternmaking, Apparel Construction and Textiles.
The Fashion Construction Pathway provides students with the opportunity to learn how to construct clothing and accessory items that involve basic to more advanced sewing skills, such as skirts, button down shirts, dresses, jackets, swimwear, jeans, tote bags and more.
In College Fashion Construction, students participate in the Harper College Little Black Dress Competition to gain real-world experience. Advanced students compete in the Harper Challenge Competition, with winning garments featured in the annual Harper Fashion Show.
Students who complete two of the courses can participate in the District’s fashion internship program.
All of the program’s courses except for Fashion Design are dual credit. They are offered at Buffalo Grove High School and Rolling Meadows High School. Students who are enrolled at other schools in District 214 will travel to one of these schools to take these courses during the school day at no expense to the students.
Work Based Learning Experiences in Fashion
Student interns have completed a variety of tasks in the Fashion field, including, but not limited to:
- Learning from industry professionals about design styles, merchandising, current trends, and pricing
- Assist with creation of window display and social media initiatives to market new items
- Under the supervision of the professional, research, purchase, and display seasonal merchandise