Have you always dreamed of breaking into the fashion industry? Do you live and breathe for new patterns, textures, and colors? Do you have a Pinterest board full of fashion inspiration, a notebook full of ideas, and a closet full of fresh looks?
If the answer to all those questions is a resounding “yes,” you may be a great candidate for Buffalo State College’s Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) Program. A FTT degree unlocks an array of exciting career options in the fashion industry — from photography to design to merchandising. Students who are creative, stylish, and who possess an eye for detail and precision are good fits for the FTT program.
“After I got to campus and learned more about the program, I decided to follow my dream and choose the FTT major, along with a minor in fiber arts,” Wesh said. “I started in fashion merchandising and then took a sewing class and fell in love with design. Sewing is like my therapy. When I get to put everything together for a piece, I come alive.”
"Very few designers have the plus-size woman as their ideal," said Lynn Boorady, chair and associate professor of FTT, noting that this is slowly changing as more niche markets emerge with clothing designed for large-busted women, tall women, and plus sizes. "There are still not great choices, but they are better," said Boorady who wrote about sizing of apparel for overweight and obese consumers for a chapter in the 2014 book Designing Apparel for Consumers: The Impact of Body Shape and Size.
Students who study in the FTT program will develop an ability to analyze fashion and industry trends. They also will be able to apply critical thinking and problem-solving processes to specified problems in design, production, and merchandising; understand past and present fashion trend to forecast future consumer demands; and understand the international production and trade of textile and apparel products and their effect on the U.S economy and the marketplace.
Depending on the area of concentration, students also will be able to work with advanced technology such as body scanning, neurological research, computer patternmaking and avatars, develop skills in both off the shelf and industry specific software. Other aspects of Buffalo State’s FTT program that make it a great choice for those interested in a fashion career include:
The fashion and textile industries are notoriously fast-paced and competitive. For that reason, we encourage students to take advantage of every opportunity they can, including extracurricular activities and regional and national competitions. Our students have achieved top honors in national apparel (Bobbin Show) and textile design (Computer Integrated Textile Design Association) competitions.
We help our students boost their employability through a wide variety of fashion internships, networking opportunities, facilities and extracurricular programs. Below are just a few of the extracurricular options that would be of interest to FTT students:
Fashion and textile technology encompasses much more than just fashion design. FTT extends to the entire industry that surrounds the manufacturing and distribution of apparel and textiles. This broad approach ensures that students are prepared for a wide variety of career options, not just the notoriously competitive arena of fashion design. Fashion is a $370 billion in the United States alone and this is projected to continue increasing.
For example, FTT graduates may find themselves involved in the processing of raw materials into yarn, thread, or fabric; developing new colors, textures, or properties such as fire resistance; helping retail stores change their apparel stock; or working in interior design to create materials for furnishings.
We have had students go onto careers in public relations, human resources, movie production, and many have become successful entrepreneurs. The fashion industry is also branching out into 3D printing, laser cutting and wearable technology all of which have numerous applications in other industries.
Below is a brief list of some potential FTT positions:
If students are willing to go where the jobs are, job placement is high after graduation. We start our students networking early by visiting New York City to meet with industry professional and alumni living there as well as bringing industry speakers to campus. Buffalo State FTT graduates have been employed by major apparel and textile companies, including:
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