Fashion Design Professor Emphasizes Technical Professional Preparation

Mount Ida College’s Fashion Design Program challenges the next generation of professionals to bring new technical skills to the industry as imaginative solutions are crucial now more than ever. With the latest state-of-the-art technologies in our studios, students have an advantage in the fast-paced world of fashion. Our professors teach you to question traditional industry practices with your own distinctive aesthetic sensibility. Your viewpoint matters and we are here to get you ready for successful careers.

Technical edge for graduation

“Besides creating sought after designs, students must be technically ready to enter the fashion industry,” said Phyllis Misite, Program Director and Professor, Ph.D. “Students learn industrial skills in pattern drafting and draping, as well as computer-aided design (CAD). Upon graduation, our students have the demonstrated knowledge necessary for employment since our program has more computer and technical production classes than any other in the region.”

Professor Misite’s passion lies in apparel computer applications and teaching online. In the past, she designed an online course for analog and digital portfolio development. In addition, her CAD courses allow fashion design majors to see how clothing will fit and move. Through utilizing Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop and Gerber Garment Technology, pattern making is translated into computer manipulation to produce a tangible product.

Production experience on the catwalk

Outside of classes, students prepare for the Annual Fashion Show from the beginning of the fall semester to the end of the spring semester. All of their garments are juried by the Boston fashion community. To achieve acceptance into the show, juniors and seniors must demonstrate high quality designs and creativity. This process allows them to learn first-hand about what it takes to produce a large scale fashion show. At the end of the production, they also receive awards, including Most Creative, Best of Show, Best Ready-to-Wear and Best Use of Materials.