image of Fashion Industries students working on their designs and models for their new clothing.

Fashion Industries

Maria Kastrinakis , Instructor
Phone: 610-866-8013, ext. 183

Heather Burkhart, Guidance Counselor
Phone: 610-866-8013 (Ext. 127)

There are many career choices in the fashion field. They begin with the creative idea of a designer and end with the sale of the finished garment to stores by the fashion buyer. An individual who pursues this career path needs an eye for fashions that will sell, an understanding of clothing construction, and the ability to choose the best fabric for each design. Good math skills like measuring and fractions are necessary. Computer skills are used for many areas of this field. Also, good communication skills and a creative mind are a must.

Students learn basic designing skills, drafting patterns, and industrial methods of clothing construction. They make clothing projects that start out simple and as they acquire more skills, they use their creative minds and progress to more difficult projects. They are trained to use a wide variety of sewing machines and equipment. Also, they will acquire an understanding of the principles of fashion merchandising. The more advanced students have an opportunity to learn computerized pattern design on the Lectra CAD system. The nationally recognized Student Occupational Competency Achievement Test will measure a student’s mastery of occupational skills at the end of the program. Students may qualify for the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate, including high performance and job readiness in multiple areas.

Careers in Fashion Industries
Unskilled: None
Semi-Skilled: Machine Operator
Skilled: Sample Maker, Pattern Maker, Tailor, Quality Control Production Manager, Alterations Expert, Dressmaker, Foreperson, Fashion Retail, Showroom Salesperson, Personal Shopper
Technician: Computerized Pattern Maker
Degree Professional: Fashion Designer, Fabric Designer, Costume Designer, Display Designer, Fashion Buyer, Product Development, Instructor