Fashion Merchandising Major

The Fashion Merchandising program provides a strong foundation of content-rich courses that include technical and creative knowledge designed to enhance students’ ethical and global perspectives of the fashion business. Industry tours, internships, and study abroad opportunities support the faculty’s commitment to provide students with industry exposure, internship possibilities, career options, and networking potential. With a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising, graduates will be equipped to compete in a wide variety of career options in ever-changing global fashion-businesses.

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    Meet Elaine

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    Passion for Fashion

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Fashion Merchandising Program Highlights

  • Small classes and dedicated professors
  • Personal connections/mentoring
  • Insight from our professional advisory board
  • Use of YuniquePLM — professional, product lifestyle management software (read more below)
  • Involvement in fashion-related community events
  • Field-based professional learning experiences at on-site locations
  • Fashion study tours: Los Angeles and New York City
  • Professional shadowing opportunities
  • Junior and senior internship(s)

Fashion at Fontbonne

  • "Yunique" Business Knowledge

    In a business setting, fashion merchandising professionals use product lifestyle management software to track products from their inception to their production to their final sale. Fontbonne fashion merchandising students have the unique opportunity to use one of these software programs — Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM — even before they head out into the real world. This software is one of the leading PLM technologies on the market — and Fontbonne students are some of the only ones in the country to have access to it long before they accept their first jobs.

  • Design on Display

    Design on Display

    The fashion merchandising program at Fontbonne University controls the design of two large display windows located in the main entryway of Anheuser-Busch Hall. This spring, an independent study class dressed the windows, inspired by a Marimekko textile and print exhibit at the St. Louis Art Museum. Ashley Kemper, Bridget Scheetz and Ali Waters, all senior fashion merchandising majors, created the bold, black and white display in the photo shown above. The windows are updated several times throughout each semester.

  • Fashion Firsthand

    Fashion Firsthand

    Fashion merchandising faculty coordinate annual study tours that provide students the opportunity to learn about the industry firsthand from practitioners in the field. Leading students on excursions to Dallas, New York and Los Angeles, faculty arrange opportunities for students to visit a variety of companies ranging from those in product development and marketing, to brick-and-mortar and e-commerce retailing. These opportunities, like a visit to Sean Jean in New York, pictured above, allow students to better contextualize what they learn in the classroom, while networking with industry professionals and getting a feel for the breadth of jobs that await them upon graduation.

In-Field Learning Experiences and Awards

fashon show 2014

  • Student-Produced Fashion Show
  • Students Awarded Competitive Scholarships from FGI St. Louis
  • Study Abroad Opportunities: London, Italy, France, and more
  • Student Leadership Opportunities: Fontbonne Ambassador, Fontbonne Blogger
  • Student Organizations: ODK, FAB, SGA, Enactus
  • St. Louis Fashion Week
  • St. Louis Art & Culture: Exhibits at St. Louis Art Museum, Sheldon Art Gallery, Fontbonne Fine Arts Gallery

See photos of these and more fashion merchandising projects, events and opportunities.

 

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Course Samples

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Recent Internships

  • Chanel, NYC (Mgmt.)
  • Soft Surroundings, St. Louis (Technical Design)
  • Nordstrom, St. Louis (Mgmt.)
  • Michael Kors, NYC (Retail Development)
  • Hammer and Hand, St. Louis (Social Media/Marketing)
  • St. Louis Fashion Week

Fashion Merchandising Career Opportunities

Fontbonne University’s Fashion Merchandising Graduate Successes

  • Divisional Merchandise Manager, Nordstrom
  • Men’s Brand Manager, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Merchandise Manager, Rung
  • Assistant Department Manager, Nordstrom Rack
  • Allocations Analyst, Charlotte Ruse, Corporate Headquarters
  • Assistant to Buyer, Caleres
  • Merchandiser, Aquarius, Ltd.
  • Sr. Product Developer, Build-a-Bear
  • Account Executive, Nanette Lepore

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu