Fashion Merchandising

Take a second look at a career in fashion

Your fashionable sensibilities, creativity and professional aspirations are joined together in the exciting field of fashion merchandising, and our program is designed to nurture and support your career growth.

Fontbonne University’s Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising provides a content-rich curriculum designed to enhance students’ technical and creative skills, and enhance their understanding of the ethical and global implications of the fashion business. Faculty are committed to providing students industry exposure, internship possibilities, career options and networking potential by coordinating industry tours, collaborating with fashion professionals and organizing study abroad opportunities. With a degree in fashion merchandising, graduates will be equipped to secure a dynamic career in the global fashion industry.

Program Highlights

At Fontbonne, our program is taught by faculty with real-world industry experience, ensuring that you’ll be immersed in fashion from day one.

  • Credentialed faculty who possess professional industry experience
  • Collaborations with industry professionals
  • Industry advisory board that mentors students and advises faculty on current industry practices
  • Student and faculty participation in fashion-related community events
  • Field-based professional learning experiences
  • Fashion study tours (including Los Angeles and New York City)
  • Professional shadowing opportunities
  • Internships

Recent Learning Experiences

  • On-site learning about the processes involved in a St. Louis-based menswear label rebranding initiative; meeting with the label’s CFO and designer and president of their advertising agency
  • Collaboration with a local fair trade retailer to develop product and organize a pop-up shop
  • Ongoing case study monitoring the evolution of a St. Louis-based fashion entrepreneur and his brand portfolio
  • Student travel for study abroad
  • On-campus student leadership opportunities: Fontbonne ambassador, Fontbonne blogger, Enactus, Fontbonne honors program, Fontbonne Activities Board, Student Government Association

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

Recent Internships

  • Buckle Corporate Headquarters, Kearny, Nebraska (E-Commerce)
  • Stars Design, St. Louis (Merchandising)
  • Weismann Dancewear, St. Louis (Sourcing)
  • Charlotte Russe Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, CA (Allocations)
  • Caleres Corporate Headquarters, St. Louis (Photo-Styling)

Alumni in the Workforce

  • Assistant Buyer, Scrubs and Beyond, St. Louis
  • Assistant Merchant, Banana Republic Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, CA
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator, Tacony Corporation, St. Louis
  • Fashion Photo Stylist, Caleres Corporate Headquarters, St. Louis
  • Marketing Manager, Marcus Lemonis Fashion Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • Inventory Manager, Athleta Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

Fashion Merchandising

Contact Information

6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105

314-862-3456

fbyou@fontbonne.edu

Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm

Real World Business Knowledge

In a business setting, fashion merchandising professionals use a number of different software programs that are critical to success in the field. Fontbonne fashion merchandising students have the unique opportunity to use three of these software programs — Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM, Visual Retailing’s Mockshop and Sourcing Simulator — even before they head out into the real world. These programs are leading technologies on the market — and Fontbonne students are some of the only ones in the country to have access to them long before they accept their first jobs.

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. The windows are updated by students several times throughout each semester, and example of hands-on, real world training offered by Fontbonne’s Fashion Merchandising program.

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 DallasNew 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.

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