During senior year, students in the BFA program design a capsule collection that defines their personal aesthetic. Students are guided by faculty and professional mentors from the stages of concept and research, to pattern and muslin, to final garment construction and presentation. Designs are featured by professional models on the runway in the annual Fashion Design Show and reviewed by external fashion professionals.
Recent professional mentors:
2021: Xavier Brisoux, designer, Maille Haute Sculpture
2020: Philip Fimmano, executive director and curator, Trend Union / Edelkoort Studio
2019: Jillian Shatken, founder/designer, Saylor; WashU alum (BFA07)