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SXF 020 Costing: How to Win the Garment Game
You'll never have to say "sales were great, but we lost money" after completing this basic costing program. Reduce the gambles in apparel and related accessories manufacturing by learning how to cost out a product correctly. Course emphasizes the importance of establishing prices that customers are willing to pay while reducing financial risks, achieving return on investments, and increasing net profitability. Reviews accounting theory applicable to the fashion business.

Instructor: Bernard N. Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant.

SXF 030 Key Finance Fundamentals for Every Fashion Professional
Acquiring financial knowledge on the business of fashion is essential for today's successful fashion executive. Learning and applying financial concepts such as net sales, cost of goods sold, gross profit, operating income, net income, assets, liabilities, and financial ratios are essential to managing a successful business. If your work is measured by the bottom line but your passion is for product and not numbers, or you wish to delve deeper into the business of fashion, this course is also for you. Why not invest in making yourself more finance-savvy by gaining a firm understanding of the elements which drive profit and financial success.

Instructor: Vincent Quan, associate professor, Fashion Merchandising Management; former retail and manufacturing planning and inventory control vice president.

SXF 117 How to Pilot Your Business in a Social Media World
Learn social media and digital marketing best practices for successful target market outreach. Discover how to market yourself and your products more effectively and efficiently using companies that were non-existent a few years ago, such as Amazon, Facebook, and Uber. Gain strategic and thoughtful direction for navigating business in the newest digital environment. 

Instructor: Dalia Strum, consumer and business strategic digital media expert, and fashion-related social shopping consultant, and chief content officer, The Current.

SXF 120 55A Intro to The New Blog Style for Fashion Business 
Further develop your fashion blog to increase views and commerce. Blogging has evolved from wordy epistles into visual stimulus. Become one of the many companies using blogs as an essential part of their digital marketing strategy to humanize brands and drive traffic to their website. Discuss best practices you can use to connect with your audience incorporating up-to-the-minute digital strategies.

Instructor: Dalia Strum, consumer and business strategic digital media expert, and fashion-related social shopping consultant, and chief content officer, The Current.

SXF 140 Product Development: Using Social Networking, Blogging, and Fashion Digital Marketing
Yes, the fashion industry is leading the social networking evolution as a means of connecting new trends and customers. Learn how online communities from Facebook to Linked-in to Tumblr to Instagram to Twitter allow you to communicate the fashion landscape. Discover how to leverage social networks transforming them into social commerce opportunities. Hands-on activities include creation of effective social network content, learning about frequency, relevancy and tagging as well as how to develop and manage a Blog for your fashion interest. Special attention will be given to effective research methods. leading topic selection, value added content as well as how to leverage successful blogs to attract advertising income.

Instructor: Bernard Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, and manufacturing consultant. 

SXF 200 How to Style, Plan, and Merchandise an Apparel Line
Learn the best process for creating a cohesive and saleable apparel line whether you are on the manufacturing side, as a designer, or are part of a product development team. Start with the merchandising function, which stresses how to plan the right fashion products and implement customer targeting for regional markets. The design process including color, fabric, and silhouette selection are demonstrated and sourcing is discussed. Information on the first sample and the control steps vital to the production phase, both domestic and foreign is included. Learn how to present a collection and receive tips on resources throughout the world.

Instructor: adjunct professor, Fashion Design; fashion designer, couture and bridge late day into evening and special occasion apparel.

SXF 201 Apparel Production: From Concept to Product 
Learn all the phases of the production process to bring a fashion-related product line to market. Program introduces a step-by-step analysis of the preproduction process and production requirements, including prototype fitting modifications, vendor communications, garment costing, and price negotiations. Delivery negotiations are discussed, fabric and garment lab testing are covered, and garment labeling is explained. Learn how to set up time and action calendars, meet social compliance and custom requirements, and establish specifications for quality control.

Instructor: Svetlana Zakharina, product developer, designer, creative director, Aleana's Bridal.

SXF 218 How to Design and Merchandise Your Own Accessory Line
Learn how to build an accessory line from soup to nuts by channeling your design ideas to a specific customer and create your own brand. Program focuses on the best design process to generate a cohesive line that features great coloration, trim, materials and shapes. Price points and sources for materials common to the accessories market are discussed in relation to your concepts and target customer. Where to find inspiration including the vintage market is covered, along with preproduction information. Create your own mood board to fully execute your designs for critique and direction.

Instructor: Arturo Veloira, creative director, Grinnell Design; private label jewelry designer for Michael Kors, Peter Som, Lela Rose; accessory expert.

SXF 300 Secrets from a Professional Shopper
This course teaches professional techniques to shop and assemble wardrobes for a client. Learn how to prepare and assess needs and discover where to find the best deals on designer brands working as a team shopping virtually with classmates. Assemble a unique seasonal capsule wardrobe on a budget with just eleven pieces and add final touches with essential accessories. An extensive client questionnaire and other business related forms are included.  

Instructor: Emma Sosa, president, Fashion and Image International.

SXF 305 The Fit Model's Role in Garment Production
Do you think the technical fit model is a live mannequin? This program demos how designers and manufacturers capitalize on the fit model to check fit, drape and appearance of a preproduction garment before it goes into production. Discover firsthand how fit models are selected based on the specific measurements of sample size garments and deliver proper feedback on the sizing, design, and cut of the garment to be produced. Information includes body measuring points for the sportswear, active, intimate, and evening markets and participants develop their own body measurement sheet while learning figure types and industry size ranges. Highly recommended for designers, product developers, merchandisers, manufacturers, and anyone interested in becoming a fit model.

Instructor: Jaye Edelstein, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Apparel; professional designer and product developer; with guest experts from the fit model sector.

SXF 325 The Inside Track: Making Fashion Work For Men
This interactive class and tour introduces students to an array of top-notch menswear experts in the fields of men's styling, suiting, and trend analysis, and includes a tour of the hottest menswear boutiques in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Aspiring stylists and image consultants gain a basic knowledge of contemporary menswear, learn what fashion-forward clothing is and when it is appropriate. Information can also be used to improve career dressing firsthand and to help men in their lives, be they clients, friends, or loved ones, improve their appearance every day.

Instructor:  Alex Joseph, managing editor, Hue; writer, journalist, and contributor, Fashion Theory, Vestoj, Fashion Studies Journal.

SXF 335 Fit, Balance, and Proportion Fundamentals for Men's Image and Styling
If you work with men's wardrobe needs, it is essential that you understand and are able to convey the relationship between fit, balance, and proportion for the well-dressed man. This intensive workshop teaches every aspect of proper fit demonstrated on live models. Begin with a review of body types and silhouettes. Get tips on current designer lines and brands and how they match to a variety of builds. Learn about proper trouser, jacket, and shirtsleeve lengths. Discussion includes use of color and the fundamentals of incorporating apparel with the correct shape and proportion, accessorizing with shoes, belts, and ties. Fit in relation to the personality, career, and lifestyle of men is also featured.

Instructor: Nedo Bellucci, founder and creative director, Bellucci Napoli, international menswear expert.

SXF 340 The Most Iconic Menswear Milestones in Fashion History
This course highlights the most influential moments in the evolution of men's clothing from Henry VIII to current celebrities and is directed to anyone who works with male clients or has a self interest in men's style of dress. For those looking for a career opportunity, the menswear business is flourishing. Boost your cross-marketing skills by developing your eye to recognize historical details as you learn about style icons from kings to presidents, rockers, and movie stars. Discover how classic clothing like the suit and the motorcycle jacket developed and how to express your ideas using proper menswear terminology.

Instructor: Jill Hemingway, associate registrar, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

SXF 400 Fashionspeak: How to Get What You Want, When You Need It
In the fast-changing fashion business learn how to have the right vocabulary to describe silhouettes and details for product development. Through visits to The Museum at FIT, exploring designs, trends, and color on forecasting websites, and industry field trips, gain insight to the design development process. Create your own workbook of designer photos so that you can communicate terminology to your fashion clients or use as a reference source. Recommended for product developers, merchandisers, fashion media and journalists, and financial industry personnel who need to speak the language of the trade. Online course replicates visits through web based resources. 

Instructors: Jaye G. Edelstein, adjunct assistant professor, Fashion Design-Apparel; professional designer/product specialist; and Camille Block, designer, merchandiser, and product developer.

SXF 500 Fabrication: Everything You Need to Know
This intensive workshop is for anyone in the fashion and related industries who works with fabrics or fabric terminology. Whether you are in retailing, manufacturing, a textile entry position, or copywriting, you can increase your skill, vocabulary, and knowledge of everything fabric-related, from fibers to finished product. Course teaches fiber properties, effective end-use information, and methods of yarn and cloth manufacturing through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on analysis.

Instructors: Margaret Bishop, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing, international consultant, textile development; or James Gutman, adjunct professor, Global Fashion Management, and adjunct assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, consultant textiles, apparel and intellectual property.

SXF 501 Fabrication Dyeing, Printing, and Finishing Essentials
Would your career benefit from a more complete knowledge of textile and garment dyeing, printing, and finishing techniques? This intensive workshop covers styling fundamentals and selecting fabric in response to the demands of the apparel or domestics markets. Patterns, colors, and finishes are stressed. Program considers dyestuff properties and their applications; screen, roller, and heat transfer printing; and chemical and mechanical finishing processes. Excellent follow-up to SXF 500.

Instructors: Margaret Bishop, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing, international consultant, textile development; or James Gutman, adjunct professor, Global Fashion Management, and adjunct assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing, consultant textiles, apparel and intellectual property.

SXF 525 Introduction to Knits for Design and Product Developers
Is your knit know-how sufficient to meet the demands of today's customers? This intensive workshop is for anyone on the creative side of the fashion industry who works with or wants to work with fully fashioned sweater knits, from bulky 3 gauge to fine 14 gauge. Whether you are in manufacturing or retail product development, this course increases vocabulary and know-how. Program includes lecture, demonstration, analysis and a chance to see a variety of knitting machines in action to re-enforce your new found knowledge.

Instructor: Marian Grealish, adjunct assistant professor, Textile Development and Marketing.

SXF 540 Leather, Pleather, and Plastics for Fashion Products and Manufacturing
Get a complete education on leathers and leather substitute materials in this fabulous program that incorporates exploration, examination, and field trips. Whether your need is for product design and production or for retailing, increase your ability to recognize, price, and choose the right materials. Learn to work with a full range of possibilities, from genuine leather right through to "look-a-likes" and obvious plastics. Program incorporates use of sustainable materials and faux fur along with videos and visits to suppliers.

Instructor: Iris Feldman, adjunct professor, Accessories Design; design director specializing in leather, metals, and materials accessories production.

SXF 610 The Great Designers
What better way to gain insight into key designers than through a combination of lectures and examinations of actual garments from the costume collection of The Museum at FIT? Discover how important fashion trends influence lifestyle and dressing. Gain a greater understanding of important designer trademarks and their ongoing influences.

Instructors: Sarah Byrd, adjunct instructor, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice; fashion historian and archivist; or Beryl Wing, AICI, CIP, image consultant.

SXF 700 Demystifying Fashion Forecasting
Does figuring out where fashion is going seem shrouded in mystery and apparent only to those with a magic eye? Find out how trends are tracked from an actual forecaster. Whether you are in design or retailing, properly train your eyes to recognize fashion cycles, and see how silhouettes and colors evolve seasonally and annually. Be a market leader by learning to gather, evaluate, and use substantive phenomena to create or select your own exciting and timely products. Program includes making your own forecast presentation boards in a stimulating workshop environment.

Instructor: Jamie Ross, adjunct professor, Fashion Business Management, creative director at The Doneger Group.

SXF 710 13 Ways to Get Smart About Fashion Trends
This provocative workshop will strengthen your ability to design, plan, and buy fashion products. Learn to spot trends for new product opportunities by gaining insight into customer attitudes and lifestyles. Develop your sensitivity to the ups and downs of fashion and learn how to distinguish what is right for your customer. Learn how styles gain popularity, how forecasters work, and how to anticipate future fashions in time for market impact.

Instructor: Robert H. Shultz, assistant professor, Fashion Merchandising Management; product development and international merchandising expert.

SXF 725 Expert Fashion Trend Online Research for Line Planning
Fashion trend research is available and affordable on the Internet if you know how to find it and how to focus your searches. If you are navigating through a sea of images and sorting through myriads of reports and articles, learn to get just what you need fast! See tools like the forecast timeline, runway color tracker, forecasting, trend watch, webinar, and others. Find out how to construct your own mood boards and story boards using the latest online tools. Experience what virtual shopping is like in cities around the world, as well as fashion market events, all without leaving your desk chair. Class limited to 14.

Instructor: Bernard N. Kahn, adjunct assistant professor, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries; manufacturing consultant.

SXF 802 Textile Color Lab Essentials for Apparel Designers and Developers  
This practical program utilizes FITs textile testing labs to learn how to elevate color and dye decision-making by improving your ability to evaluate lab dips and strike-offs. See first hand how fabrication is evaluated for performance and learn to cut down the time it takes for color approval with dyers and printers, and eliminate costly mistakes. This program provides essential knowledge for designers, product developers, or anyone responsible for textile design and buying.

Instructor: Margaret Bishop, adjunct professor, Textile Development and Marketing; international consultant, textile development.

SXF 810 Color for Wardrobe Planning
Learn how image consultants, personal shoppers, and stylists curate a complete wardrobe. Explore what influences color decisions based on personal comfort, individual coloring, and color psychology, and gain tips on how to add visual interest using color harmonies and trends to build a cohesive wardrobe instead of simply acquiring a "closet full of clothes". Complete a wardrobe plan for a prototype client using tools and techniques that you can use for yourself or your clients. 

Instructor: Carol Davidson, AICI, CIP, image consultant.

SXF 822 Color and Fashion Psychology
Learn to put color and fashion psychology to work to better understand how your customers and clients shop and dress. Learn how perceptions and emotions have a provocative and powerful influence when it comes to purchasing products and brands. Gain insight into how color determines consumer emotions, behavior and thought. This proactive program also includes insightful information on cultural sensitivities and cultural norms and applying fashion psychology theories to your own everyday life in a rapidly changing world.

Instructor: Dawnn Karen, adjunct instructor, Social Sciences; founder, Fashion Psychology Institute and Fashion Psychology Success.

SXF 840 Career Opportunities for Working with Color
has been changed to SXN 070 Career Opportunities for Working With Color
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