There’s a whole industry devoted to designing and creating stylish, functional clothes for men — but there’s only one specialized degree program in the country that prepares you for it: FIT’s Menswear program.
The exciting menswear design field demands vision and creativity as well as formidable hands-on technical skills. Faculty with extensive industry experience will teach you not just how to design and construct garments but how to analyze the market and assemble a balanced lifestyle collection that targets your specific customer. Envision it — and get to work creating the looks all men will be wearing tomorrow.
You’ll learn how to develop contemporary menswear product, create original designs, and analyze trends while honing your design aesthetic and gaining insights into the menswear market. You’ll master a range of skills, including hand sketching and computer-generated design, basic sewing, and advanced tailoring techniques, In your final semester, you’ll participate in a required internship. You will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of every phase of menswear, from your originally conceived sketch through patternmaking, fabricating, sewing, and tailoring your final collection of garments.
After immersing themselves in the process of creating menswear, our students generate groundbreaking collections that are market-ready, creative, and curated.
The future of menswear … Thinking about clothing differently—and creating original designs—means perceiving the world in unexpected ways.
Outside the Classroom
Get ready for a career in one of fashion’s fastest-growing fields. Students have interned at Helmut Lang, Thom Browne, Nordstrom, Theory, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, Target, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie and Fitch, Nautica, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Phat Farm, Tommy Hilfiger, and Supreme. Graduates have worked at Calvin Klein, Supreme, Thom Browne, Theory, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Abercrombie and Fitch, DKNY, Marc Jacobs, and Helmut Lang, and Macy’s. Their roles include design associates and assistant designers, stylists, image consultants, and technical designers.
some related minors
other degree programs
Learn From the Best
Blackman has been instrumental in the development of the Menswear curriculum and internship program at FIT. He regularly travels to abroad to study menswear at international companies, designers’ showrooms and trade shows. Prior to joining FIT, Blackman was a designer for brands such as Joan Vass, Lacoste, Evan Picone and Perry Ellis. He also created and sold his own designs at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as hundreds of specialty stores throughout the U.S.
Mary M. Wilson
Wilson is an assistant professor in Menswear and Fashion Design Art at FIT. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design at the New School. Prior to joining the faculty at FIT in 2000, she worked for over 25 years as a designer, design director, and merchandiser for menswear and children's wear in the fashion industry. Professor Wilson has worked and traveled for domestic and international manufacturers, focusing on merchandising, designing, and creating presentation boards and digital tech packs for both branded and private label sportswear and outerwear production.
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