Fashion Styling: Advanced Certificate

Learn how to become a professional stylist

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Aspiring Fashion Stylists will learn advanced styling techniques to enhance their skill sets during this certificate course. Learn about the other genres of fashion that stylists can use to bring their clients visions to life. Students will experience the artistry of mens fashion styling and prop and set design. Important hands-on sewing skills, portfolio building, and resume writing will all also be taught. Real world experiences and projects will accompany each module. This certificate course may include guest speakers.

It is recommended that students take SXS 101, but not required. Elements in SXS 101 will not be reviewed.


  • Additional equipment and expenses will be incurred during the program.
  • Students should expect to purchase some workshop-related materials assigned at the first class.

*If you think you are eligible for the 10% Alumni Discount, please complete the Alumni Verification Form prior to registration in order to receive your discount code.


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Learn How To

  • Master styling techniques for men
  • Use hand sewing techniques useful for stylists
  • Prepare a set for photo shoots
  • Prop a set for photo shoots
  • Utilize professional resources and guides
  • Present to clients
  • Build your portfolio
  • Write your resume and cover letter
  • Get a jump start on your career

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Why FIT?

  • Certificate developed and taught by professional Fashion Styling experts
  • Certificate combines theory with hands-on applications
  • Information imparted is simultaneously creative and practical
  • Certificate has been developed with career advancement as a goal for those who attend
  • FIT has been preparing people for careers in the related-fashion industries for 75 years
  • Earn a certificate from FIT/SUNY, a world renowned college of art and design, business and technology

Meet Your Instructors

Sadia Seymour

Sadia Seymour
Fashion Styling Certificate Lead Instructor; CEO of Sadia Seymour Enterprises, LLC., Behind The Rack & I Do I Do I Do Bridal Styling; fashion stylist; fashion consultant; and member of Fashion Group International, New York Chapter.

Sadia Seymour is the Lead Instructor for FIT's Fashion Styling Certificate as well as an Instructor for FIT's Precollege Programs. She received her AAS & BFA in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. After seven years in production, she transitioned to fashion styling in 1998. With 20+ years under her belt, Sadia works in commercial print and television advertising, editorial, catalog, e-commerce, runway, bridal, press previews, and is a mannequin expert. Currently, she is the CEO of Behind The Rack, a boutique fashion service company.

Jeffrey Ampratwum

Jeffrey Ampratwum
Instructor, FIT's Continuing and Professional Studies; Creative Fashion Director & Personal Stylist,
Originally from Ghana, West Africa, but raised in New York City - Jeffrey was born into a space of creativity. His early style influences were infused with renaissance culture, sartorial structure and street style art. After graduating college with a degree in Biology/Dental Studies, he found himself in Paris to begin a career in fashion design and fashion art curation as a creative director in womenswear. Thereafter, he returned to the states to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to complete their fashion styling program, with a focus in Menswear.

While at FIT, he worked with some of the top fashion professionals in the industry, namely Joseph DeAcetis - menswear expert at Forbes, notable fashion stylist Sadia Seymour with Behind the Rack and high profile photographer, Antoine Verglas. Jeffrey continues to build relationships in the industry with these creatives as well as with luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Hermés.

Jeffrey is currently teaching an advanced Menswear Styling course at FIT and sharing his expertise of fashion styling, along with his experiences in the fashion industry with students in the program.

His work includes directing fashion editorials for top magazines, shooting visual campaigns for brands, launching his own luxury bespoke shoe and handbag company, and providing expert knowledge on menswear around the industry.

Michael Harrell

Michael Harrell
Instructor, FIT's Continuing and Professional Studies; Costume Designer; and Costume and Wardrobe Tailor/Stitcher

Michael Harrell is an accomplished, multi-hyphenate designer with an extensive body of work that spans over 30 years-within the fashion, film, theater and television industries. As a hybrid design talent, his work is an eclectic combination of a visual storyteller combined with a master craftsman evolving from his years of traveling and working in over 25 countries.

During his fashion career, he honed his skills at Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg and Anne Klein - to name a few. Michael eventually merged his love of music with his fashion sense when he became the costume designer for the legendary singer Patti LaBelle. His work appeared on album/CD covers, concert stages and national television shows (his custom designed/tailored garment-worn by Ms. LaBelle when receiving her first Grammy Award-is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture). Michael’s work has appeared on such music celebrities as: Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Harry Styles and Madonna. Also, his costume building/tailoring and master technical skills have appeared on the stages of several Broadway productions Tina: The Musical, Walt Disney’s Frozen, The Book of Mormon, A Raisin in the Sun (with Denzel Washington), The Great Comet of 1812 (with Josh Groban), Misery (with Bruce Willis), A Delicate Balance (with Glenn Close), and M.J. (the upcoming Michael Jackson musical) to name a few. His television and movie credits include: Ugly Betty (ABC Network) The Young Pope (with Jude Law and Diane Keaton), Gold (with Matthew McConaughey), Top Five (with Chris Rock), We The People (Shondra Rhimes/ABC production) and Death Saved My Life (Lifetime network).

As an alumnus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, he has been a guest lecturer for several degree/certificate programs prior to helming his own class within the university. Under Michael’s tutelage, several of his students have ventured onto successful careers in the live theater, film and television industries.


  • 5 Sessions: Mens Fashion Styling
  • 4 Sessions: Prop Styling & Set Design
  • 3 Sessions: Hand Sewing Techniques for Stylists
  • 4 Sessions: Career Workshop

Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

FIT's CCPS offers credit and noncredit certificates and courses in fashion, business, design, technology, and marketing, to help you enter into or advance your career in the fashion and related industries. With short programs and flexible schedules, you can learn at a time and pace you can manage and afford.