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Fashion Design

Program Overview

Program Overview

Study fashion design in Nashville, where the industry is thriving. The Lipscomb Fashion program curriculum is designed to prepare you for success in the ever changing fashion industry through transformative experiences.

Our three core principles- Sustainability, Philanthropy, and Collaboration- inform and direct planned activities both in and outside of the classroom. With a holistic approach to the design process and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the business of fashion, we are dedicated to challenging students academically, spiritually, and as global community citizens.

Why Earn My Fashion Design Degree at Lipscomb?

The Fashion Design curriculum is well-rounded and diverse. We guide students through the process of identifying and developing a design aesthetic while acknowledging the importance of a strong business acumen. With an emphasis on construction techniques, textiles, and product development the curriculum introduces the fundamentals of building a business plan that covers sourcing and production, marketing, distribution and sales. You'll also have access to our historic archive including Halston, a world-renowned designer. Our collection includes historic garments from every decade since 1890 — including designer clothes.




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Thriving Design Community

As a Lipscomb Fashion student, you'll study in Nashville, a hub for independent designers. Our department promotes close student connections and personalized guidance from faculty. We tailor education, foster growth, and link you to the industry, making your goals achievable.

Study Abroad

See the world of fashion with opportunities for a fashion-focused international travel itinerary. Previous experiences for students include visiting the exclusive Loro Piana showroom in Milan with a tour led by Vice President of Interiors North America Beckany Jefferey; and witnessing firsthand the creative process of designer Duccio Mazzanti in Florence.

Building Skillsets

We place emphasis on equipping you with the business skills needed to be a successful fashion designer while focusing on our core principles of Sustainability, Philanthropy and Collaboration. This means a holistic learning experience gaining know-how in everything from product development to creating a business plan.

Our Faculty

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    Charlotte Poling

    Assistant Professor and Department Chair

    Charlotte Poling is a fashion industry veteran of over 20 years. In 2001, she opened luxury bridal boutique, The Bride Room, in Nashville, which quickly became the rising star of...

    Meet Charlotte Poling
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    Sissy Simmons

    Assistant Professor

    Sissy Simmons received her M.Ed. from Belmont University. She has been sewing and designing since she was a child, and to this day she enjoys learning new sewing skills and...

    Meet Sissy Simmons
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    Jessica Langdon

    Adjunct Faculty

    Meet Jessica Langdon
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    Deena Davis

    Adjunct Faculty

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Career Paths

Fashion and Costume Design

Fashion and costume designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they design.

Fashion Styling

Fashion stylists combine clothing, accessories, and personal flair to curate stylish and visually impactful looks. Fashion stylists possess a keen eye for trends, colors, and aesthetics, helping clients express their unique personalities through clothing choices.

Product Development

Bridge the gap between design and production by coordinating various stages of product development. Product developers are responsible for bringing fashion designs from concept to reality.