Thread spools
Textiles and looms
Fabric Workshop
Design Class
Sewing Machines
Collaboration
Display Cases

A 360° View of the Supply Chain

Fashion isn’t just about pretty clothes and runways. It’s also about all of the people who make the fashion industry run, evolve and progress. It’s the suppliers, merchandisers, engineers, marketers and event planners – from concept to consumer and the marriage of fabric to frame. At the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, you’ll find endless research opportunities, industry-sponsored projects and professors who know the biz.

A Legacy of Excellence

Why here?

In short, we’ve long been known for our internationally recognized programs and industry partnerships.

O'Toole Ternosky Award Show

1st

Originally founded as the Philadelphia Textile School in 1884, we were the first textile school in the United States.

#8

CEOWORLD Magazine ranked us #8 in the United States in its Best Fashion Schools in the World list.

YMA Fashion Scholarships

$70,000

One of our fashion students was the first-ever recipient of the top national award from the YMA Scholarship Fund – and seven other fashion students (the most ever in a single year) were each awarded $5,000 at the annual Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner.

Lawrence N. Field DEC Center

#10

The Business of Fashion Global Fashion Schools Rankings listed our undergraduate programs 16th and graduate programs 10th in the world.

Industry Partners

Work with Leaders

Lawrence N. Field DEC Center
Issac Mizrahi speaks to a design class.
  • Chemo Clothes
  • Epson
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Li & Fung
  • Lori Weitzner
  • Macy's
  • Nathan Sports
  • NASA
  • PVH
  • QVC
  • Sunbury Textile Mills
  • Target
  • Under Armour
  • UNIFI
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Verizon
  • XCEL Brands
Weareable tech on back of shirt
Closeup of wearable tech in shirt

When designing senior collections, our students work across disciplines to incorporate digital printing, surface imaging, laser-cutting, screenprinting, 3D printing, wearable technology and custom fabrics into their designs.

Sheila Connelly, Fashion Design Program Director

A 14,000 Square Foot Futuristic Facility

Just as they always have, our students get industry-relevant experience from the moment they begin at Jefferson to the time they start their professional careers. Now, they get to study the entire supply chain in a new, innovative, and fashionable space.

In the Futures Center, our students benefit from world-class curricula, access to the latest technologies that support the creation of new knowledge and increased opportunities to work with industry partners on real-world projects.

Marcia Weiss, Director of the Center

Pick Your Program

Let’s get started on designing your future.