Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Donna Karan or Rachel Zoe?  Then you have to start somewhere - school!  Choosing the best college for fashion design and fashion merchandising is vital to jump start your career in the fashion industry. 

Parsons The New School For Design - An art and design college located in New York City, this school is widely known all over the U.S. for producing some of the most talented fashion majors.  Parsons is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and has a Fusion Fashion show every year against fashion school FIT in which Betsey Johnson and editors of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar have attended.  Parsons is also responsible for producing some of fashions most iconic designers - Marc Jacobs, Norman Rockwell, Donna Karan, Tom Ford and Jane Frank. It's also where Project Runway is filmed! Now how awesome is that?

Pratt Institute - Pratt is a private art school located in Brooklyn, New York and is one of the leading undergraduate school in the country with majors ranging from graphic design to fashion design.  Pratt is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). 

Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) - LIM is the only college in the entire United States that is dedicated to the business of fashion.  Located in Midtown Manhattan, the school offers many associates as well bachelor's degrees in marketing, visual merchandising, fashion merchandising, entrepreneurship, and many more.  LIM is also industry partners with Chanel, BCBG, and even renowned fashion house Valentino.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) - located in California, FIDM is a private college which focuses on the graphic design, fashion, interior design, beauty, and entertainment industries.  The school is partnered with Cotton Inc. and Disney as well as being featured in the TV Reality show The Hills since fashion designer Lauren Conrad attended the school.  FIDM has produced talents Mona May, Yotam Solomon, and Kelly Arsenian. 

Academy of Art University - CFDA approved, the Academy of Art University with over 17,000 has students has been dubbed the largest art and design school in the United States.  The school has a wide variety of art influenced majors so even a fashion major can gain new interesting skills.

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) - Parsons arch rival in the Fusion Fashion show, FIT is one of the most well-known fashion schools in the world.  Being a state university of New York, FIT is very affordable and gives every fashion major a great education of the fashion industry.  Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Ralph Rucci, and Carolina Herrera are a few of the alumni.  No wonder FIT is ranked under the top 5 fashion schools in the world.


London College of Fashion (LCF) - located in the United Kingdom is the only college in Britain dedicated to fashion education.  This school really gets deep into the art of fashion and its business.  Famous alumni include Jimmy Choo, Jacques Azagury, and  Diane Kendal.