Fashion Design Schools in SF Share Insights

San Francisco is a hub for fashion design students and hopeful designers on the West Coast. According to the SF Gate, there are seven fashion design schools in the city and the ladies that run the curriculum are sharing their insight in the news of the day in fashion.

(SF Gate) San Francisco is home to seven schools with fashion degree or certificate programs, run by seven veteran industry insiders. These women craft their curricula as carefully as a designer constructs a jacket.

Responding to the popularity and influence of personal style blogs, some chairs recently added wardrobe-styling classes.

When the economy began to tank, says Simon Ungless, director of the school of fashion for the Academy of Art University who works under Executive Director Gladys Perint Palmer, “Gladys knew we had to start bringing in more instructors in traditional hand work, like embroidery and beading, because craft and quality were going to become more important to both designers and customers. We recently added a class in how to build a classic ballet tutu, and students are just flooding into that class.”

This month, with the annual spring student runway shows in full swing as the collective Class of 2012 heads out the door, we thought it was a good time to talk to the fashion department chairs from one end of town to the other.

Some of the best trend spotting in town can be found on the corners of Polk and Eddy, Fourth and Mission, or Eighth and Hooper, where fashion students gather during breaks, many wearing their own designs or inventive thrift store finds. They’re everywhere, from Dogpatch to Ocean Avenue.

Read what they said: Chairs of 7 S.F. fashion schools tell what’s new

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