Top 25 In the World
#5 Fashion School in the USA
#1 Fashion Design and Merchandising School in the Midwest

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At the Kent State University School of Fashion, we revel in the creativity and confidence of our students.

We believe you should be able to showcase your talent, which is why our fashion design and merchandising majors have the chance to apply their skills and innovation in real-world settings. This authentic experience has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs in the world.

In 2023 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, the research-led teaching institution that fosters industry excellence and is grounded in real-world industry experience.

2024 Annual Fashion Show

The 2024 Annual Fashion Show featured 171 looks from 42 designers whose collections and single-submission garments were chosen by a panel of industry critics and jurors for inclusion in this year’s show.

Scholarships

60+ scholarship opportunities available for current freshmen through senior-level students in design and merchandising. View our entire list of scholarships and criteria!

  • Annual Fashion Show

    Annual Fashion Show

    The 2024 Annual Fashion Show featured 171 looks from 42 designers whose collections and single-submission garments were chosen by a panel of industry critics and jurors for inclusion in this year’s show. The collections and garments spanned all categories of fashion and include evening wear, market ready, universal design and more. With 24 students on the production team, a total of 215 students were involved in the show.

  • School of Fashion Hall of Fame

    School of Fashion Hall of Fame

    Since 1989, this prestigious award celebrates the outstanding contribution to fashion made by an individual. The accolade honors the unique qualities of their leadership. It champions the aspiration and inspiration they and their business of fashion offer the next generation of fashion graduates at Kent State.