New Jersey School of Fashion Design and Accessories
The Premiere Fashion School in New Jersey
One of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets is a small school that teaches college-level fashion design courses to middle and high school students. Now beginning its ninth year, the New Jersey School of Fashion Design and Accessories (NJSFDA) is located in Springfield, New Jersey. The curriculum includes patternmaking and construction for the following industries: handbags, footwear, millinery and apparel. Classes are also taught in fashion illustration, flat sketching and specs and presentation boards. In addition to handbag, footwear and fashion design, and fashion illustration courses, classes in jewlery design, textile/surface design, portfolio development, college application and essay writting will be an integral part of this summer's camp program. Advanced students will have the opportunity to write a business plan and to execute it.
The school began as a summer handbag program with three young girls, ages 11, 14, and 15. They produced high-end handbags that could easily share space on the shelves of any quality department store, like Bloomingdales and Nordstrom. There is no other school nationwide that offers a college-level curriculum to such young students. The studio is equipped with a full library, mannequins for draping, and nine industrial machines including a cylinder machine with a walking foot, overlock and blindstitch machines, and a leather skiver.