Fashion Merchandising and Design Careers
Job opportunities include apparel designer, design engineer, design digitizer, production supervisor, piece goods buyer and marketing coordinator for apparel manufacturers.
Read what just a few of our successful alumnae have to say about their careers.
Rebecca Nash graduate in 1994 with a degree in fashion merchandising. She worked as a buyer for JCPenney for 10 years in Dallas, Texas, at their corporate offices. Now she is founder/president of C'est Bella, Inc./Madie Deluxe Handbags in High Point, N.C. She is owner, designer, marketing director and sales rep. She started the business two years ago and now shows at markets all over the U.S.
“Meredith College, both the classes offered and the professors who taught them, provided me with a solid foundation in both academics and real life scenarios which enabled me not only to be well prepared for my first "real life job" but to also excel in the job. I believe my degree from Meredith opened doors to me in the job market that may not have been opened without it. The doors that were opened and the experience which was gained have given me the chance and the know-how to succeed in both a corporate environment and in my new entrepreneurial world.”
Jennifer Rice graduated in 2005 with a degree in fashion design. She works as assistant account executive for Siren Public Relations, Inc. in New York, N.Y. She manages beauty launches for new products and new lines, with duties including pitches to national magazines, such as ELLE, Vogue, interacting with editors on behalf of the beauty clients and creators and relay information to editors, and working with makeup artists, celebrities, tv shows.
“The fashion/design classes have really helped me grow in my career and have allowed me to be creative in this industry--everything has to be perfect—no room for mistakes!” "Meredith has also helped me to be interactive and sociable with ourclients--all of the presentations we had to do at Meredith were greatpractice.”
Meg Wilkins Strader earned a degree in fashion merchandising in May 2003. Strader is sales and marketing representative for Simpatico Showroom, handling marketing for contemporary women's wear on behalf of Susana Monaco, Ella Moss, and AG Jeans throughout the southeast. Duties include traveling to shows in Atlanta, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, as well as individual boutiques. She serves as a liaison between shop owners and designers for upcoming seasonal merchandise.
"Meredith offered a wide variety of opportunities for experience in many different facets of the fashion industry. The faculty gave us hands on tools and resources, as well as the one on one relationships that allowed us to realize our own individual potential."
Blair White was a fashion design major. She graduated May 2004. White is owner/designer of Mavrix Pet Adornments. She has also worked as a freelance seamstress, on clothing, alterations, interiors, TV set sewing, and as a freelance illustrator/sketcher
“Meredith helped me become an amazing artistic designer & seamstress, fearless of the world. And always reminded me that dreams do come true and to always follow them. From the 'Meredith Angels' to the 'City of Angels'. I now own my own dog collar company in Los Angeles.”
Joelle Wike, who earned a fashion design degree in 2003, is an associate buyer for Lord & Taylor, in New York City, N.Y. Her job
responsibilites include assisting buyer in picking product and assuring orders are received by the vendors, track shipments from vendors to our distribution, pick advertised styles to create impactful advertising pages for shoe division and forecast and project sales for future seasons, negoitate markdowns with vendors in order to control gross margin.
“Meredith prepared me for my current position by giving me a well-rounded education. My job has me doing so many different tasks daily, from writing copy to calculating gross margin. I would not be able to multi-task if it weren't for the wide curriculum that Meredith provides students. My fashion classes helped me to walk into the job knowing terminology and understanding concepts that my fellow coworkers had never been introduced to previously. My Meredith education instilled a sense of confidence in me that has helped me to grow in my career and to continue to grow further within my company.”