Student Work

Jefferson Fashion Film

In May 2021, Thomas Jefferson University’s Fashion Design program premiered its first ever fashion film featuring work from the Class of 2021. This professionally- produced, documentary-style film gives insight into: the stories and concepts behind each senior collection; what inspires and drives each designer; and what role Jefferson has played in their success and development. 

Historically, the Jefferson Fashion Design department closes each academic year with a breathtaking Annual Fashion Show. Produced by the student-run Fashion Industry Association, this show serves as an opportunity for students to show off their work and be seen by industry professionals and hiring managers seeking fresh, innovative talent.

In past years, the show honors a visionary in the fashion industry who has influenced design and design-education. At the event, the honoree is presented with the Spirit of Design award. Recent honorees have included Stuart Weitzman, Ralph Lauren’s Daniela Kamiliotis, John Varvatos, Geoffrey Beene, Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller, Jay McCarroll, Project Runway’s first season winner, and Mike Ternosky ’00, Head Designer, Obey Clothing.

In your second year you will have an opportunity to participate in the New York Immersion program, where you will be completely absorbed in fashion experiences that occur in New York City through weekly visits to NYC fashion companies and organizations. This exciting program allows students to gain industry insight, while building a network of connections through meetings with professionals in the field. Participating students will also experience New York’s Fashion Week, gaining “behind the scenes” access to fashion shows, and visiting museum exhibitions, art galleries, boutiques in SOHO and the sophisticated stores of Madison Avenue. The semester-long program finishes with a group project, where students produce a concept to present to a major designer.

In a relationship that spans over a decade, the American Heart Association annually partners with Jefferson to hold an annual competition as part of its Go Red for Women Campaign. Hosted in the past by NBC10’s Bill Henley, the competition culminates in a show raising awareness for heart health. Winning designs are selected and have historically been displayed in the windows of the Center City Macys. The event both recognizes student design excellence and brings awareness to heart heath issues.

Each year, Jefferson fashion design students compete in the annual Fashion Scholarship Fund competition, awarded by the Council of Fashion Designers in American (CFDA). The Fashion Scholarship Fund is a national non-profit association dedicated to supporting students pursuing careers in the fashion industry. Each year, FSF awards over $1.2 million to help students succeed in all areas of the fashion industry. Each year since 2017, multiple Jefferson Fashion Design students have received scholarships from this fund.

Eileen West is a brand under the Komar brands group dedicated to high-quality sleep and intimates. This scholarship, given in honor of the late designer Eileen West, if funded by the UnderFashion Club, a non-profit organization focused on providing education and experience for students looking to enter the fashion industry. This scholarship is exclusive to Thomas Jefferson University Fashion Design students interested in sleep and intimate apparel product categories, and offers internship opportunities to its winners.