Student Work

Industry-focused from day one, Thomas Jefferson University students prepare for their future careers in the fashion industry. From national competitions to international renown, the work of TJU students is recognized for its innovation, precision and market-readiness.

The Annual Fashion Show

The finale of each year is the breathtaking Annual Fashion Show. Produced by the student-run Fashion Industry Association and hosted by Carson Kressley, the show features over 250 looks from over 127 designers and collaborators. It’s a time where students have the opportunity to show off their work and be seen by industry professionals and hiring managers seeking fresh, innovative talent.

Each year 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.

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NYFW: Jefferson students present at New York Fashion Week

Just a quick train ride away, Thomas Jefferson University stand-out students are regularly featured at showcases for emerging designers at New York Fashion Week. Kelsey Fickes ’18 and Kaelin Wilcher ’18 opened the program at the Stewart Hotel and were the only student collections featured in the show of up-and-coming designers.

“It was an unforgettable experience. Seeing my collection walk out on the runway after all of the long hours put into creating every garment was truly an unreal feeling. There was such a rush of energy when everything came together so beautifully,” shared Kelsey Fickes ’18 after her debut in February 2018.

Rocking the Red Dress Runway in support of Heart Health

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 by NBC10’s Bill Henley, the competition culminate in a show raising awareness for heart health. Winning designs are selected and displayed prominently in the windows of the Center City Macy’s recognizing student design excellence and bringing awareness to heart heath issues.

Design X: Everyday Objects Become Extraordinary Fashion

Using unconventional materials such as lima beans, loofahs, zip ties, toilet paper and pebbles, fashion design students at TJU manipulated and transformed everyday objects into eye-catching pieces at the annual Design X fashion show.

The avant-garde work comes out of TJU's unique problem-solving course. It pushes students to create outside traditional boundaries and yields stunning results.