FABO is a student organization and its purpose is to give students a practical perspective/overview of careers and opportunities related to the apparel design and fashion fields. FABO brings in speakers and organizes field trips and other activities to provide interaction with professionals.
The FABO is composed of members who have an interest in fashion retailing and design. FABO is open to all NDSU and Tri-College students especially those in Apparel and Textiles and Interior Design. Its purpose is to give students a practical perspective/overview of careers and opportunities related to the apparel design and fashion fields.
- Professional Development
- Community Service
- Professional Networking
- Fashion Shows
- Field Trips
- Service Projects
- Guest Speakers
As a FABO member you will have the opportunity to be a part of a group of people who enjoy the work of fashion. You will be encouraged to live your dream, develop skills and confidence, to make it happen and network with other students and industry professionals.
FABO offers multiple opportunities to prepare you for your career in the fashion industry. Activities reflect what occurs daily in design studios, showrooms, corporate offices, and retail stores. You will gain exposure in the industry through guest speakers, fashion shows, field trips to places like Minneapolis and Winnipeg.
Faculty Advisor: Sara Sunderlin (231-7482) firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Bobbi Montgomery
Treasurer: Alex Meyer
Secretary: Lauryn Schneider
Programs: Gabbi Tolkinen and Jacey Mayer
Events: Hannah Ristad
Public Relations: Erin Smith and Madison Schmidt
FABO members volunteered with Unique Boutique at the YWCA of Cass Clay County. Unique Boutique is an event in which those in need can pick out donated Christmas gifts for their children and loved ones. Local businesses and community members filled a city bus with donated gifts. FABO members helped sort donated from the Fill the Bus campaign and helped set up the store.
International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) ⇒
Costume Society of America ⇒
American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA) ⇒
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) ⇒
American Association of Family and Consumer Science (AAFCS) ⇒
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Take a moment to review the top-quality work our students produce at NDSU. Examine work and research projects that showcase the great talent of our students and define the preparation for a career in Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design.
A study tour is a short-term learning opportunity that is completed off-campus. Study tours are offered approximately once per year and are variable credit. A study tour is required for majors. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about the industry beyond what can be taught in the classrooms.
ARMD students, Emily Wotzka and Mackenzie Koenig, spent the fall 2017 semester studying abroad in Europe. Both loved the once in a lifetime experi-ence and would encourage others to study abroad. Emily Wotzka studied at the University of Chester in England. She took classes in both fashion design and journalism. Classes at the University of Chester were very immersive and engaging.
Be rewarded for your hard work and apply for some of the many scholarships available to NDSU Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design students.
Some scholarships are designated for students majoring in the department and additional scholarships are available to all college majors.
Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.)
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a premier fashion institution in NYC offers a Visiting Student Program to students from other universities around the country and world. The ARMD program at NDSU is one such school allowed to offer this option to our students. There are five majors available to students participating in the FIT Visiting Student Program. The most popular with our students is the fashion design and retail merchandising programs.
The Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection (ERHCC) is a repository of material culture focusing on clothing, textiles & related items. The collection works to reveal how such objects serve as a record of life through collection, preservation, and study.
Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design Program Coordinator
E. Morrow Lebedeff Hall 178
Fargo, ND 58108-6050