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Los Angeles Trade Tech College Fashion Show, 2015

Los Angeles Trade Technical College fashion show, 2015. Singer/designer Kanye West, sitting at forefront right, was guest speaker at the event. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


Fashion schools, listed alphabetically, are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Location: 3801 W Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Type of School: Public university
Programs: Bachelor degree in Apparel Merchandising & Management
Tuition: $5,742/Year (2019)

California State University, Long Beach

Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
Type of School: Public university
Programs: Bachelor degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising
Tuition: $5,742/Year (2019)
Notable Graduates: Lewis Beale

El Camino College

Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506
Type of School: Public community college
Programs: Associated degrees in Fashion Design & Production and Fashion Merchandising
Tuition: $1,380/year (2019, California resident)

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)

Location: 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Type of School: Independent private college, for-profit
Programs: Associate and Bachelor degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Knitwear Design, Film & TV Costume Design, Footwear Design & Development, Apparel Industry Management, Apparel Technical Design, Menswear, Merchandising & Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, Textile Design, and Theatre Costume Design
Tuition: $30,955/year (2019)
Notable Graduates: Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Skaist-Levy, Randolph Duke, Lubov Azria, Gessica Brooke, Jill Dodd, Surily Goel, Sassa Jimenez, Karen Kane, Michael Kuluva, Santino Rice, Lil Debbie, Ashima Sharma, Yotam Solomon, Marlene Stewart

Long Beach City College

Location: 4901 East Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808
Type of School: Public community college
Programs: Associate degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Design-Assistant Designer/Stylist, and Fashion Merchandising
Tuition: $1,380/year (2019, California resident)

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Location: 400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Type of School: Public community college
Programs: Associate degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Fashion Technology
Tuition: $1,380/year (2019, California resident)
Notable Graduates: Louella Ballerino, Rick Owens, Jeffrey Sebellia, Tadashi Shoji, Sue Wong


The Los Angeles Trade Technical College fashion program is the oldest of L.A.’s fashion schools. In 1925, the emerging L.A. apparel industry formed an innovative industry/education partnership with the new Frank Wiggins Trade School (present-day L.A. Trade Tech College) for training apparel workers. Today, the college again supports the apparel industry through its innovative Avanza Los Angeles Program (ALAS), which may well be the nation's first higher education program focused on improving skill levels of the largely immigrant apparel industry labor force.

Mt. San Antonio College

Location: 1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA 91789
Type of School: Public community college
Programs: Associate degrees in Fashion Design and Technologies and Fashion Merchandising
Tuition: $1,380/year (2019, California resident)

Otis College of Art and Design

Location: 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Type of School: Independent private college, non-profit
Programs: Bachelor degrees in Fashion Design and Costume Design
Tuition: $45,200/year (2019)
Notable Graduates: Cynthia Vincent, Angela Furlong, Rod Beattie, Chris Chang, Devon Burt, Robert Tuggle, Shawna Trpcic, Claire Pettibone, Educardo Lucero, Red Carter, Soo Koo, Marisol Gerona-Bradford, Amy Liu, Bao Tranchi, Yuree Jung, Heather Brown, Charmaine De Mello, Sandy Oh, Nurit Yeshuran, Debbie Sabet, Claire Chouinard, Marcus Le Blanc, Danh Tran, Sapna Parikh, Kirk Heiffer, Dana Engleman, Su Im Chung, Jennifer Neumeister, Westley Austin, Kristin Friedlander, Crystal Kim, Naomi Hwang, Sherise Shikai

Pasadena City College

Location: 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
Type of School: Public community college
Programs: Certificate in Fashion Design
Tuition: $1,380/year (2019, California resident)
Notable Graduates: Bob Mackie

Santa Monica College

Location: 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Type of School: Public community college
Programs: Associate degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising
Tuition: $1,380/year (2019, California resident)

Woodbury University

Location: 7500 N Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504
Type of School: Independent private university, non-profit
Programs: Bachelor degree in Fashion Design
Tuition: $39,712/year (2019)
Notable Graduates: William Travilla, Alexis Marcy, Natalie Yaru