Degree Level:
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Dare to create original works while learning about all aspects of the fashion business and tapping into our extensive alumnae network.

A BFA in Fashion Design + Product Development prepares graduates for all aspects of the fashion business.


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Program Reputation

  • The Business of Fashion, London calls Stephens College one of the Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019. The program ranks high for learning experience, based on quality of teaching and resources available, and long-term value, based on students’ preparedness for the real world.
  • Stephens is one of 20 schools in the country — and one of very few in the Midwest — invited to the Council of Fashion Designers of America educational initiatives, connecting our faculty and students to high-level industry organizations.
  • Our students consistently earn scholarships from the Fashion Scholarship Fund and Fashion Group International.
  • ranks Stephens the No. 15 Private Fashion Design School in the U.S.


Career Preparation

  • Define your design identity and let your creativity bloom as you create original works.
  • Collaborate in teams with other fashion majors on real-world projects.
  • Hone your technical skills used in the fashion industry such as patternmaking, draping and fashion drawing.
  • Use advanced digital technologies, including Adobe programs, to develop dynamic fashion presentations.
  • Create a professional-level portfolio to help jump-start your career.
  • Take study trips to international fashion capitals for college credit.

Fashion Capstones 2020

We salute the intrepid, talented and hard-working 2020 Stephens College fashion graduates.

The Collections

Showcase your best works at The Collections, our annual student designer fashion show, a dynamic runway event established in 1944. This juried event provides opportunities to show your work in front of a sold-out audience and working industry professionals.

Networking Opportunities

Interact with top industry professionals who visit Stephens every year, including prestigious designers invited by the Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture Series. Stephens recently hosted Project Runway judge Brandon Maxwell; former Project Runway contest and alumna Amy Bond ’92; and Becca McClaren-Tran of Chromat, among others.

Hands-on with Fashion History

Be inspired by our Historic Costume Museum + Research Library (CMRL), featuring more than 13,000 pieces including designer garments from fashion icons Bill Blass, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino.

I’ve learned that Stephens knows how to teach construction better than anyone — all of the Stephens women at New York Fashion Week had the best constructed garments and knew how to do fittings on the spot. Having the annual fashion show at Stephens helped us have a mindset of what to look for and avoid backstage, and to know what is going on at all times.” 

- Jillian Turner ’20


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Notable Alumnae

  • Mary Eifert ’15, Associate Designer, White House Black Market, Ft. Myers, Florida
  • Bea Barton Fuller ’04, Director Advanced Concepts, Basketball Footwear, Adidas, Portland, Oregon
  • Stacey Hansen ’96, Technical Development Director, Nike, Beaverton, Oregon
  • Brandy (Gann) Hanson, VP Technical Design, Abercrombie & Fitch, Columbia, Ohio
  • Michelle Fifis ’02, Founder, Pattern Observer, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Helen Jean ’02, Interim Curator, Fashion Design, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Camille Palmer ’04, Senior Technical Designer/3D Specialist, PVH, New York, New York
  • Sophie Ranek ’19, Assistant Designer, Weissman Theatrical Supplies, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Maggie Robey ’08, Product Developer, Byer California, San Francisco, California
  • Tobie Roberts ’18, Production and Development Manager, Pleiades, Lafayette, Colorado
  • Gretchen Roehrs ’12, Art Director & Product Manager, Rothy’s, San Francisco, California
  • Britt Wallace ’12, Swimwear Designer, O’Neill, Los Angeles, California
  • Katherine Woodruff ’12, Film/TV Costumer, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jane Zachritz ’11, Designer, Bernard Chaus Inc., New York, New York
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Fashion Program

Monica McMurry,
Professor and Program Chair
(573) 876-7175, Ext. 4218 [email protected] Catharine Webb Studios

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