1925, when the fledgling Southern California apparel industry
was in dire need of well trained professionals, a unique partnership
began between education and industry. Local garment manufacturers
offered financial support for Frank Wiggins Trade School to
expand the offerings in apparel arts. As history unfolded,
Frank Wiggins Trade School became Los Angeles Trade-Technical
College and the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising departments
have continued to offer local manufacturers graduates that
are thoroughly prepared to meet their demands.
Fashion Center at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College offers
instruction in all phases of the apparel industry. The 11
full-time instructors, along with a full compliment of part-time
instructors, come to the classroom with a wide variety of
industry experiences to introduce the student population to
real work world situations. On our faculty, we are fortunate
to have Helen J. Armstrong, author of the most widely
used pattern making book, Patternmaking for Fashion
Design and Draping for Apparel Design.
introduction of technology brought a new wave of course offerings
to the department, and over the past decade instruction has
increased to include a wide variety of apparel software programs,
such as, Gerber Garment Technology, Lectra, and Tukatech.
The department intends to add The Pad Systems
software classes by Spring 2006, making The Fashion Center
is the only design school to offer instruction in all major
software titles. Classes in computer grading, marker making,
and patternmaking have been in our catalog for many years,
but new to the schedule are courses developed for textile
manufacturing and design.
Technology plays a major role in Fashion Merchandising as
well. Instruction on Aims software is currently in our catalog
and courses covering EDI are in the planning stage.
Merchandising department is unique in that our instructors
have experience in manufacturing and retail. This unusual
mix offers students an overview of the apparel
industry from both perspectives.
Classes are offered at convenient times to fit the needs of
all perspective students. The full-time program is offered
both morning and afternoon sessions. A full range of evening
and Saturday fashion classes is offered to fit the schedules
of industry professionals returning to the college to upgrade
or learn new apparel skills.
industry continues to support the department with donations,
participation on our advisory committee, and offering expert
critiques while judging entries for our fashion show. Many
of our graduates who are working at area
manufacturers or independently are among those who assist
us twice a year in judging the graduate work that is featured
in the Gold Thimble Fashion Shows.
The faculty and staff are extremely proud of the services
we offer our students. The majority of faculty members are
graduates of the program and are dedicated to preparing our
graduates for a successful career in the fashion industry.
Images from Fall 2005 "Gold Thimble" Fashion Show