Welcome to our new TRENDS Website

Spring 2014 Meeting Time: Thursdays 10-11am SQ 241

Here, TRENDS will keep you updated with all the newest information regarding our club meetings, upcoming events, important fashion show information and more. Be sure to check out our blog, for interesting fashion finds. Follow us on our major social outlets. Also, reference our calendar for all major events and meetings. And explore all our new features!

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TRENDS is a non-profit, student-run organization at California State University, Northridge (C.S.U.N.) that helps students gain the knowledge and preparation needed to work in the fashion industry. For over 20 years, TRENDS has involved students, faculty and the surrounding communities on campus to educate and promote interest in topics within the apparel industry. Our purpose is to prepare our members for future careers by building and developing a strong     foundation with real industry experiences. Priceless opportunities are presented to the student community through our annual events such as our Career Symposium, Fashion Show and industry tours throughout the school year

Over the 2010-11 academic year, three professors in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and their students explored the use of sustainable cotton in textile, apparel and interior design. Their research project was funded through a grant from Cotton, Inc.


TRENDS Headquarters:

Sequoia Hall @ Cal State Northridge

The Department:

Apparel Design and Merchandising
We combine design technology, business strategy and fashion merchandising in our approach to apparel manufacturing, processing and merchandising techniques, and textile product quality control. Our methods prepare graduates for unlimited career opportunities throughout the apparel and textile industry. Students may choose to specialize in apparel design and production, merchandising, or textile and apparel.

All students in the option receive guidance from faculty advisors. Courses are chosen to integrate the educational experience into promising careers.

bodice patternOpportunities for internships, networking and potential lifelong professional relationships are presented through the student organization Trends and through association with professional organizations such as the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Industry fashion association, California Fashion Association (CFA) and domestic fashion industry tours.

Essential to the educational experience is the Academic Internship. Professional practice in the chosen career field gives students experience, credits toward the degree, and introduces students to the day-to-day of the profession. Internships may be fulfilled at sites such as The California Merchandise Mart, major department stores, design showrooms, textile and apparel manufacturers, textile testing labs and museums.

Career opportunities for graduates are as unlimited as the imagination. Our graduates move into careers such as:

Apparel Designers
Fashion Consultants
Fashion Forecasters
Costumers and Costume Designers
Textile Designers
Textile Production Specialists
Textile Analysts
Wardrobe Stylists
Technical Designer
Visual Merchandiser
Quality Control/Production Managers
Fashion Journalists
Apparel Merchandisers
Retail Buyers and Managers
Sales Representatives/Executives
CAD Designers
Museum Curators
Historic Costume and Textile Preservation