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O'More School of Design

Student Opportunities

Did you know that Nashville...

Has the largest per capita concentration of fashion companies outside of Los Angeles and New York City? 

Much of the growth has occurred in the past five years, and Belmont is located in the heart of the excitement.  Fashion students have a number of resources at their fingertips with unlimited internship opportunities with fortune 500 companies to small artisanal brands, studying with like-minded peers in the only fashion program in Tennessee that is nationally ranked.  In 2018 our BFA in Fashion Merchandising is among the Top 20 private programs, nationally.  And our Fashion Design program was ranked among the Top 10 programs in the South in 2017.

Nashville is home to Fortune 500 companies that include VF Imagewear a subsidiary of VF Corporation one of the largest producers of apparel and footwear to Dollar General, and other high-profile companies from Genesco, Inc. who own Johnston & Murphy, Journey’s and Docker’s shoes to Kirkland’s and Tractor Supply.  All of our alums are employed with these companies and beyond Tennessee.

Students take the skills they have learned in design and merchandising courses ranging from construction, patterning, draping, digital design, textiles to visual merchandising and applying them to a number of course-related projects.

Collaborations & Community Involvement:

Collaboration, innovation, and transformation are at the heart of our fashion degree programs, which is the key to success beyond the students’ academic career.

New Dialect O'More Collaboration

  • Select students partnered with New Dialect a non-profit contemporary dance collective and training program in Spring of this year. Students learned to design for bodies in motion.  The costumes and dance performance was revealed at the 2018 Fashion Show.  One of our adjunct faculty members facilitated the project who has a number of years of experience in dance, costume and with companies that include Disney, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Tam, Isaac Mizrahi and Helmut Lang.
  • For the past two years O’More has collaborated with Eastman Chemical Company a fortune 500 enterprise.  Students have competed for a $2500 scholarship each year.  Design competitions have included evening wear and knit-based garments.
  • In 2017 O’More partnered with GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome achievement center in Nashville. Students were paired up with a child from ages 6-10 and designed a custom outfit for them based on their likes and needs.  Designs were showcased at the 2017 Fashion Show.  Media coverage included USA Today.com, Today.com, PopSugar, and Diply.com.
  • Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital collaboration
  • Collaboration of student work in design and merchandising displayed at COAST Trade Show.
    • Merchandising students created fashion trend boards and design students created pieces out of unconventional mediums, i.e. wearable art.
  • Fashion Merchandising students created visual window displays for the non-profit Our Thrift Store who provide job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
    • Merchandising students will be taking the skills they are learning in Visual Merchandising and creating displays for Goodwill Stores.
Denim Days
  • Olah, Inc., a multi-faceted New York-based marketing, consultancy and event firm focusing on the denim and sportswear industries sponsored a denim collaboration in 2017. Based on the success of the denim reveal O’More students have been asked to participate in Denim Days: November 10-11 in Nashville.  Sophomores and juniors will be designing a denim collection that will be revealed at Denim Days. 
  • Denim Days Festival travels to NYC and Amsterdam.  2018 is the inaugural year for Nashville.
  • A design competition focused on upcycling that is open to all O’More students this Fall with Atelier & Repairs. The company has offices in Los Angeles and London.  Submissions will be part of the Denim Days Festival.  Students will have the opportunity to sell their redesigned white shirt, and the student with the award- winning design will be awarded a mentorship with the designer, cash award and Singer sewing machine.
  • A studio class partnered with ABLE proposing design concepts for their Fall 2015 line.  One of the student’s designs was chosen and was included in their line.  Item was called the Tembo Catchall.
  • Students have redesigned dresses for plus-size teenagers unable to find a fashion-forward prom dress in their appropriate size.

 

Internship Program:

Internships are at the core of our programs and provide that opportunity to network, apply course skills in a real-life setting and get a foot in the door with companies.
O’More students have interned at the following companies:
  • ABLE
  • Amanda Valentine
  • Anna Sui (NYC)
  • Atelier Savas
  • Bex Rox (London)
  • Boiler Room Theatre
  • Borgo28 (Florence, Italy)
  • The Callaway
  • Christian Siriano (Project Runway Winner-NYC)
  • Cristina Ottaviano (NYC)
  • Donna Karan International (NYC)
  • Elizabeth Suzann
  • Esquire Magazine (NYC)
  • FILA Sport
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Gus Mayer
  • Imagination Costume in Las Vegas, NV
  • Johnathan Kayne
  • Jusarra Lee (NYC)
  • Kay Unger (NYC)
  • Lisa Redman (London)
  • Manuel, clothier to the stars
  • Milly NYC
  • Nashville Ballet
  • Natural Life
  • Nisolo
  • Nordstrom Corporate
  • Pamella Roland (NYC)
  • Pink Chicken (NYC)
  • Posh Boutique
  • Stylist to Taylor Swift
  • Tennessee Repertory Theatre
  • Teresa Hays Handmarblings (Textile Design)
  • TJX, Inc.
  • Vera Wang
  • VF Imagewear (Owned bylargest apparel company in the world, VFC)
    • Produce uniforms for the airlines, UPS, FedEx, Chef Wear, Firefighters, Policemen
  • Earl Jeans
  • Eastpak
  • JanSport
  • Lee Jeans
  • Nautica
  • The North Face
  • Vanity Fair lingerie
  • Wrangler Jeans

 

 

 

Hands at work

 

NYC Market Trip:

Students have the opportunity make appointments with designers and institutions in NYC, the center of fashion in the United States. Inaddition to their various appointments, the students' trip to NYC includes a visit to the garment district, sightseeing, theatre shows, visits to fabric houses, and shopping in Soho, East Village, Chelsea, Chinatown, Uptown.

Students have often scheduled appointments with:

  • Pamella Roland
  • Cristina Ottaviano
  • M&S Schmalberg
  • Custom fabric flowers for Vera Wang, Badgley & Mischka
  • Stoll Knit Resource
  • Draper James
  • Outdoor Voices
  • PRPS Denim
  • Costume Designers
  • Greenfield Clothiers
    • Tailored men’s sportswear
    • Presidents of the United States
  • Zang Toi, Designer
  • Women’s Wear Daily (WWD)
  • Cynthia Rowley, Designer
  • Amsale Bridal, Designer
  • Kay Unger
  • Nanette Lepore
  • Doneger Group
    • Resident Buying Office and Forecasting Co.
  • WGSN
    • Fashion Forecasting Co.
  • Sondra Roberts Handbags
  • Saks, Inc.
  • Theory
  • American Sweater Sport
  • Burberry

 

Anything is possible with passion and hard work.  And the synergy we are creating with bringing O’More and Belmont together as one, opportunities for students and graduates will be endless.