Fashion Forward Program


Become a fashion designer and launch your line with Portland Fashion Institute’s Fashion Forward Program.

From start to launch!  Here’s everything you need to know to start an apparel business. You pay for the courses. PFI pays for facilities, fashion event and publicity plus gives you business consulting and support and multiple exposures for you and your line.  We are your link to boutiques, buyers and the trade so you can get into the business.

Apply now.  If you are one of the 6-8 winners, you will:

– Learn the design and business skills needed to create and sustain a career in fashion design.

– Be featured in a fashion show where you can sell your garments to buyers. The show and publicity are at Portland Fashion Institute’s expense.

– Learn how to produce your garments and get them into stores.

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Ready to apply? Hit this link:  Fashion Forward Program Application

Deadline for applications:  Saturday, August 19, 2017, 5 pm

Past Fashion Forward designers include (left to right above):
– Stephanie Mendes/Love Stephanie, now working at Columbia Sportswear
– Melanie Bowman Clark/Storyline, now working in film & television
– Jessy Burris/Candy Lagoon, now working on the Yeezy line at Adidas
– Clio Rebillon/Kade, now working at Columbia Sportswear
– Becca Price/Lostwood Lane, now working as a sales rep
– Eva Boryer, now studying at Savannah College of Art & Design
– Amy Dotts, now working at Columbia Sportswear

– Bryce Black, Project Runway
– Alicia Wood, Keen
– Alyson Clair, Clair Originals
– Tiffany Bean, Mabel & Zora
– Stephanie Dong, Stephanie Mai Couture
– Vien To, Vouture
– Erich Treeby, Duchess Clothier
– Fyn Karunamit, Fyn Apparel
– Christine VanAbkoude, Perilous Activity
– Claire Doody, Copper Union
– Jessica Caldwell, Machine Apparel
– Jessica Van Hulle, The Lady Jessica
– Stephanie Hutton, now studying at Fashion Institute of Technology
– Caitlin McCall, Quick Study
– Lisa Silveira, Wandering Muse
– Vanessa Lambert, Stitch Vixen

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