Fashion Technology

The Fashion Technology program is a competency based Chapter 74 approved program aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Vocational Technical Education Frameworks – Business and Consumer Services Cluster – Fashion Technology. Fashion Technology offers a well rounded curriculum that allows students to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the Fashion Industry. Students are encouraged to develop their creative thinking and design abilities through systematic instruction in fashion illustration and fashion design. Students

develop their own portfolio of fashion designs. Students learn the skills of garment construction and pattern development using state of the art industrial sewing equipment.

Design ability is enhanced by the study of color theory, design principles, and textile science. Project based learning includes creating a variety of garments, costumes for local theatrical productions and custom embroidery.

The business of fashion is a focus of the Fashion Technology program. Students learn the business practices of major fashion retailers from customer service and store management, to buying and visual merchandising. Students create a product and develop a business plan for their product including the financial, production and promotion aspects of business planning.

Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of fashion terminology, current fashion trends, and a creative approach to the fashion world. Students are exposed to a wide variety of real-world influences including store visits, and field trips. Students read trade publications, learn about fashion history, and study current fashion design collections to expand their understanding of the Industry.

Students learn a variety of career skills vital to success in the industry including resume writing, career planning, developing business presentations, business and research writing, and computer skills. A wide variety of career opportunities in fashion are explored in the classroom setting. Students are encouraged to expand their experiences through job-shadows, internships, and co-op placements in local businesses.

Course Objectives

– Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
– Integrated academics through project based learning
– Create a portfolio
– Recognize career pathway opportunities
– Interact safely in a shop environment
– Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
– Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
– Organize and research information
– Develop a professional appearance, exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
– Develop customer relations
– Determine customers needs and process work orders
– Use technology to seek diagnostic techniques and repair procedures, parts information and labor rates

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Linda Ostapoff
Exploratory,1st ,2nd ,3rd year
  • Give a Little Bit
    Thank you all, staff, teachers, students and parents for the wonderful response to this year’s “Give a Little Bit” event. My students delivered the gifts to the Center for Human Development (West Springfield) on Friday. From theer our donations will be wrapped and transported to foster teens in Western Mass.
         This year we supported 20 foster teens with 5 wishes each, 100 gifts. We also donated another 100 “stocking stuffers” to be used where needed. This is a total of 200 gifts!
         The Center for Human Development greatly appreciates your donations.
         Thank you from Fashion Technology and Mrs. Ostapoff
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  • CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Fashion Technology:

    CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Fashion Technology:

    • Sept. 24th students participated in the day long Extreme Entrepreneurship Event  at Springfield Technical Community College where they heard from several successful entrepreneurs including speakers who have started successful clothing businesses.
    • The students held a Yankee Candle fundraiser to raise funds for their annual New York City trip in the spring.
  • DECA/FIDM nationwide challenge

    One of our teams has won third place in the DECA/FIDM nationwide  challenge. This team consists of Samantha Gregory and Mark Botnaru (both Seniors from Agawam) and Gabriella Klinakis (a Sophmore from Easthampton.) This team is eligible to attend the DECA NAtional Conference, a first for LPVEC. I don’t know the total for this year, but last year 80 teams from DECA chapters around the country participated in this event.

    1st  Place –  Castro Valley High School (California)    
    (Kyley Lockwood, Erica Gorman, Rita Sorokina)

    2nd Place – Bergen County Academies (New Jersey)
    (Mary Heck, Erica Golubovsky)

    3rd Place –  Lower Pioneer Valley High School (Massachusetts)
    (Gabriella Klinakis, Samantha Gregory, Mark Botnaru)

    Congratulations to these students for their outstanding work!  The top three teams will be recognized on stage at DECA’s International Career Development Con­ference in Orlando, Florida. The overall winning team from Castro Valley High School will be awarded a travel stipend to help attend DECA’s International Career Development Conference.



    Shane Thomas