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CCAD Fashion Program in Top 20 World Ranking

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  • Sumo

The Columbus College of Art and Design was just recognized as having one of the top Fashion Design Programs in the entire World by Fashionista.com, a fashion-industry news outlet.

“Imagine our delight: one of New York’s leading sources for fashion information cites our fashion design program as one of the best in the country and best in the world,” said Denny Griffith, President of CCAD. “It’s a splendid ratification of our growing strength and influence as a college, and a clear recognition that the powerful partnerships and support we have cultivated with the likes of Limited Brands, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tween Brands, and EXPRESS are truly paying dividends.”

“Out of the 50 top fashion design programs in the world, including some very large and prestigious institutions, we rank 20th,” said Melissa Ricksecker, Director of Marketing & Communications at CCAD. “Within the US we are in the top 10. We’re pretty proud.”

You can view the full rankings HERE and the CCAD listing HERE.

For more information about recent fashion happenings at CCAD, check out our review of the 2009 Senior Fashion Show, our interview with CCAD alumni Edward Buchanan, or our interview with current CCAD student, Guice Mann.

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  • “For some reason?” Ouch!

  • gk

    Kent State – 13th; University of Cincinnati, 21st.  Never really thought of Ohio as among the fashion capitals of the world.

  • Jen – Yeah, not worded very nicely, but I can understand the confusion. I’m sure that even many fashion industry professionals don’t know about the larger fashion/retail businesses based here, and probably fewer collectively recognize that so many of their hotshot college grads being hired in New York, LA or elsewhere are coming from somewhere like Columbus. ;)

    Either way, this is great news for CCAD and good news for Columbus as a whole. There are some very interesting niches like this where we excel as a city, and I think sometimes that can be just as easy for locals to overlook. We (as a city) should be taking new initiatives to support our strong assets like the CCAD Fashion School and help raise them even higher into the spotlight and put some of our “city branding” energy behind it.

  • I’m not surprised either. Just seems like a strange choice of words in what is supposed to be a “professional” ranking of fashion programs. Three Ohio schools on the list is impressive, in any case.

  • jpizzow

    I like how they have something positive to say about almost every school and then when it comes to CCAD we get a ho hum comment like that……typical.

    I agree Walker that this city needs to start marketing itself as a fashion destination, on top of everything else of course. It blows my mind as to why city leaders did not figure this out a decade or so ago. We have Abercrombie, Express, Victorian’s Secret, Lane Bryant, DSW and so on right in our back yard. The industry is sitting there on a silver platter. I would even go so far as to say that many people living in Columbus probably don’t even know several, if not all of those companies are BASED here, which is pretty sad. Listen, I’m no fashion guru (jeans and t-shirt guy) but this is a multi-billion dollar industry that is a huge part of everyday culture and lives, yet we’ve done almost nothing to promote it. Maybe it’s time to take full advantage of one of the great assets this city has. Sounds like common sense to me.

  • christin

    JPizzow, I think the difference here lies in fashion vs. retail.

    This publication is more centered on avant-garde fashion, couture, big name design houses and seasonal runway shows, not the knitwear and trendy fast fashion you can buy at a mall.

    Side note, I think they’re doing a disservice to their readers with this article by inflating expectations. I’ve seen it happen to several friends, who entered fashion schools (cough cough, #20 and #21) thinking they’ll end up working in fashion, when realistically they ended up copying designer pieces for mall store chains at a low-paid summer internship, working at Macy’s, or selling handmade stuff on Etsy to buy groceries because they’re $50K in debt.

    Sorry to spread the Haterade but that’s the truth.
    But I still think Walker is right about supporting the students themselves.

  • cc

    Made me think of ‘Dressed’. It is very, very hard to make it in the fashion industry – some do, most don’t.


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