Fashion trip to the MAGIC trade show is Las Vegas

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion department faculty Kerry Szymanski, took a group of 13 fashion merchandising and fashion design students of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

students of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale .Magic show in Las Vegas

students of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale .Magic show in Las Vegas

to the MAGIC trade show is Las Vegas last week. MAGIC is one of the largest trade shows for apparel in the United States. The February show debuts FALL 2009 fashion for men’s, women’s, children’s and accessories. It was a great opportunity for students to visit a trade show, better understand the wholesale market and make contacts for internships and job opportunities.


According to Dawn L. James, MA Adjunct Faculty

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion design and fashion merchandising students were able to make connections with trade professionals and many of them received opportunities to work in booths at local Miami tradeshow(s) or as future interns with various companies.

We brought back many contacts information to pass along to Career Services, for leads or to follow through on opportunities discussed.

The students attended three tradeshows–Magic, Premier Magic (high end designers) and Magic Sourcing.  There were also many workshops on various business, branding or sourcing, they attended.  Some of our students actually made purchases for their current retail position, as buyers.

I think the sourcing show helped them make fabric, quality control and manufacturing connections.  It also helped them understand the production and sourcing processes.

In addition, many of them realized there are other jobs, like sales rep positions, that they could also pursue.

The students read about this show in text books and many of them may never get a chance to participate at their future career level.




Its Time to Apply to the Japans Largest Fashion Competition!

An international competition will be held as a part of the Japan Fashion Week, which is the largest fashion event in Japan. In the end of March, we would like to send you information regarding application to this competition. Accordingly, would you kindly let us know by February 10th who is in charge of these kinds of matter in your school and the address of your school? We are looking forward to have applications from your school.

Details of the competition

(1)     It is the largest new designer competition in Japan and receives 13,000 designs from 39 countries around the world every year.

(2)     Applicants who passed the preliminary selection will be invited to Tokyo to attend the final selection.

(3)     The Grand Prix winner will be given 1,000,000 yen as an award. Other prize winners will also receive prize money as supplementary prizes.

(4)     The Grand Prix winner and the winners of the prize for excellence will be provided a chance to present their collections in booths of exhibitions. In addition, we are planning some other initiatives to support the prize winners. We will announce the details on the website in March.

(5)     This competition is supported by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and other organizations.


Fashion Week

Titipon Chitsantisook
Fashion Grand Prix Committee

Onward Kashiyama Co.,Ltd.

3-14-11 Kaigan Minato-ku,

Tokyo, 108-8439


Tel: +81-3-5476-5222

Fax: +81-3-5476-5460


Application period

June 1 – June 26, 2009

Submission Method

Please submit to the nearest application office by mail individually or in groups by gathering the students’ design and apply from your school.


Beginning of July, 2009. Successful applicants will be notified the result.

Final Selection

October 24, 2009 at the Tokyo Collection Hall (tentative)




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