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.


Fashionable pets by Jennifer Ruffini

Fashionable pets? You bet!

Pet’s fashion by Jennifer Ruffini form her last show
“i’m ready to keep working on new designs and ideas for the pups the next show!”
Way to go Jen!

Jewelry Designer Cesar Palma

Jewelry Designer Cesar Palma
October 25th,2007 2:00 PM Room 321








Saks Fifth Avenue


Nine West  (on-site interviews)

BeBe – Galleria


Shop 603

Victoria‘s Secret

Sunglass Hut


Whole Foods

The Calling Station

Tristar Staffing Solutions

Talent Tree


Home Depot

Expo Design Center

City Furniture


FedEx Ground

Comp USA

Sears Portrait Studio

Photo Dimension                                AND MORE!!!


Full & Part Time Positions Available NOW!

Contact Mary in Career Services for more details!



Best Regards,


Mary du Plessis

Student Employment Advisor

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

1799 S.E. 17th Street

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316-3000

TEL:  954.308.2660  / 800.275.7603 Ext 2660

FAX:  954.525.2602




 Fashion Event this Saturday October 6 and needs 7 volunteers.

It is an FASHION SHOW and TRADESHOW w/ 40+ designers.

 She will be in the Main Lobby tomorrow October 5 from 11-1 trying to recruit some volunteers, so if you

You know anyone that would like to participate, send them down please!
Stitch Rock is an indie craft fair and bazaar bringing back old school crafting techniques with new school flare! Full of Handmade crafts and unique products like knitted cupcakes, hand painted purses, yummy bath and body goodies, hot rod paintings, pin up photography, and much more! Skip the mall, shop indie!



Fashion:Latinas Celebrate Style and Distinction

Mrs. AdrianBy Melanie De Vito

The 6th Annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity Luncheon was held on Friday, August 17, at the Signature Grand to honor outstanding Latinas in the South Florida community and, for the second consecutive year, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion show was a tremendous hit.

Proudly showcasing their unique designs on the runway and being inspired by their own Hispanic heritage, seven of AiFL’s Fashion Design students were highlighted during the afternoon’s festivities. With famously festive Latin music jazzing up the ballroom and exciting the crowd of over 900 and with faculty instructor Mariella Adrian providing commentary, students Vivian Ruiz, Kyra Jachode, Ana Rodriguea, Jorge Alor, and Nicole Arellano, and graduates Sheila Rodriguez and Maria Solis, showcased their creative collections on the runway.

In addition to the full page complimentary ad and acknowledgmentLatinas Celebrate Style and Distinction

The designer’s collections were each inspired by their very own Hispanic roots. Kyra Jachode, a native of Puerto Rico, incorporated her country’s unique organic landscaping into her garments. “I wanted to create a collection that integrated the natural beauty of the countryside with the youthful flare of the city life,” said Jachode. Her collection featured empire waistlines, bellowing silhouettes, pleating detailing, unique shirring, and smocking effects.

“Many of us live in South Florida because of its diversity and bringing students together from different parts of the world to work on a project like this really shows that the community can not be divorced from its surroundings,” said Andre West, Program Chair for Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising.

in the event program, promotional cards featuring the college’s designers and Passion for Fashion competition were placed on all the tables.

Hispanic women distinction award

Hispanic women distinction award