Fashion & Apparel Design Associations

Why is this Important?

  • Professional Associations are where the industry of the major gather together
  • Many have student chapters you can join while in college
  • Many offer internships, scholarships, and opportunities in the major

Fashion & Apparel Design Student Associations


United States Fashion Industry Association
USFIA represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989, USFIA works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the fashion industry’s ability to trade freely and create jobs in the United States. Visit

International Textile and Apparel Association
The International Textile and Apparel Association promotes the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and is a primary resource for its members in strengthening leadership and service to society. Visit

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers which compete in the global market . Visit

The American Sewing Guild
The American Sewing Guild welcomes members of all skill levels and from many different walks of life. Learning new skills, networking with others who share an interest in sewing Visit

The Knitting Guild Association
The ASSOCIATION OF KNITWEAR DESIGNERS (AKD) is dedicated to the promotion and accreditation of its professional members. Visit