RISD’s Apparel Design department prepares students to meet the demanding requirements of the fashion industry. Built on the philosophy that design and technical skills are mutually enhancing, the program is structured to take students through all aspects of apparel design and construction, from functional to experimental clothing. Technical classes proceed from basic to advanced drafting, draping and construction and incorporate the use of computers as a tool for design and product visualization. RISD has offered programs in Costume, Clothing and Fashion since 1918 and established the Apparel Design department in 1952. Many graduates of the department – such as Nicole Miller [RISD ’73], Sari Gueron [RISD ’97], Sally Lapointe [RISD ’06], Robert Geller [RISD ’01], Nicole Romano [RISD ’00], Tess Giberson [RISD ’96], Tae Ashida [RISD ’87] and Marcia Patmos [RISD ’91] – have started independent labels, while others – such as Vanessa Pang [RISD ’95], senior design director for Michael Kors Men’s Collections and Thea Jacinto [RISD ’10], knits designer at Polo Ralph Lauren– have found success at leading design houses.