Built in 1892 as the Henry Street Elementary School, the three story Eckburg Hall consists of red brick in Queen Anne Revival style and features lavish terra cotta ornamentation, a gabled central pavilion and a monumental arched entrance. Fashion, accessory design, fashion marketing and management, and luxury and fashion management students have access to this exceptional facility. It features seven design studio classrooms, including the large third-floor studio space which once served as a gymnasium when the building housed a public school. There are two lecture classrooms, a drawing and fashion sketching classroom, two accessory design labs, a dedicated graduate studio, a CAD lab with Cintique tablets, and a resource library that contains various fabrics, fashion books and magazines among other exceptional resources.
Students in the fashion program focus on the skills of design, illustration, forecasting, promotion and presentation, while accessory design students build on the foundation of patternmaking and design skills, as well as mastery of industry-standard equipment. The fashion marketing and management program combines the study of design, business, communication and cultural studies; and the luxury and fashion management track focuses on design, trend recognition, marketing skills, product development, strategic brand management and marketing to predict trends in an international and cross-cultural setting. Graduates in these fields go on to become fashion designers, buyers, fashion stylists and journalists, label designers, couturiers and image consultants.