WELCOME TO JKAFS
Jamileh Kamran Arkansas Fashion School was founded in 2007 and is licensed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE). Directed by renowned couture designer Jamileh Kamran. JKAFS students receive personalized instruction to help transform their visions into stunning, runway-worthy creations. JKAFS's programs can be tailored to meet the needs, goals and time-demands of its pupils, and classes are available online and at the school's campus in Little Rock. In 2019 JKAFS was recognized by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) and the Fashion Study Program became an Accredited Program nationally.
Jamileh Kamran Arkansas Fashion School’s Mission is to teach the Art of Couture to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Jamileh Kamran Arkansas Fashion School accomplishes this goal through teaching skills in the fashion industry. These include Pattern Drafting Techniques, Body Draping Techniques, Garment Construction, Fashion Show Experiences, Client Interactions, and Portfolio Development. It is Jamileh Kamran Arkansas Fashion School’s Mission to development of a lifetime skill, and to enable financial self-sufficiency even at home for its students.
VOCATIONAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Upon completion of the following program, graduates will receive a Fashion Study diploma.
Fashion Study: An intensive, 15-course program that teaches students all the skills necessary to launch a fashion career. Students typically finish the Fashion Design Program within two and a half years, however, JKAFS can work with individual students to speed up the completion timeline.
PUBLIC A-VOCATIONAL COURSES
Individuals looking to learn new skills such as basic sewing and tailoring may be interested in enrolling in an individual course. Classes meet once a week for 5 hours. This is broken down into one hour of lecturing and four hours of hands-on lab work.
Public A-Vocational Available courses include:
Basic Sewing/Tailoring: In this 8-week 40 clock hour course students will develop and show basic sewing and tailoring techniques needed to succeed in the following courses. Such as different methods of hemming, waistbands, zippers, different darts, measurements, and other techniques.
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Courses For Self Improvement: If learning for your own self improvement is something that you would be interested in. We would like to welcome you to speak with Jamileh Kamran Arkansas Fashion School and we can set a A-Vocational course plan for you.
Meet Jamileh Kamran Arkansas Fashion School Advisory Board
Frances G. Lopata
Frances G. Lopata, BS, MS, Life Teaching Certification Missouri
Lopata is a retired Chemical Physicist who used to work in the ammunition industry. Her work gained her the title of inventor on seven patents. In addition to her work as a Chemical Physicist, Lopata also taught high school.
Trudie Kibbe Reed
Trudie Kibbe Reed, BA, MSSW, MA, Ed. D
Is a past President of Bethune-Cookman University and of Philander Smith College. Developed and implemented educational programs for eight national agencies and higher educational institutions. Broke 127 years of fundraising records during her tenure as President at Philander Smith College. Is nationally acclaimed as a fundraiser, educator, administrator, visionary, public speaker, and student-centered leader.
As a manager at TY Garments USA, an apparel manufacturer for global brands like adidas, reebok, and Fairway & Green, Joey Walsh played an instrumental role since the company's founding in 2017. With extensive experience traveling throughout Asia and the Americas to visit companies within the apparel supply chain, he has a deep understanding of the industry and brings valuable expertise to the table. Additionally, Joey serves as a member of the board of advisors for the Center for Chinese Language and Culture at the University of Central Arkansas.
Jessica Virden Mallett
Jessica Virden Mallett, BA, JD with Highest Honors
Tate is a Managing Partner for the Peter Miller Law Firm, does pro bono work for the Centers of Arkansas Legal Services, and is licensed to practice in all Arkansas State Courts, U.S. District Courts in Arkansas, and the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals.
Dr. H. Steve Leslie
Dr. H. Steve Leslie, M.B.A, M.A, M.S,
Dr. H. Steve Leslie, is an Assistant Professor of Business Communication and Assistant Director of Assessment at the Neil Griffin College of Business. Dr. Leslie was also a senior manager at NCB Insurance. Dr. Leslie is the former Interim Director of the Arkansas State University Faculty Center. His professional background is in education, banking and financial systems, sales and service management, and as an integrator, trainer and financial analyst. He is married to Dr. Natalie Johnson-Leslie and has two kids, Gabrielle and Daniel.
Shonda Stroud Ali-Shamaa, PMP
Senior Business Consulting Manager at NTT DATA, Owner of Love ROCS fashion brand and
graduate of the Arkansas Fashion School. As well as having her brand named Clothing Line of the
Year by Little Rock Fashion Week, her designs have been showcased in numerous runways shows
in Arkansas, Dallas, Oklahoma and New York.
Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck Retd.
Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck, JD
Retired Arkansas Supreme Court Judge. Serves on the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement’s Advisory Board, Pulaski County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, and the Jewish Federation of Arkansas Board. Serves as a Public Service Fellow/Jurist-in-Residence at William Bowen School of Law. Is on the Judges and Lawyers Program Foundation Board.
State Senator Joyce Elliott represents Senate District 31, comprising parts of Little Rock and Pulaski County. She was elected to the Senate in 2008, after having served three terms in the House of Representatives, from 2001 through 2006. She is vice chair of Senate Education for the 93rd General Assembly. Senator Elliott is also a member of Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee, Joint Retirement and Social Security Committee, Joint Budget Committee, Arkansas Legislative Council and Legislative Joint Auditing Committee and serves on several different committees.
Lead Designer for Dillard's best-selling private label brand, Murano. During her 12 years with Dillard's, she has designed Juniors Clothing, CAD Artwork, and Contemporary Menswear. Outside of her professional role, she also designs and produces custom artwork, embroidery, knits, and costumes for commissioned projects.