Our vision is to see the disenfranchised population become self-sufficient, contributive citizens of our communities, and to revitalize the tailoring, garment manufacturing and fashion industries with new energy and innovative ideas. 

Marion W. Anderson, Sr. Foundation for Tailoring and Fashion Arts

About the Foundation

Master Tailor Marion W. Anderson Sr. (April 18, 1926 – February 14, 2015) was a custom tailor by profession. He retired from the New York City Board of Education, after having taught tailoring to at-risk high school boys for 35 years. In 1981 Marion founded the Manhattanville School for Tailoring located in the Manhattanville section of Harlem, New York using his NYS Dept. of Education certified curriculum. The school continues to offer his curriculum under the name, Manhattanville School of Tailoring and Fashion Arts.

Using his personal funds, Marion Anderson Sr. began the Summer Institute for Tailoring Scholarship Program for high school students. During this eight week course, students were taught to make a tailored vest with pant or skirt. They were given hands-on instruction, in a local fabric store, on fabric selection and purchasing. Workshops were provided to educate the participants of the varied career paths available in the industry. At the conclusion of the program each student received a sewing machine. He frequently provided free training to adults in economic distress, as long as they had the desire to learn. Marion W. Anderson Sr. maintained that when taught a trade, one will always be capable of supporting themselves and family.

The Marion W. Anderson Sr. Foundation for Tailoring and Fashion Arts will continue the work Mr. Anderson initiated, providing training and education opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth and adults.   

Programs and Activities

Summer Tailoring Institute for High School Students

Selected students in grades 9 through 12 will attend an eight (8) week intensive course in Tailoring. Through hands-on and experiential learning, students will receive instruction on how to construct a tailored garment and discover available career paths in the fashion and manufacturing industry. Students will receive instruction at the Manhattanville School of Tailoring and Fashion Arts.

S.T.E.A.M. Through Sewing Afterschool Program

This after school program is designed to teach children in grades 3 – 5 concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math while learning how to sew. The duration of this program is three months long and will be offered twice each school calendar year. This program will be a collaboration with and housed in elementary and middle schools located in economically disadvantaged communities.

 Adult Comprehensive Tailoring Program

This program will prepare adults for employment in the garment manufacturing and fashion industry. Participants will receive training from the Manhattanville School of Tailoring and Fashion Arts.