Listed below are some facilities available to students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program.
Interior design and apparel design students and faculty have access to the Department of Technology’s primary computer drafting laboratory. Interior design and apparel design students have access to the computer lab in Turner Hall during open lab times to utilize AutoCAD where necessary.
A variety of apparel construction, production, design and merchandising courses are taught in this laboratory. Equipment includes Bernina sewing machines, Juki industrial machines, Singer 5-thread home sergers, power shears, and industrial irons with stands.
The following computer systems are also used in this laboratory:
Introductory and advanced textile courses for fashion design & merchandising and interior design students are taught in this laboratory.
Equipment available for research and instruction includes a spectrophotometer, crease recovery tester, snag tester, Instron materials strength tester, abrasion resistance tester, laboratory wringer, solar UV simulator, yarn twist tester, wrinkle tester, Pantone Textile Color selector, crockmeter, drying oven, and tearing tester.
Stimulate interest and further study in all aspects of costume history.
The Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection began in 1962. It was started by Lois Jett, an Apparel Merchandising and Design faculty member within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Today, this teaching collection houses approximately 2000 artifacts of historic clothing and accessories.
The garments date from c1870-2000, and were worn by men, women, and children - predominantly in the Midwest.
The Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection enhances teaching students about historic costume. This hands-on experience allows students to learn how and why clothing changed over time, as well as how to properly care for historic garments.
Students learn how to plan and execute educational exhibits that would be of interest to the public. The Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection also offers research opportunities for independent student and faculty scholarship.
All artifacts donated to the Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection are only used for educational and research purposes. In order to best preserve the garments for future generations, the Collection uses museum standards for proper handling of the items. All artifacts are cataloged on a computer database.
For more information or to become a Friend of the Collection, contact:
Jennifer Banning, Ph.D.