Listed below are specialized facilities used by students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program.
A variety of apparel construction, production, design and merchandising courses are taught in this studio. Equipment used includes industrial and home sewing machines, sergers, and industry dress forms.
Introductory and advanced textile courses 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.