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Apparel, Textiles and Design Research

Apparel, textiles and design faculty support students who wish to pursue independent research projects or creative scholarship as part of their undergraduate studies and students seeking deeper research through a master’s program. Students have access to studios and equipment and are supported by faculty mentors. There are opportunities to collaborate with programs outside of apparel, textiles and design.

Undergraduate research

Students are encouraged to apply for funding through the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

  • Maggie Zee, in process, Exploration of the Feasibility of Hops as a Textile Material; in collaboration with College of Natural Resources. Read Maggie's Story
  • Kawthar Alibraham, 2020, Gloaming: Color Change Exploration in 3D Printed Garments; proof-of-concept garments have been accepted to the International Textiles and Apparel Association Undergraduate Design Exhibition in 2019 and 2020.
  • BreAnne Servoss-Cook, 2020, Survey of Consumers Perceptions of Apparel Quality; Honors Thesis with highest distinction, discovering relationships between garment construction knowledge and perception of quality.
  • McKenna Ritcheson, 2018, Consumer Understanding of Heat Retention; research of heat retention of filled jackets using FLIR thermal imaging.

Graduate research

Students pursue a M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences and focus their content in apparel, textiles and design studies.

  • Patrick Brown-Hayes, in process: R2A: Repairing, Reusing and Ateliering
  • Joyce Sun, 2020, Priceless or Price — less: Challenges of Understaffed Collections, A case study of the Leila Old Historic Costume Collection
  • Paulette Brook, 2019, Regency Fashion: The Muslin Round Gown
  • Krista Baker, 2016, non-thesis project: Margaret Ritchie Fashion Show Event Planning
  • Chelsey Byrd Lewallen, 2015, Clothing Alterations and Repairs Business Start-up Project: Altered Ego, LLC

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Research faculty

Sonya Meyer

Professor and Collections Manager

Niccolls Building, Room 302A


Undergraduate research faculty

Niccolls Building, Room 205


Lori Wahl

Senior Instructor

Niccolls Building, Room 200



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