• UD's Sidoriak takes top honors in national textile design competition
    Swimwear project

    ​10:55 a.m., July 9, 2014--Emma Sidoriak, a University of Delaware Honors Program student from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, who graduated in May with a double major in fashion and apparel design and economics, has won first place in a national design competition sponsored by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

  • ​Dr. Belinda Orzada spent the summer in Paris, teaching a design course on Couture Techniques at Paris American Academy's Summer Fashion Workshop
    Apparel Design Faculty Member Spends Summer in Paris

    Dr. Belinda Orzada won the Balenciaga in Hawaii Design Competition sponsored by Paris American Academy. Final judging and a fashion show were held during the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference in Honolulu, HI in November 2012. Dr. Orzada won the Professional Design category with her design inspired by the work of couturier Cristobal Balenciaga. Her design, "vision and Technique" utilized geranium pink silk gazaar for a cloak cut on the bias with cowl folds at the neckline and armhole.

  • UD students and their advisor attended a gala event in their honor
    Fashion and Apparel Studies Sudents Honored with National Awards

    ​Prominent figures in the fashion world gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships Awards Dinner in early January. Seven students from the University of Delaware’s Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies attended the awards banquet and received major recognition as winners of prestigious fashion awards. 

  • Fashion merchandising student named Cotton Inc. ambassador

    After submitting an entry to become an ambassador for Cotton Inc. at the University of Delaware, Fashion Merchandising major Julia Frense (2015) was ecstatic to learn that she had been chosen!  Her prize was the opportunity to work as an Ambassador to promote the Cotton University website by implementing the marketing plan portion of her submission on the UD campus.

  • Politics of Fashion

    ​You don’t have to look farther than your shirt label to see the apparel industry’s global network, but for eight students from the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, understanding how a “made in China” garment makes its way into the United States is a far more complex — and fascinating — process. Click here to read their blog about a travel study program to Washington, DC and North Carolina. 


  • Listen to the FIBERCAST on the Global Organic Market

    ​Click here to listen to the podcast!  Consumer demand is driving the need to expand the production of organic and more sustainably grown cotton.  Including smallholder farmers in this growing market is essential to meeting this demand.  But there are many challenges involved in this process.  In their distinguished lecture and FIBERcast titled “Challenges of Including Smallholder Farmers in the Global Organic Cotton Market,”


  • Fashion Merchandising major in News Journal "Style Files"

    Hannah Worsh, a junior Fashion Merchandising major from Newark, was featured in the Sept. 7, 2014 "Delaware Style Files" of the News Journal.
  • Marsha Dickson quoted in US News & World Report

    Marsha Dickson has been quoted in an article in the US News & World Report about cleaning up labor problems in global fashion supply chains.
  • FASH students present research at Steele Symposium

    Two Fashion Merchandising majors from Dr. Huantian Cao's FASH 215 honors section, Megan Blissick and Lexis Kambour shared their textiles research "Exoskeleton: Finding a Serviceable Textile" during the Steele Symposium. The Steele Symposium features research presentations by graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Development and affiliated departments. It was held on Friday, May 2, 2014. The Symposium is named for a distinguished alumna of the University of Delaware, Marion H. Steele, who was editor for many years of the Journal of Home Economics, now the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. It is an opportunity to recognize research reflecting the high standards of scholarly work to which Marion Steele devoted her professional efforts. The Symposium honors both the students’ participation as well as the memory of Marion H. Steele.
  • Kelly Cobb presents "Composting Fashion" at EARTH PERFECT?

    "Composting Fashion: compost, solar dye and patterned fabrics using non-toxic materials and vegetal matter" was the topic of a seminar presented by Kelly Cobb as part of EARTH PERFECT? Nature, Utopia, and the Garden, a four-day symposium showcasing the garden as an emblem of the ideal human relation with nature. The symposium was designed for an academic audience, garden professionals, and a general public interested in the importance and meaning of gardens. The workshop was well attended. Participants included independent landscape architects and garden professionals, garden writer curators from the Mt. Cuba Center. Cobb focused on techniques perfected (developed by master eco-dyers such as India Flint) during an artist-in-residence with Greensgrow farm as part of Design Philadelphia. These techniques included solar dye and fermented pattern methods as well as hapa zome (a process where you literally beat the color of a flower into the cloth). She sourced plant matter locally and the mordants (a substance used to set dyes) were completely non-toxic such as yogurt, soymilk, vinegar and alum.
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