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Message from the Chair, Hye-Shin Kim

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​Welcome to the University of Delaware's Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies. We have a proud history of offering fashion programs at the University of Delaware since 1914. Our department is defined by our rigorous undergraduate programs, internationally prominent graduate and professional education programs, and award-winning scholars that produce impactful and cutting-edge research. We are an interdisciplinary field with our faculty expertise representing various fields of study with significant collaborations across the College, the University, and with international institutions. Our apparel industry orientation is supported by our strong partnerships and collaboration with government and non-government organizations (NGO) and for-profit businesses.

Our department is home to approximately 4oo undergraduate majors. We have two majors in the department - Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising.  In addition, we offer a minor in Fashion History and Culture. Our undergraduate students are well engaged in undergraduate research, scholarship winning competitions, study abroad programs, and exciting internships.

Our department offers a Master of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies with thesis and professional project options. Our graduate students work with our faculty in the areas of brand management and marketing, consumer behavior, cross-cultural research, historical/cultural aspects of dress, international trade and policy, product development and design, social responsibility and sustainability, and textile research and development. We also offer the award winning Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business. The online certificate program addresses labor and environmental problems in the global supply chains for the apparel, textile, and footwear industries.  Our graduate program is enriched by an international student body from various academic and industry backgrounds.

The University of Delaware's beautiful 968-acre campus is located in a college town of Newark, DE. The University of Delaware is strategically located near world leaders of high performance textile manufacturing and major fashion brands. Furthermore, the department is able to take full advantage of various opportunities in the fashion industry in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and other major metropolitan areas due to its close proximity. 

We are excited to welcome visitors and students! For information concerning our department and programs, contact us at fashion-studies@udel.edu or 302-831-8714.


Hye-Shin Kim

Professor and Chair


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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • fashion-studies@udel.edu