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Research related to the study of clothing and appearance as
important contributors to human interactions; consideration of the
importance of clothing in individual and collective behavior. Basic
concepts and theories from social psychology will be used to study how
dress reflects self-feelings, establishes social identities, and affects
off-campus supervised and coordinated field study program in
fashion/apparel related areas that allows students to apply acquired
knowledge and skills in a corporate or professional setting.
Practicum at the University of Delaware Historic Costume and
Textiles Collection. Students learn proper care, storage and display
techniques for flat textiles, apparel and accessories. Experiences may
include museum education, object accession, and database management.
A study of the significance of brand management for fashion
companies as a competitive strategy for building sales and customer
base. Introduction to essential elements of branding. Examines major
activities of brand management and marketing with a focus on apparel
firms. Apparel branding examined in the global context due to global
nature of industry and its impact on consumers around the world.PREREQ: Graduate standing. RESTRICTIONS: Not open to students with credit for FASH430.
Product development for a targeted market from conceptualization
through execution of sample garments for mass production. Develop skills
in computer-aided pattern designing, grading, marker making and data
management (e.g., sizing, specifications, operations and costing).
Includes field trip.
Global interdependencies that influence production, distribution,
and consumption of goods and services. The diverse roles of government,
industry, and consumers in the global economy. An overview of the global
textile and apparel industries. Also examines the U.S. textile complex
and the U.S. market within an international context.
Exploration of current research and industry needs in the field.
Must be taken each time course is offered. Presentation of thesis
Individual study, individual service learning project, group
experiential learning (e.g., travel, internship, service learning),
research that allows students to synthesize learning across courses.
in all phases of a professional project under the guidance of a faculty
member and document the results in written form. The professional
project should reflect the ability to conduct an individual study,
individual service learning project, group experiential learning, or
research project in which students synthesize learning across courses in
the Fashion and Apparel Studies M.S. program.
choosing professional project option, a student must complete a total of
3 credits of FASH 669 during the M.S. study in Fashion and Apparel
Challenges for social responsibility in the context of
structure, relationships and long-standing practices and methods in
apparel business. Analyzes structural and competitive issues of supply
chains such as ownership, globalization, and outsourcing.
Political and profit interests that influence socially
responsible decisions and policy for the global textile and apparel
industry are considered. Factors analyzed include ethics, economics,
government policies, international labor standards, environmental
regulations, and company priorities.
This course examines the responsibility of businesses for
sustaining economic/social development in the global apparel industry.
An historical perspective of the role of the industry in economic
development provides a context for evaluating current issues concerning
Examines the interrelationships between cultural characteristics,
employment/work practices and social responsibility. Examples of
industry practices that reflect the effects of culture on business
practices are addressed.
Examines the role of consumers in improving working conditions,
labor standards, and environmental stewardship in apparel factories
worldwide. Factors and groups motivating consumer action are explored,
including the influence of personal characteristics, market
opportunities, and activist and other pressure groups.
of leadership, the role of inspirational leadership, and the
opportunities for making a difference will be explored, analyzed and
applied. Social change is the emphasis of this course-how YOU can help
build a socially responsible workplace.
Evaluates the effectiveness of current initiatives for improving
working conditions and labor standards in factories around the world.
Explores codes of conduct and new trends for achieving long-term
improvements in compliance to internationally recognized labor
Examines the rights of workers. Explores obstacles in meeting and
methods for assuring worker rights, including freedom of association.
Consideration is given to how to effectively engage with workers.
Examines challenges to environmental stewardship in the design,
sourcing, and packaging of apparel, textiles, and footwear products.
Explores innovative practices, visionary leadership, and social change
strategies for redesigning 'green' in the context of the design and
sourcing roles of apparel business.
Examines environmentally responsible apparel production and
practices as philosophy, process, and competitive business strategy.
Analyzes sustainable production in the context of a business' physical
plant, materials, and resource use.
Analysis and interpretation of research in fashion and apparel
studies. Examination of qualitative and quantitative research
methodologies. Emphasis is placed on theory development and research
Theories and methods used in design and aesthetics; examines those
used in multiple disciplines and their application in the field of
An in-depth study on the evolution of the fashion industry, from
its conception to the present. Areas of emphasis include
manufacturing/production, design, retail and marketing. Each segment is
examined through the political, economic, aesthetic, technological,
social and cultural factors that influenced the industry.
theoretical perspectives used to explain and predict fashion and fashion
change; examines economic, historical, psychological, marketing, and
sociological concepts and theories to understand the fashion process.
In-depth study of consumer behavior toward fashion products in a global
context. Theories will be investigated from the context of the required
Use of advanced apparel design techniques in the development and
execution of a collection of garments for juried design exhibition.
Interdisciplinary approaches to collaborative creative thinking
and problem solving, implementing a variety of methods (e.g.,
environmental scanning, concept/knowledge mapping, scenario building,
futuring/forecasting, visioning, scenario building, strategic planning)
to the sustainable resolution of global contemporary issues challenging
the textile/apparel/retail complex.
Exploration of the academic research process, encompassing its
conceptualization, design, execution, and dissemination phases.
engage in all phases of original scholarship under the guidance of their
graduate committee and document the results in written form, including
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