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Faculty on Sustainability


Last May, Peggy Blum attended the Copenhagen Fashion Summit where she was selected to deliver a micropresentation on sustainability in learning and teaching at the Educator's Summit. Her presentation focused on a curriculum-based project for TXA 361, the consumer behavior class focusing on community engagement and fashion sustainability.

Picking Up Clothes for Lady Gaga


Apparel Design Program students and alumni take on internships in the summer, and Phoebe Hambright is no exception. Hambright recently graduated from UT Austin, and her designs were included in the spring fashion show, Synthesis. She also cycled 4,000 miles a few summers ago to raise money as part of Texas 4000. This summer, she is working for Brandon Maxwell where—yes—she's had some interesting errands to run.

UT Design Undergrad Interns in the Industry


When UT Austin undergraduates intern as design students under the guidance of faculty member Eve Nicols, they tend to go far.  Becky Phung is working this summer with The Greg Norman Collection in New York City. Let's check in to see what she learned:

Recent Alumni Lands Retail Position in Dallas


Lindsay Smith recently graduated from the Retail Merchandising and Consumer Sciences Program and is currently working at Forty Five Ten in Dallas as a Retail Coordinator for Women's Ready-to-Wear. 

The Wide-Open Classroom of NYC


Some undergraduates go the extra mile, and Tré (Miles) is one of them. He is spending the summer as a wholesale intern for Creatures of Comfort, a clothing store in New York City. This is in addition to his degree-required internship, which will be with Michael Kors this Fall.

A Summer Staple: Internships and Experiential Learning!

We caught up with undergraduate Katherine Kykta who is working towards a degree in Merchandising and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Business and Digital Arts and Media.  She expects to graduate in Spring 2018 and has a summer internship as a Men's Wholesale Merchandising Intern at Nautica. She secured this summer internship through the Fashion Scholarship Fund, an internship that is in addition to the one she will complete next spring as part of her degree.

Meet the Students Headed to Iris Apfel's New York City


This is the seventh summer for UT in NYC, a highly successful and innovative class for upper-division Textiles and Apparel students. UT in NYC is the ultimate entree into the fashion world: crisscrossing Manhattan and guided by the iconic Iris Apfel, students learn from the fashion leaders as they visit their boardrooms, workrooms, showrooms and curatorial spaces.

Commencement Speaker Helps Shape Young Minds Through Sesame Street


Before Elmo and Cookie Monster come alive on the small screen, childhood experts like Jennifer Kotler Clarke, Vice President of Content Research & Evaluation at Sesame Workshop, conduct experiments and review data to ensure these and other Sesame Street Muppets have the intended impact on children, parents and educators all over the world.

A Stone's Throw Away: Real World Experience

Undergraduates Jackie Bruni and Annabelle Line spent their last semester at The University of Texas at Austin as interns at The University Co-Op doing visual merchandising and buying, respectively. This was a very successful partnering; the Co-Op recently responded to an Instagram post by the Division of Textiles and Apparel: "We definitely miss Jackie and Annabelle! They were an awesome addition to our team!"

Learning by Experience with Photo Shoot for International Company


The Division of Textiles and Apparel has developed a strong internship program over the last 30 years, and, here, undergraduate Allie Chicoine reveals what she learned when dropped into a photo shoot in Austin. 


Checking in with 5 Merchandising Interns

Students interested in internships in Gearing Hall

Every year, students in the Merchandising and Consumer Sciences Program immerse themselves in a variety of fashion and retail businesses to learn beyond the classroom. These internships are required for their degree at The University of Texas at Austin.

Fashion Show 2017 Recap: Synthesis Awards

Graduating senior and winner of Best Collection 2017, Veronica Lozano. Image: Vivian Abagiu


After gowns, sportswear and collections had their moment on the catwalk during the UT Fashion Show Synthesis, apparel design students received awards in a number of categories. The awards are named after Dr. Ardis Rewerts, founder of the Apparel Design Program at UT.

Women's Work Wear Through the 20th Century


The Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin presents their third exhibit of the year.

Where are they 3 years after graduation?


At Ralph Lauren in New York City!

What does synthesis mean in fashion?


Synthesis—the theme of this year's fashion show—illustrates how the innovative designs and diverse talents of 22 students are woven into a cohesive unit that reflects relationships formed over time in Gearing Hall. This year's synthesis of fabric, effort and ideas debuts on April 19th at the Frank Erwin Center.

Interning with Open Arms


Kristina Kieu, TXA Fashion Merchandising student, recently interned as a Production Assistant with Open Arms, a small contract manufacturing company based in Austin.

The Joy of Creating Your Own Little Black Dress

A group photo from 2014, courtesy of Ockhee Bego

Have you ever dreamed of unleashing your inner Vera Wang? Learn to with the summer workshop, My Little Black Dresses, where you can create the garment you have always wanted—but can't find in stores.

Texas-Sized Student Fashion Show “Synthesis” Debuts Soon

Korean-inspired wedding dresses, camouflage leisure wear cut for women, ballerina dresses highlighted with programmable lights: this year's fashion show, Synthesis, builds on the designs of 22 textiles and apparel seniors from the University of Texas at Austin. The annual show, organized by the University Fashion Group, is the nation's largest fashion show at a university, attracting over 5,000 Texans to campus to see the collections, active wear, bridal gowns, and evening wear.

Ephemeral Fashion in Paris: Gail Chovan


We sat down with TXA Design Lecturer Gail Chovan to discuss her recent collection, DEFIANCE, that will be launched in Paris this week at the Galerie Virginie Louvet. Her current collection DEFIANCE is non-traditional in that it highlights seven pieces made from a 1930's movie banner. The pieces will be displayed as an installation in a gallery rather than walked down the runway.

Wild Party Wear


On entering the new exhibit in Gearing Hall, you feel like you are dropping by a party from the latter part of the 20th century. Wacky and Wild Wardrobe was created by students from the Division of Textiles and Apparel working under the direction of Gail Chovan.