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Alumni Interview: Brandi Russell

Brandi Russell is a TXA alum now working at Citizens of Humanity in New York City. What opportunities lead you to your current job at Citizens of Humanity? I first started at Citizens of Humanity as a general showroom intern the summer before my senior year! I was determined to intern somewhere in the city that summer and I applied to over 40 ...
Upcoming Events With Dr. Chen

Upcoming Events With Dr. Chen

Dr. Chen has been working in the areas of engineering and textile science for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in the production and structure of renewable and polymeric fibers.He will be giving two upcoming speeches on his work and research in fibers and new technologies: 1. Lecture, "Green Fibers for Sustainable and Functional Material ...
Alumni Feature: Max La

Alumni Feature: Max La

Max La is a 2016 UT graduate from the Division of Textiles and Apparel. During his college years, Max interned for Marc Jacobs in New York City. After graduation, Max obtained a position as an Associate Planner at Jack Black. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas."As an Associate Planner for Jack Black, I oversee the financial analysis of our three...
Constructing Fashion with Old Clothing

Constructing Fashion with Old Clothing

A new exhibit in Gearing Hall showcases a fresh, sustainable take on fashion that started with an unusual choice: undergraduate fashion design students pick material from a pile of discarded garments. The result is innovative and thought-provoking display of ten activewear designs, including beautifully tailored cream shorts, a multihued shirt cons...
YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund: A Look at Katherine Kykta's ExperienceThe Youth Mentoring Association Fashion Scholarship Fund (YMA FSF) strives "to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business..." (YMA FSF) through a case study based c...
Cotton Works UT Ambassador-Javier Uriegas

Cotton Works UT Ambassador-Javier Uriegas

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.Cotton Works, formerly known as Cotton University, is a website cr...
TXA Student Cambry Prichard Interns for Kick Pleat

TXA Student Cambry Prichard Interns for Kick Pleat

Senior designer and merchandising student Cambry Prichard is well known for working outside of her comfort zone. Prichard came to the University of Texas assuming she would only complete her degree in fashion merchandising, but soon realized she also had a passion for design. As a junior in college she decided to pursue her love for fashion design ...
UT Alumna Greenley Littlejohn at Guess

UT Alumna Greenley Littlejohn at Guess

UT Alumna Greenley Littlejohn graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in textiles and apparel. She moved out to Los Angeles with a dream of learning about different jobs in the merchandising field of textiles and apparel hoping that she would find the perfect fit for her. She had the pleasure of interning for Eckhaus Latta in downtown ...
Futuristic Fabric

Futuristic Fabric

Thanks to new technology under development in Gearing Hall by Jonathan Chen, professor of textiles and apparel, it may soon be possible to charge medical equipment from a tent or plug your cell phone into your backpack. Chen recently patented a supercapacitor (i.e., a power-storing device that acts as an alternative to a rechargeable battery) constructed from fabric.

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.