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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.

Graduate Immersed in NYC Fashion World

Textiles and Apparel (TXA) graduates are doing amazing things! We sat down with recent  TXA graduate (class of 2016) Denise Chavez to talk about her current position at URBN, living in New York and how the TXA program helped her get there. 

Polishing Fashion Savvy Through Handbags

Kelly Wynne photoshoot by Ashley Sereno


Nordstrom, Vera Wang, In Style, Michael Kors:  all Textiles and Apparel students at UT Austin complement their classroom learning with internships in department stores, design studios and other institutions. Internships and other forms of experiential learning are historic parts of all programs associated with the School of Human Ecology.

Clothing Speaks Volumes: Faculty Opinion


We all know that the clothes we wear speak to everyone around us. Jessica Ciarla, faculty member in the Division of Textiles and Apparel, tackles the concept of fashion and functionality in a piece in the Dallas Morning News.

Five UT Students Win YMA Fashion Scholarships

Five UT students win YMA scholarships


YMA fashion scholarship awards—which have been bestowed on the brightest new talent in the fashion industry for the last 80 years—were given to five textiles and apparel undergraduates at a gala in New York City earlier this month.

Students Draw from Airplanes to Crinoles to Create Fashion

Senior design student Elexis Spencer presents her white bridal pant look inspired by the hip hop culture

Ameila Earhart's plane, Korean bridal-wear, vintage undergarments, hop hop trends: undergraduate fashion and design students found inspiration for their signature evening gowns from many sources.

Comparing Notes While at UT in NYC

UT in NYC 2016 hits the red carpet with Iris Apfel at the 38th American Image Awards


Since UT in NYC 2017 is just around the corner, let's teleport back to a conversation between seniors Lindsay Smith and Annabelle Line that took place last Spring in New York City. Lindsay and Annabelle spent days crisscrossing Manhattan for the ultimate class on the fashion industry.

Guided by Iris Apfel, they entered the boardrooms, workrooms, showrooms and curatorial spaces to learn from fashion icons and, ultimately, discover their potential.

Opening Windows on the Drag

Undergraduates adding detail to the University Co-op window displays on Guadalupe Street

Pedestrians sauntering down the Drag now have an inviting peek into the University Co-op thanks to the work of retail merchandising undergraduates from the Division of Textiles and Apparel. Previously shuttered, the store windows now open onto Guadalupe Street, framing a display that includes photos of Austin's campus culture.

In the News: Creative Kints Developed by Faculty


The October issue of Metropolis Magazine features the geometric, dimensional knits of Luisa Gil Fandiño, faculty member in Textiles and Apparel.