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Displaying Nostalgia: Dresses of the 1950’s and 60’s

If you want to dip your toe into the era of Mad Men and Dreamgirls, head to Gearing Hall for an exhibit of 1950's and 60's ball gowns.

Honoring Visiting Professor Iris Apfel

This year, the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) honored Iris Apfel with the Distinguished Service Award for her mentoring and teaching School of Human Ecology undergraduates. 

Faculty Advice: Find Your Own Style

​When it comes to the fashion world, faculty in the Division of Textiles and Apparel are very aware of how quickly "it" items change. Their advice: find a personal style that doesn't continually pivot as the trends change.  

Published: Activated Carbon Fiber and Textiles

​The Division is pleased to announce that Dr. Jonathan Chen's edited book, Activated Carbon Fiber and Textiles, has been published.  The publisher has outlined a few key features of this book: 

Gender Neutral Clothing

​The lines the mark gender in clothing and fashion are blurring according to Jessica Ciarla, a faculty member in the Division of Textiles and Apparel at The University of Texas at Austin.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Nation’s Largest Student Fashion Show Will Spotlight Latest Runway Designs

EVENT: Elements, The University of Texas at Austin student fashion show, featuring designs from 22 senior students in the University Fashion Group, includes a special collection of sports after-wear modeled by UT Austin athletic luminaries Edith Royal, A.J. Abrams and Quan Cosby, among others. Industry professionals Carla McDonald, Sergio Guadarrama, Lance Avery Morgan, Linda Asaf and Carmel Fenves will award a number of prizes.

New Partnership for Innovations in Fibers, Fabrics

The University of Texas at Austin will participate in a new $317 million partnership to accelerate innovation in high-tech, U.S.-based manufacturing involving fibers and textiles, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced today.

Part of the project focus is using new technology to integrate natural materials and complex functional structures into a fabric’s fibers, creating fiber-based devices and functional fabric systems. Photo credit: Drexel University

Behind-the-Scenes of the UT Fashion Show, Elements


We are all know that what we see on the catwalk is the result of endless hours of inspiration, experimentation and endeavor.  So, what is it really like to prepare for such a major event like a fashion show? 

Development in Textile Defect Detection Wins Walmart Foundation Grant

Bugao Xu, UT Austin professor in the School of Human Ecology, and his research team have developed a detection system for textiles using optical sensors, which garnered the praise and support of the Walmart Foundation, including a $350,000 grant.

Student Wins YMA Fashion Scholarship

Avani Patel and other students with Textiles and Apparel faculty Nancy Prideaux and Sara Stewart Stevens


A student majoring in textiles and apparel at The University of Texas at Austin last night was announced to have won a prestigious national scholarship from a leading international fashion industry group. Avani Patel's innovative design idea, which combines 3D printing and 3D modeling to make custom-fit leather shoes, is one of a handful of concepts from UT Austin textiles and apparel students to have won national awards in recent weeks.

Student Wins First Place Nationally

In November, a University of Texas at Austin student majoring in textiles and apparel won first place in a national design competition run by Cotton Incorporated. Seihak Long's designs earned him the top prize of $2,500 and will be showcased at Cotton Incorporated's World Headquarters.

Faculty Member Honored by Alumni

Image credited to The Alcalde

After only seven years of teaching at UT, Ockhee Bego has been nominated by former students to be one of this year's Texas 10.  The Texas 10 is an exclusive group of faculty honored by alumni each year for their dedication and enthusiasm.

Texas-Sized Fashion Show Puts Innovative Student Designs on Display

Fusion, the University of Texas at Austin student fashion show, features designs from 24 senior students in the University Fashion Group. Industry professionals Carla McDonald, Patty Hoffpauir, Sergio Guadarrama, Lance Avery Morgan, Megan Summerville, Linda Asaf and Gail Chovan will award prizes.

UT Fashion Show Spectrum

The University Fashion Group proudly presents the 2014 UT fashion show, Spectrum. Spectrum, a powerful and all-encompassing word, fits this year's senior design students perfectly. By encompassing each individual's work as a piece of the overall spectrum of collections, all the designs come to together in a fluid, powerful way that displays a new wave of technical and creative design skills.

Student Designers Push Fashion Limits

Watch out, Project Runway! The 2013 Fashion Show, "Transcend," produced by the University Fashion Group, hit the runways Thursday, April 18, at the Frank Erwin Center. The annual event is a showcase for the nearly 120 original garments created by textiles and apparel students nearing completion of the apparel design program. (Watch a teaser of the show, produced by radio-television-film student Andrea Macias. Or check out The Alcalde's slideshow.)

Contour Reviewed by Fashionable Austin

​This week's 2012 Fashion Show, Contour, was pulled together by the University Fashion Group and designing seniors from the University of Texas at Austin's Textiles and Apparel program.

Rare Bird of Fashion—and Academia

At age 90, New York style icon Iris Apfel is perhaps the college's most unusual professor.

Textiles and Apparel Students Showcase Designs at 2011 Fashion Show “Innovation”


Students are using sustainable fabrics and embracing technology, designing digital prints, creating laser-cut patterns and working with textured knits.

Students Showcase Designs at 2010 Fashion Show

Students from the Division of Textiles and Apparel in the School of Human Ecology will debut their original fashion designs at the 2010 Annual Fashion Show entitled "High Voltage."