We integrate instruction with relevant research on textile fiber and polymer science, merchandising and international trade, consumer behavior, historic and cultural aspects of dress and textiles, design solutions for residential interiors, and global apparel supply chain and organizational dynamics.
The Historic Clothing and Textile Collection is a collection of over 1500 garments, accessories, and textiles.
Our research is conducted at Nanostructured Materials Lab where we focus on the study of “smart” materials.
Our research labs are used by students and faculty for textile and materials testing.
Evidence-based design for residential design solutions informs our curriculum and prepares our students for their careers in design. Aspects of our study:
We study attitudes and intentions of consumers and their behavior in the retail and merchandising environment to positively impact the success of businesses and entrepreneurs.
We study the history of dress adornment, interpret culture and the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance.
Along with collaborators in engineering and chemistry at UGA and materials science at Georgia Tech and Clemson, we have spearheaded research in environmental chemistry, innovative biotechnology applications, product development and recycling of textile by-products to advance the innovation of new products and businesses.