College of Family and Consumer Sciences
PhD Student & Graduate Teaching Assistant
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|BA||Visual Arts||State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College||June 2017|
My qualitative research explores age, gender, and creative labor. I am interested in the socio-cultural aspects of the NYC fashion and textiles industry, the complexity of working and ageing in its youth-centric, visual culture, and the significance of intergenerational teams in the workplace. I also focus on the appearance management strategies, consumption needs, and workplace practices of professional women over age 50 who hold creative positions in the industry.
University of Georgia (UGA) 2018-2019:
UGA Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors:
TXMI 2010: Creativity and the Design Process: Spring 2019 (Instructor of record)
TXMI 2350: Design Fundamentals for Interiors: Fall 2018 (Instructor of record)
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, NY, 2006-2012:
FIT Textile Development and Marketing:
TS111: Fundamentals of Textiles
FIT Textile/ Surface Design
TD237: Experimental Wovens
TD331: Woven Design
UGA Graduate Teaching Assistant: 2017- present
UGA: FACS 2000E: Fall 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2019
UGA: TXMI 3530E Apparel Quality Analysis: Summer 2020
UGA: TXMI 4260 Global Sourcing & Logistics of Textile Products & Apparel: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
UGA: TXMI 4250 Survey of Apparel & Soft Goods Manufacturing: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Georgia Research Alliance (GRA): EcoaTEX-Eco-Friendly Textile Coatings; Senior Personnel||GRA||2020|
|National Science Foundation Innovation Corps: Sustainable Functional Nanocellulose Hydrogels; Industry Mentor||NSF I-corps||2019|
|Costa Fund Travel Award||Dean||2019|
|Jan M. Hathcote Social Science Support Fund||Dean||2018|
|Cotton Incorporated Textile Designer Award: 2000, 1997, 1992, 1990: multiple winner for denim and woven apparel textiles||Cotton Inc.||2000|
|Costume Society of America||member||Current|
|American Alliance of Museums||member||Current|
|International Textile and Apparel Association||member||Current|
|Textile Society of America||member||Current|
|American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists||member||Current|
|UGA Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee||Graduate student representative||Current|
|UGA Graduate Student Seminar Committee||2019|
October 2018: NYC to ATH Fashion DIY Event. Created, curated and co-directed the FACS inaugural “NYC to ATH Fashion DIY Event” as part of the FACS Week celebrations for their centennial. Students participated in a series of seminars and workshops related to fashion, interiors, embellishment, trends, denim finishing, fabric dyeing processes and career experience. These events provided a unique opportunity for students to network with industry professionals and experience how artisanal aspects of the industry are still being used today. https://www2.fcs.uga.edu/news/story/do-it-yourself-workshops-a-hit-with-fashion-students
Katalin Medvedev, PhD, advisor
Patricia Hunt-Hurst, PhD
Lilia Gomez-Lanier, PhD
Toni Miles, MD, PhD
Areas of Expertise
Textile design (woven and printed); product development; sustainability; denim; color and trend forecasting; fiber to finished product; global sourcing and manufacturing; wet/dry garment processing and finishing; soft home/soft flooring product design, sourcing and development; global retail markets; brand management and development; retail/ visual merchandising (online and brick and mortar); NYC fashion industry; mentoring; grant writing; higher education instruction; online teaching and learning
I am an industry design professional and educator with over 35 years of experience in the NYC and global textile, fashion, apparel, and interiors industries. My experience encompasses the design and development process throughout the entire supply chain from fiber to finished products. I have worked for and with global textile manufacturers, and well-known apparel and soft furnishings brands.
Global Change Award 2020/ H&M Foundation: EcoaTEX: finalist of top 20 from 5893 entries coming from 175 countries. Core Team Member: Sustainable nanocellulose-based textile dyeing and finishing.
- Age, gender, and creative labor in the fashion and textile industry.
- Biographical narratives of fashion design and product development workers, aged 55 to 74, to investigate why age matters and how age has affected their careers for the last four decades. It examines how exogenous factors such as technology, globalization, global health crises, economic and historical events, and endogenous factors, such as changes in positions, wages, additional training, and work-life balance, influenced their careers.
- Exploring the multiple layers of a subcultural group, The Shepherds of NY, and their everyday performative dress, the research scrutinizes the relationships between the creator, the wearer, and the viewers’ sartorial perspectives. In the shifting world where art and fashion intersect, the research examines how the lines between art and fashion blur.
- NYC fashion industry history that explores the last four decades of change through technology, globalization, economic and historical events, and global health crises.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (in press 2021). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age fifty in the fashion industry. Fashion Practice.
Juried Research Presentations
McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2019). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age 50 in the fashion industry. Paper at the Fashion and Active Aging Symposium. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.
“Biographical Narratives of Members of the Creative Labour Force over Age 55 in the NYC Fashion Industry,” (in review) International Journal of Fashion Studies, 2021.
"Every Day Performative Dress: The Shepherds of New York." To be presented at Fashion And ... Symposium Series, Spring 2021. Originally to be held September 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19.
"The Effects of Historic Events on Creative Professionals over Age Fifty Who Work in the NYC Fashion Industry." To be presented at the Costume Society of America's (CSA) 46th annual symposium, Made in NY, June 2020. Canceled due to COVID-19. Abstract scored in the top 5% of those submitted for consideration of the The Betty Kirke Excellence in Research Award which recognizes exceptional scholarship.