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Anne McInnis

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant & Instructor

312A Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. (Forthcoming) Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences (International Merchandising Emphasis) University of Georgia Expected: 2022
B.A. Visual Art State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College June 2017


My qualitative research explores age, gender, and creative labor in the fashion industry workforce. I examine the sociocultural and socioeconomic aspects of the NYC fashion and textiles industry, the complexity of working and ageing in its youth-centric, visual culture, and intergenerational collaboration in the workplace.



University of Georgia (UGA) 2018- present:

UGA Family and Consumer Sciences:

FACS 2000E: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences: Spring 2021

UGA Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors:

TXMI 2010: Creativity and the Design Process: Spring 2019 

TXMI 2350: Design Fundamentals for Interiors: Fall 2018 

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

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Ralph Lauren Director of Fabric Operations: Home 2013-2014
12: modern antiquities Proprietress 2010-2013
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia AVP Design Director: Textiles 2007-2010
Fashion Institute of Technology Part-Time Faculty 2006-2012
Product Development and Design Consultant 2006-present
The Robert Allen Group Director of Design 2005-2006
ACG Denim/ Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) Director of Product Development and Design 1998-2001


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Georgia Research Alliance (GRA): EcoaTEX-Eco-Friendly Textile Coatings; Senior Personnel GRA 2020
Leila Alberta Ritchie Mize Endowment Dean 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


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
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. https://www2.fcs.uga.edu/news/story/do-it-yourself-workshops-a-hit-with-fashion-students

Advisory Committee

Katalin Medvedev, PhD, advisor

Patricia Hunt-Hurst, PhD

Lilia Gomez-Lanier, PhD

Toni Miles, MD, PhD

Areas of Expertise

Textile design (woven and printed); denim; product development; sustainability; color and trend forecasting; fiber to finished product; NYC fashion and textiles industry; global sourcing and manufacturing; wet/dry garment processing and finishing; soft home/soft flooring product design; global retail markets; brand management and development; retail/ visual merchandising (online and brick and mortar); 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 with global textile manufacturers, 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. 


Current Research

  • Age, gender, experience, and creative labor in the fashion and textile industry.
  • NYC fashion industry history that explores the last four decades of change through technology, globalization, economic and historical events, and global health crises. 
  • Appearance management strategies, consumption needs, and workplace practices of creative professionals over age 50 who work in the textile and fashion industry. 

Journal Articles

Peer-reviewed journal articles

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (accepted 2021). Age, experience, and creative labour: Narratives of creative professionals over age 55 in the New York fashion industry. International Journal of Fashion Studies. 

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age fifty in the fashion industry. Fashion Practice, (13)1, 25-47.


Juried  Research Presentations

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (October 2021). Old school–new school: Balancing Puer and Senex archetypal characteristics fosters productive intergenerational teams in the fashion industry. Responsible Fashion Series, University of Antwerp, Begium. 

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2020). Everyday performative dress: The shepherds of New York. Fashion, Freaks and Monsters Symposium, University of Hawaii. (Tentatively rescheduled for 2021 because of COVID-19).

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2020). The effects of historic events on creative professionals over age fifty who work in the NYC fashion industry. Canceled indefinitely because of COVID-19. Costume Society of America (CSA). Best 5% of abstracts selection for Betty Kirke Excellence in Research Award.

Hunt-Hurst, P., McInnis, A. & Seock, Y. (2020). Developing a fashion and sustainability class for freshmen. 2020 Proceedings of International Home Economics Federation. Canceled due to COVID-19. 

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. 

Working Papers

"Old school–New school: Balancing Puer and Senex Archetypal Characteristics Fosters Productive Intergenerational Teams in the Fashion Industry." A qualitative study that challenges the (mis)perceptions of age to analyze the potential of closer collaboration across generations in the New York fashion industry. The study explores the social and economic benefits of creative multigenerational teams in a context where multiple generations may co-exist in the workplace. Presenting at the Responsible Fashion Series, University of Antwerp, Belgium, October 2021.                                                                                         https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/responsible-fashion/

"Every Day Performative Dress: The Shepherds of New York." 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. To be presented at Fashion And ... Symposium Series, Fashion, Freaks and Monsters Symposium, University of Hawaii. Originally scheduled to present September 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19.

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