College of Family and Consumer Sciences
PhD Candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant | Dodd Interdisciplinary Fellow
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|Ph.D. (Forthcoming)||Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences (International Merchandising Emphasis)||University of Georgia||2023|
|B.A.||Fine 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 New York 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): Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors (TXMI) and Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) 2018- present:
- TXMI 3210: Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising: Fall 2021
- FACS 2000E: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences: Spring 2021
- 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: Textile/ Surface Design and Textile Development and Marketing 2006-2012:
- TD237: Experimental Wovens
- TD331: Woven Design
- TS111: Fundamentals of Textiles
UGA GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT: 2017- present
- TXMI 3210E: Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising: Summer 2021
- FACS 2000E: Fall 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2019
- TXMI 3530E Apparel Quality Analysis: Summer 2020
- TXMI 4260 Global Sourcing & Logistics of Textile Products & Apparel: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
- 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||Partner & Managing Director||2010-2013|
|Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia||AVP Design Director: Textiles||2007-2010|
|Fashion Institute of Technology||Part-Time Faculty||2006-2012|
|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|
|Graduate Research Award||Willson Center for Humanities and Art||2022|
|Cade Prize 2021: EcoaTEX: Sustainable Textile Coating, Dyeing, and Finishing: Marketing and Business Development Lead||Cade Museum, Gainesville, FL||2021|
|Dodd Interdisciplinary Fellow||Lamar Dodd School of Art/ UGA||2021-2023|
|Georgia Research Alliance (GRA): EcoaTEX-Eco-Friendly Textile Coatings; Marketing and Business Development Lead||GRA||2021|
|FACS Fund for Excellence||Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Dean/ UGA||2021|
|Georgia Research Alliance (GRA): EcoaTEX-Eco-Friendly Textile Coatings; Marketing and Business Development Lead||GRA||2020|
|Leila Alberta Ritchie Mize Endowment||Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Dean/ UGA||2020|
|National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps: Sustainable Functional Nanocellulose Hydrogels; Industry Mentor||NSF I-corps||2019|
|UGA Career Advocate for Students||UGA Career Center||2019|
|Jan M. Hathcote Social Science Support Fund||Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Dean/ UGA||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|
|International Federation for Home Economics||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
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 in fashion and the built environment; color and trend forecasting; fiber to finished product; New York fashion and textile industry; supply chain; global textile sourcing and manufacturing; wet/dry garment processing and finishing; soft home/soft flooring product design and development; 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
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.
- Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion: UGA Summer 2021
- Certificate in Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building: Parsons School of Design/ The New School’s College of Continuing & Professional Education Summer 2021
- Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research: UGA (forthcoming)
- Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in University Teaching: UGA (forthcoming)
- Fashion Sustainability Certificate: Parsons School of Design/ The New School’s College of Continuing & Professional Education (forthcoming)
- Age, collaboration, and intergenerational 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.
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Age, experience, and creative labour: Narratives of creative professionals over age 55 in the New York fashion industry. International Journal of Fashion Studies, 8(2), 281-298.
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., & Worthy, S. (2022). Incorporating a sustainability module into the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) 2000 foundation course. Accepted abstract. Full paper to be presented at the International Federation for Home Economics XXIV World Congress, September 4–10, 2022.
McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Old school–new school: Balancing Puer and Senex archetypal characteristics fosters productive intergenerational teams in the fashion industry. Paper at the Responsible Fashion Series, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2020). Everyday performative dress: The shepherds of New York. Fashion, Freaks and Monsters Symposium, University of Hawaii. (Rescheduled for 2022 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.
"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.