Faculty Attend Fashion and Textile Symposium in Beijing


Thumbnail image for Vidual_Interuprtion_Bye.JPGCollege of Design faculty Elizabeth Bye (Apparel Design), Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising), and Karen LaBat (Apparel Design) joined apparel marketing and design professionals from nine countries at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) and International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Joint Symposium March 25th-30th. 

Johnson was on the planning board for this first collaborative event between the two organizations. She also presented research findings.

“The new, oral format of the symposium allowed design researchers to discuss research that is inherent in the piece,” explained Bye, who presented Visual Interruption (pictured right), using original surface design to guide the form of the dress and exhibited the design (pictured above). Bye also presented a paper co-authored with Marilyn DeLong, Gozde Goncu-Burk, and Juanjuan Wu.

Labat presented a paper and served as a juror for the exhibition and runway show.

All three faculty members attended several China Fashion week events. The Symposium included tracks in sustainability, design, marketing, consumer behavior, history and sociology of dress. This broad spectrum of sessions provided opportunity for scholars to share their work and connect with others who conduct similar scholarship. Nearly 200 scholarship presentations were made, including more than 100 oral papers and 60 designs presentations.