Category Archives: Apparel Design

Apparel Students Design for Outer Space with Their Feet on the Ground

Last month, Lucy Dunne‘s (Apparel) junior year studio traveled to NASA headquarters to present their latest designs: a multi-layer e-textile circuit sensor garment, mechanical counter pressure gloves, a vacuum test chamber emergency rescue technician suit, a wireless wearable audio harness, and wearable haptics to direct arm movement. This was Dunne’s fourth class to participate in the NASA Wearable Technology Symposium, […]

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[VIDEO] Apparel Design Students Prepare to Fly with NASA

This spring semester, five apparel design seniors are not only preparing to launch their careers, they are also launching into space. Karen Fiegen joined by Kira Erickson, Mary Ellen Berglund, Jordyn Reich, and Crystal Compton, are 11 weeks away from taking their materials research into zero gravity for testing at NASA headquarters in Houston, TX at the end of May. PHOTOS: Apparel Students Heading to Microgravity UNEWS: Design Students Reach for the Stars (Minnesota Daily)NEWS: Apparel Team Tackles Moisture Management Challenge (NASA)Selected as 1 of 18 projects to participate in NASA’s highly competitive Microgravity U, the University of Minnesota team is the first all-female, apparel team to participate in the program. Microgravity U is an academic opportunity for undergraduate teams…

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Susan Watkins Receives Honorary Degree

Honorary degree recipient Susan Watkins was honored during the University of Minnesota College of Design commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Watkins is a teacher, designer, researcher, and author, as well as a mentor to a generation of students in the field of functional apparel design. She attended Pennsylvania State University and earned her B.S. in 1965 in consumer services in business, a program geared toward fashion merchandising. She continued in graduate school studying textiles and clothing at the same institution and earned her M.S. in 1967. PHOTO: 2014 Commencement Photos As a college student Watkins, though interested in clothing design, was searching for meaning in the design process beyond the apparent frivolity of fashion design. No programs…

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