Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM)

Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, otherwise known as AESHM,  is composed of three majors:

  • Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
  • Event Management
  • Hospitality Management 

Through each of these three programs, students gain skills and knowledge to help them succeed in the real world. In addition to coursework, they complete an internship that closely relates to their career aspirations.

Graduates of these programs are the managers of your favorite resorts, the designers of your best jeans, and the coordinators of lavish events.  From fine dining to fine apparel, our students, alumni, faculty, and staff have an eye for the original and a taste for quality.

Ranked as a top fashion merchandising and design school!

New 2015 rankings by Fashion School show we’re No. 1 in the Midwest for fashion merchandising, No. 3 among public schools and colleges, and No. 3 nationally.

In fashion design, we’re No. 2 in the Midwest, No. 3 among public schools and colleges, and No. 8 nationally.

AESHM Announcements

See photos from this year's Trashion Show

At the third annual Trashion Show last Friday, 67 ISU Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management - AESHM students in Elena Karpova's AESHM 222 class constructed 25 designs made of newspaper, plastic bags, pop cans, water bottles, to-go coffee packaging, and other recyclables. The event has raised $1,781 for clean water projects in Iowa. The event partnered with Serenity Couture Salon and Spa in Ames to celebrate the Earth month and bring awareness to various environmental issues. Photos by Brooke Pavel Photography. More».

Guowen Song and partnership to improve fabric function chronicled in Des Moines Register story

A story in the Des Moines Register highlights Guowen Song's leadership of Iowa State University's research team in apparel design, materials science and engineering, and kinesiology that is working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for the military, emergency responders, and others who face extreme conditions. Song is an associate professor and the Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and Clothing. The story ran in the April 26 issue of the newspaper. More».

Now This publishes video of researcher Young-A Lee's clothing made out of Kambucha tea byproduct

Young-A Lee, an associate professor in apparel, merchandising, and design, makes sustainable clothing made of tea by product that looks like leather. More».

Alex Peters, an apparel, merchandising, and design major spotlighted in student profile

Alex Peters hopes to become a fashion designer. More».

Apparel, merchandising and design alum Peggy Wang wins People's Choice Award at Red Dress Exhibit

Six apparel, merchandising, and design students on Friday featured their work in the Red Dress Exhibit at the Go Red For Women - American Heart Association luncheon, held at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center. The event aimed to call attention to heart disease and prevention in women. Peggy Wang, a 2015 alumna, won the People's Choice Award and a $100 scholarship for her entry (third from left). The other dresses were designed by students Lea Dochterman, Emily Clark, Allisa Kliewer, Jaimie Towle, and Allison Kirstukas. More».

Apparel, merchandising, and design faculty and alum receive Outstanding Paper Award

The article “Exploring Apparel Purchase Issues with Plus-size Female Teens” was named Outstanding Paper by the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management's editorial team as part of the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The article was co-authored by Laurel Romeo, a Ph.D graduate from apparel, merchandising, and design, and her major professor, Young-A Lee. To increase dissemination of this high quality article, the journal has made it available for free for one year, and it will be made the journal’s sample article. More»

Fashion Show featured by Iowa State Daily, Ames Tribune

The 34th annual Fashion Show at Iowa State University was featured Monday on the front page of the Iowa State Daily. An article published April 7 in the Ames Tribune also gave readers a preview of the show. More».

Creative design students present fashions at Reiman Gardens

 Nineteen apparel, merchandising, and design students in Ellen McKinney's AMD 426 creative design class on Thursday, April 14 shared fashions made of refuse from Reiman Gardens — cocoons, butterfly wings, and more. More».

Eric Brown elected director of membership for international hospitality association

 Brown, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was recently elected as director of membership for the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), a professional association for the hospitality and tourism industry. Brown, who takes office July 21, currently serves as Central Federation president. More».

Iowa Prison Industries teams up with Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program for fourth year

The two programs have collaborated on a class project to design a garment for offenders. Under Brenda Ackerman’s leadership, 21 students in AMD 431 Apparel Engineering have been working to redesign the denim jackets worn by Iowa offenders. Brenda’s previous classes have designed denim jeans, laboratory coats, and pediatric hospital gowns for Iowa Prison Industries. The students will present their designs and production methods from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 26 in the I-Building at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. Prizes will be awarded by a three-judge panel. For the first time, there will be a “People’s Choice Award” as well. More».

AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Clothing made from tea byproduct could improve health of fashion industry
Associate professor Young-A Lee and her team of Iowa State researchers have developed a new clothing fiber that's 100 percent biodegradable.
College of Human Sciences scholarships support students at unpaid internships
Scholarships through the College of Human Sciences ease the financial burden on students interning with organizations unable to provide compensation.
College of Human Sciences graduating seniors to be recognized at ceremonies
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of more than graduating students in a series of events on May 6 and 7.
Establishing an iconic coffeehouse
Students studying entrepreneurship in human sciences reached out to coffeehouses nationwide on what makes an iconic coffeehouse. See what they learned at this year's Entrepreneurship Showcase.
Students share stories of being military kids as Iowa State prepares to honor them
This Friday national Purple Up! for Military Kids day will recognize the sacrifices military youth make while their parents serve. April is the Month of the Military Child.
Event Management Club hopes to inspire students through first Collegiately Creative Conference
The Event Management Club will connect Iowa State students with entrepreneurs to inspire and motivate students' creative entrepreneurship.
Collection featuring office supplies wins top prize at Iowa State’s fashion show
Kate Bruce’s collection featuring the beauty of office supplies won Best in Show at The Fashion Show 2016. Bruce was also one of two producers of the show.
Apparel program infuses fashion with STEM
Faculty and students in Iowa State's apparel, merchandising, and design program want to demonstrate to consumers how fashion uses STEM concepts to solve real-world problems.
Iowa State a partner in new textile manufacturing institute
Iowa State University is part of a new $317 million public-private partnership working to improve the design and function of protective clothing for military, emergency responders, and other professionals.
Fashion Week touts more industry involvement
Iowa State’s apparel, merchandising, and design program will demonstrate its increasing partnership with industry during Fashion Week, which aims to generate excitement for the big show.