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 2017 rankings by Fashion School show we’re No. 3 in the Midwest for fashion merchandising, No. 5 among public schools and colleges, and No. 5 nationally.

In fashion design, we’re No. 3 in the Midwest, No. 4 among public schools and colleges, and No. 9 nationally.

AESHM Announcements

Alumni Tirzah Beam, Liz Scarpino featured for 10th anniversary of Omaha Fashion Week:
Designs by Tirzah Beam and Liz Scarpino, both 2015 Iowa State graduates in apparel, merchandising, and design, were featured in designer profiles July 18 and Aug. 3 by Omaha Fashion Week as the show plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Aug. 21 to 26. Several Iowa State designers have over the years showcased their work and captured top honors at Omaha Fashion Week, the nation's fifth-largest fashion event. More».

Iowa State Fair features Fashion Show winning garments:
Iowa State University's main exhibit at this year's Iowa State Fair, being held Aug. 10 to 20, will highlight how donor support has created special opportunities for students. Displays will include several award-winning garments created for The Fashion Show, one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation. More».

Alum Liz Scarpino highlighted by Omaha Fashion Week
Liz Scarpino, a 2015 Iowa State graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design, was highlighted this week by Omaha Fashion Week as she prepares for her SS18 collection to be debuted at Omaha Fashion Week's 10th anniversary show on Monday, Aug. 21. The collection was inspired by the silhouette and styling trends from the 1970s and '90s, like bell-bottomed jeans, culottes, and patchwork denim. Scarpino was born with a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury, causing complete paralysis to her right arm. Her women's wear brand is called "Single Handedly Liz." She last presented her work at Omaha Fashion Week in February. More».

Iowa State to give 19 presentations at international hospitality conference:
Iowa State will give 19 oral and poster presentations at next week's International CHRIE conference, July 26-28 in Baltimore, Maryland. Iowa State is consistently a top presenter at this international hospitality conference. Eric A. Brown is the association's director of membership, while Thomas Schrier is president of the I-CHRIE Central Federation. This year's presentations include former Iowa State doctoral student Joel Reynolds and associate professor Lakshman Rajagopal presenting research about food safety in childcare. More».

New York Times features Iowa State alumnus Todd Snyder during New York Men's Fashion Week:

The New York Times on July 12 featured Iowa State alumnus Todd Snyder in relation to his July 10 fashion show as part of New York Men's Fashion Week. Snyder, who graduated in apparel, merchandising, and design in 1992, is one of Iowa State's most celebrated and well-known menswear fashion designers. He opened a flagship store in New York City last year. The New York Times article says that his spring 2018 collection "may be his best to date." More».



Iowa State alumna Katelyn Cheek named one of Top 10 Social Media Influencers to follow:

Katelyn (Herlein) Cheek, a 2012 graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design, was named one of the Top 10 Social Media Influencers to follow by Hope for Women magazine. Cheek writes the blog Katalina Girl, which she calls the "Midwest source of inspiration for the dollar-conscious girl." More».



Eulanda Sanders receives Iowa State's Marvin A. Pomerantz Award

Eulanda Sanders has been named the recipient of Iowa State University's Marvin A. Pomerantz Award for professors who exemplify outstanding service in teaching, research, and/or outreach. Sanders is the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the new chair of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. She will receive a $3,500 award to support scholarly activities. More».



Kelly Reddy-Best named National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar:

Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool. As an NEH Summer Scholar, Reddy-Best is at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City attending a four-week seminar called, "American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York." Reddy-Best is among 537 NEH Summer Scholars participating in seminars and institutes this summer. These faculty members will go on to teach more than 93,975 students in the upcoming academic year.More».



Iowa State Daily features Eulanda Sanders as new AESHM department chair:

The Iowa State Daily featured the change in leadership of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. Eulanda Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, succeeded Robert Bosselman as department chair, effective July 1. More».



AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Interdisciplinary team enhances protective clothing design
Interdisciplinary research in the College of Human Sciences is improving the safety of those who wear protective clothing.
More human sciences faculty engage in extension and outreach
Three new projects from Iowa State University will bring human sciences research to Black Hawk, Polk, and Jefferson counties.
Look inside your own pantry or fridge to find the top culprit of food waste
Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. Iowa State University experts have tips for reducing waste.
Summer internships provide springboard to careers
At least 345 College of Human Sciences students secured internships this summer in Iowa and across the globe.
International designers to lead weeklong workshop at Iowa State
Digital printing experts Heather and Hitoshi Ujiie will lead a weeklong fashion and textile design workshop at Iowa State.
Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements
Building renovations provide College of Human Sciences researchers with the space and equipment crucial to their research.
Students to showcase jacket with solar panels that charge electronics
Apparel and engineering students will showcase a jacket that uses solar energy to charge electronic devices at the National Sustainable Design Expo.
Apparel and engineering students partner to develop wearable electronics
Apparel, merchandising, and design students partnered with engineering students to develop wearable electronics.
Londonfest takes best of show at Entrepreneurship Showcase
Iowa State students who planned the first-ever Londonfest in Ames captured top honors at this year’s Entrepreneurship Showcase.
College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at spring convocation
The College of Human Sciences will recognize nearly 450 graduating students on May 5 and 6.
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