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 2016 rankings by Fashion School show we’re No. 1 in the Midwest for fashion merchandising, No. 2 among public schools and colleges, and No. 2 nationally.

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

AESHM Announcements

Event management students evaluate homecoming events

Students in Event 471: Special Events Coordination collaborated with Iowa State University homecoming organizers to evaluate various homecoming events. The evaluations will be presented to homecoming organizers from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at 0198 Parks Library. All are welcome to attend the science-fair style presentation.



Double major AESHM junior Elizabeth Jacoby spotlighted in student profile

Elizabeth (Beth) loves providing positive event experiences for clients. When she isn’t studying she enjoys spending time with friends by taking trips to Target, trying new restaurants, and making trips to the High Trestle Trail Bridge. More>>.



Iowa State takes home 17 awards from the International Textile and Apparel Association conference

AIowa State faculty, students, and alumni took home 17 awards from the International Textile and Apparel Association conference, held Nov. 8 to 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Recipients include: Fatma Baytar, Young-A Lee, Eulanda Sanders, Brianna Plummer, Chanmi Hwang, Ling Zhang, Changhyun Nam, Elena Karpova, Anna Perry, Ja Young Hwang, Kim Hahn, Marsha Dickson, Beth Myers, Diana Sturges, and Rachel Eike. More>>.



AMD associate professors Karpova and Lee receive International Textile and Apparel Association awards

Associate professors in apparel, merchandising, and design Elena Karpova and Young-A Lee, each received the International Textile and Apparel Association's Mid-Career Excellence Award. The award is in recognition in part of their distinguished scholarly and research accomplishments. The professional and educational association is composed of scholars, educators, and students in textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. More>>.



American Hotel and Lodging Association awards scholarships to hospitality management students

Faculty and students from Iowa State's Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management attended Sunday's Iowa Lodging Association Stars of the Industry Awards Reception and Dinner. Students receiving scholarships funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Association include undergraduates Christina Funseth, Morgan Jipp, and Jill Mekalson, and graduate student Jennifer Forney. Hospitality Management Club officers Emma Schwarbach and Justin Jeziorski also attended the event. More>>.



AESHM senior lecturer Brenda Ackerman highlighted by Iowa State for Indigenous Heritage Month

Brenda Ackerman, senior lecturer in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was recently recognized by Office of Multicultural Student Affairs as part of Indigenous Heritage Month. The purpose of the MSA's Multicultural Faculty & Staff Spotlight is to recognize Iowa State University faculty and staff for their significant efforts to support, advocate for and improve the collegiate experience for ISU multicultural students. The recipients have been nominated by students. More>>.



Iowa State Daily features AMD student Abigail Goeser

The Iowa State Daily recently featured apparel, merchandising, and design sophomore Abigail Goeser. The article highlights Goeser's free spirit — as well as her desire to own a sheep farm, and to change the way people think about sustainable fashion. More>>.



AMD associate professors Karpova and Lee receive International Textile and Apparel Association Awards

Associate professors in apparel, merchandising, and design Elena Karpova and Young-A Lee, each received the International Textile and Apparel Association's Mid-Career Excellence Award. The award is in recognition in part of their distinguished scholarly and research accomplishments. The professional and educational association is composed of scholars, educators, and students in textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. More>>.



AESHM wins Iowa State's homecoming door and office decorating contests

Homecoming Central Committee campus involvement co-chairs Billy Marks and Keaton Mohnr informed the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management today that it won Iowa State's door and office decorating contests for homecoming. The design outside 31 MacKay featured red-and-yellow balloons; small, stuffed Cy dolls; the words "The link to the future is YOUR LegaCY;" and the names of key donors, scholarships, funds, and events of the department. The department will receive a plaque to display until next year's homecoming week. More>>.



Iowa State student Sarah Mader, alums Hannah Swanson, Elizabeth Scarpino selected to show collections at Omaha Fashion Week

The three from Iowa State are among 18 designers selected to show their collections at Omaha Fashion Week, Feb. 21-26. Mader is a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design whose collection is inspired by travels to Spain and Morocco. Her resort collection incorporates digital printing and laser cutting techniques. Swanson is an alumna who specializes in bridal and evening wear. Her collection will be a set of jewel-toned dresses perfect for a gala or any other winter holiday event. And Scarpino is an alumna who was born with a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury, causing complete paralysis to her right arm. She will present an evening wear collection called "Single Handedly Liz" that uses a mix of blue, green and gray hues. Iowa State has done well in recent years at Omaha Fashion Week, which aims to nurture the youngest of fashion designers by providing mentoring, educational opportunities, and a professional platform to showcase their work. Kate Bruce won her showcase there last year. And in 2015, Whitney Rorah and Katie Thompson both won awards as top designers for their showcases. More>>.



AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Creating a space where students can be themselves
Carmen Flagge leads the College of Human Sciences' efforts to improve the Iowa State experience by enhancing an environment of diversity and inclusion.
Iowa State top presenter at international textile and apparel conference
Iowa State students and faculty will present the most scholarly activities at the ITAA annual conference for the sixth consecutive year.
New agreement sets up exchange with Taiwan university
Iowa State has a new agreement with Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan that will create new opportunities for apparel, merchandising, and design students at both universities.
Doctoral student takes his Iowa State experience to Scotland
Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State University’s first graduate from its hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design.
Communicating who we are through how we look
Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, merchandising, and design, combines her passion for social justice with a focus on how people dress.
Design piracy a tough case even for fashion police
In her new book, professor Sara Marcketti explains why consumer demand is a driving force of fashion piracy, and why some designers are taking legal action.
Kim applies numbers to the hospitality industry
Jewoo Kim, a new assistant professor in hospitality management, researches financial and strategic issues in the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industry.
Iowa State internships aim to secure employment for youth with disabilities
Four youth with disabilities are this fall gaining hands-on work experience through Project SEARCH internships with the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences.
College of Human Sciences students driven by passion to help others
The College of Human Sciences enrolls 4,915 students this fall, contributing to Iowa State University’s eighth consecutive year of record enrollment with 36,660 students.
Employee happiness key to success in hospitality industry
Wen Chang, an assistant professor in hospitality management at Iowa State University, researches how positive psychology can keep employees happy and improve a company’s performance.
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