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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

AMD alumna Elizabeth "Liz" Scarpino selected for Omaha Fashion Week's 10th anniversary show

Iowa State alumna Elizabeth "Liz" Scarpino has been selected to showcase her designs in Omaha Fashion Week's 10th anniversary show, Aug. 21 to 26. Scarpino is a 2015 Iowa State graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design who was born with a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury, causing complete paralysis to her right arm. She will on Monday, Aug. 21 present a collection of her work, which she calls "Single Handedly Liz." She last presented her work at Omaha Fashion Week in February. More>>.

Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Briefing highlights paper by Ellen McKinney

Ellen McKinney, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was mentioned in the The Chronical of Higher Education's Daily Briefing, highlighting the paper she wrote last year that was published in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. Her paper discusses an analysis of the success of online formal wear rental websites. The Chronicle of Higher Education is the premier news journal for people who lead and study colleges and universitiese. More>>.

Attend the fourth annual Trashion Show on April 21

The Trashion Show is a fashion show consisting of garments made from 100 percent recycled materials. In its fourth year, the Trashion Show is put on by students enrolled in AESHM 222 Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, and aims to bring awareness to environmental issues such as access to clean water, packaging waste, the greenhouse effect, littering on campus, and more. General admission tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be donated to the Audubon Society, an organization that works to preserve Iowa's waterways. Tickets may be purchased at any time before the show at Serenity Couture Salon at North Grand Mall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:05 p.m.

For more information, contact Elena Karpova in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-9266 or

Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management students participate in Go Red for Women

Several students from the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management assisted with the American Heart Association's Red Dress Exhibit on April 13. This exhibit was part of the Story County Go Red for Women event, which aims to raise awareness about heart health, and ways to predict and prevent heart disease and stroke. More>>.

WHO-TV features student producers and student designer in article highlighting The Fashion Show 2017

WHO-TV highlighted Iowa State University's The Fashion Show 2017 in a recently published article, featuring Hannah Nation and Alexandra Johnson, two of The Fashion Show's producers, and Jojo Montijo, a student designer. Montijo, a junior in apparel, merchandising, and design, showcased her Curves with Confidence collection at this year's show, which was inspired by her desire to see more plus-size clothing and diversity in fashion design. More>>.

Iowa State Daily publishes six stories about The Fashion Show

The annual show is a major university event and the Iowa State Daily recently featured six stories about the show. More>>.

Student profile features Hannah Astarita, a sophomore in event management

Hannah is a sophomore from Slater, Iowa. She plans to use her major in event management and her minor in gerontology to one day work as an activities director in a retirement home. More>>

Multi-university research team including Sara Marcketti and Elena Karpova receive a NIFA grant

Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design professors Sara Marcketti and Elena Karpova are members of a multi-university research team that has received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture planning grant to develop case studies for morally responsible agricultural product supply chain education.

College of Human Sciences student profile spotlights Sarah Mader, AMD

Sarah Mader, a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design, plans to establish her own apparel design company. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys taking advantage of downtime, catching up on sleep, and hanging out with friends. More>>.

Sangwook Kang, Lakshman Rajagopal, Heelye Park, SoJung Lee win Most AESHM Poster honors

The annual AESHM Poster Celebration on Friday showcased 21 posters by graduate students in apparel, events, and hospitality management throughout the halls of MacKay and LeBaron Halls. The winner of Most AESHM Poster (research in progress) was Sangwook Kang and Lakshman Rajagopal, for "Investigating the advantages of using standardized recipes in the hotel industry via importance-performance analysis." The winner of the Most AESHM Poster (research completed) was Heelye Park and SoJung Lee, for "The hidden credibility link between destination familiarity and image: An integrated moderated mediation model." The winner of the Treasure Hunt was Yang Xu. Judges included Elena Karpova, Eric Brown, and Wen Chang. The event was set up by Nurhidayah Che Ahmat and her team of graduate students. Ellen McKinney's students had the most posters entered, with April Elisha Stanley entering four posters.

AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Iowa State University taps Eulanda Sanders to lead apparel, events, and hospitality management
Eulanda Sanders has been named chair of the Iowa State University Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. Her appointment becomes effective July 1.
Winning garments take those who wear them on a journey
Sarah Mader’s “BECOMING” luxury resort wear collection took both Best in Show and first place for collections at The Fashion Show 2017 at Iowa State.
KCCI features ISU alumna Vanessa McNeal and her documentary "The Voiceless"
An Iowa State researcher says judging from online reviews, consumers embrace the rental experience for prom, charity balls and other formal occasions.
Consumer reviews reveal positive experience in renting formal dresses

College devotes more than $200,000 to help unpaid interns and student teachers

Iowa State designer features curves with confidence

College of Human Sciences students gain workplace readiness skills at etiquette dinner

Human sciences students spend their spring break serving others

The Fashion Show receives its largest endowment
A $100,000 gift from Iowa State alumna Ana Hays McCracken is the largest endowment received to date by The Fashion Show. It will provide monetary awards each year to the show's student producers.
Service learning expands to making shorts for South African boys
Iowa State University students in an introductory apparel construction class are using their newly learned skills to make shorts for boys in South Africa.