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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

Eighteen Iowa State students attend National Restaurant Association's NRA Show 2017

Eighteen Iowa State students and several faculty and staff members in hospitality and event management are this week attending the National Restaurant Association's "NRA Show 2017," being held May 20 to 23 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event is the largest gathering of those in the restaurant, food service, and hospitality industry.

Siouxland Woman magazine features AMD alum Joi Mahon

Joi Mahon, a 1999 Iowa State graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design, was featured in a cover story last month by Siouxland Woman, a monthly magazine featuring informative articles and great photographs on topics of interest to local women.

College of Human Sciences' Chuck Achter, Darlene Fratzke, Anne Oldham, Chris Wise, Amber Kargol receive 2017 Learning Communities awards

Five College of Human Sciences staff members this year received awards at the Learning Communities Institute. Chuck Achter (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers) and Darlene Fratzke (ANTS and MINDs Learning Communities) received the Learning Communities Champion award, which honors those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of learning communities at Iowa State.

AMD alumna Annihka Murray named semi-finalist for EcoChic Design Award 2017

Murray, a 2012 Iowa State graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design, was named one of 24 finalists for the international EcoChic Design Award, a sustainable fashion design competition organized by Redress, inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste.

Marissa Carlson shares how she landed her internship in student profile

Marissa can't wait to work for a cruise line or country club. When she isn't studying she enjoys playing sports, painting, and reading. More>>.

Iowa State Daily features apparel, merchandising, and design senior Cassidy Glynn

Glynn focuses on creative technical design and finds inspiration from Andy Warhol. In the article, she tells of her streetwear-inspired, partially hand-painted line called 'Glitch // Accidental Art.' More>>.

Iowa State Daily publishes articles highlighting Londonfest planners Leah Blankespoor, Bailey Banger

The Iowa State Daily published two articles featuring the student planners of Londonfest. Leah Blankespoor and Bailey Banger, both seniors in event management, held leadership roles as student interns and assisted in the planning of the event. Londonfest celebrated the tenth anniversary of the London Underground, a local bar in downtown Ames, on April 22. More>>.

Apparel, merchandising, and design alumnus Amrut Sadachar recognized for outstanding achievement at Auburn University

Sadachar, an assistant professor in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences at Auburn, received the Student Government Association's Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Human Sciences and the Student Supervisor of the Year Award. The university-level awards recognize a faculty member's dedication to students and approachability as a supervisor, respectively. Sadachar earned his doctoral degree in apparel, merchandising, and design from Iowa State in 2014. More>>.

Amy Dorie, Dave Loranger, and Elena Karpova earn American Collegiate Retailing Association 2017 Best Paper Award

The American Collegiate Retailing Association, or ACRA, selected three researchers from the College of Human Sciences to receive one of the 2017 awards for best paper. Amie Dorie is a Ph.D. candidate in apparel, merchandising, and design, and Elena karpova is an associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management. Dave Loranger graduated in 2016 from the apparel, merchandising, and design program, and he is currently an assistant professor at Philadelphia University. Their paper, titled Encore Consumption: Investigating Trends in the Apparel Expenditures of Older Consumers,as discussed their findings from their analysis of data from the U.S. Consumer Expenditures Survey between 1997 and 2014. They research examined older consumers' apparel expenditure patterns by product categories in relation to employment status. Their paper will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, a publication that focuses on consumer behavior, policy, and managerial decisions in the fields of retailing and services studies. More>>.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education highlights Eulanda Sanders

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education featured Eulanda Sanders, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, in an online article about her recent appointment to chair of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. Sanders will assume the role on July 1, taking the place of Robert Bosselman, who has led the department since 2007. More>>.

AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

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.
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
As an alternative to spending hundreds of dollars on a prom dress for one night, more and more online retailers are offering formal dress rentals as an attractive and often more affordable option.
College devotes more than $200,000 to help unpaid interns and student teachers
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships over the past two years to assist students gaining work experience through unpaid internships and student teaching experiences.
Iowa State designer features curves with confidence
Joris “JoJo” Montijo wants other plus-sized women to have the same confidence that she does — whether they’re walking down the runway or going about their everyday lives.