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

Ames Tribune spotlights The Fashionable Side of Stem exhibit
The Ames Tribune on Saturday featured "The Fashionable Side of STEM," the latest exhibit in the Textiles and Clothing Museum which displays how fashion design relies on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The exhibit is curated by Janet Fitzpatrick and Sara Marcketti and is on display through Friday, March 11. The display shows how STEM has influenced fashion as technology has advanced. It features examples from both the museum’s collection as well as garments contributed by faculty and graduate students in the apparel, merchandising and design program.

Samantha Bortle is featured in a student profile on the College of Human Sciences website
Samantha Bortle, from Ames, plans to use her degree in hospitality management to work in the catering industry. More»

Eulanda Sanders featured in Iowa State Foundation video

Eulanda Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, is featured in this new video by the Iowa State University Foundation. The video demonstrates how alumni gifts are helping apparel students better their education through technology. More».

Students attend Hospitality and Tourism Graduate Conference

Iowa State University faculty and students were among those attending the 21st annual Graduate Education & Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last week. More».

Nine AESHM students receive YMA Scholarships

AESHM students Caroline Bailey, Chelsea Blake, Ashlynn Boerhave, Kate Bruce, Hanna Hoch, Kathryn Kaalberg, Elizabeth Kraidich, Christina Meissner, and Sabrina Skerston, received the 5,000 YMA scholarship. The students will go to New York City, Jan. 11-13 for the gala awards dinner attended by more than 1,200 fashion executives.

Ling Zhang interviewed by Des Moines Register, Ames Tribune on students designing Hancher Auditorium uniforms

Zhang, an Iowa State graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was interviewed Dec. 8 by Julie Erickson of the Ames Tribune

Sarah Bennett featured on Talk of Iowa show about the fashion industry

Bennett, a lecturer in apparel, events, and hospitality management who's also the adviser to The Fashion Show, was among those featured on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa in an hourlong show about the fashion industry in Iowa on Tuesday, December 1.

Des Moines Register story features AMD graduate Lauren Pearson

Lauren Pearson, a 2015 graduate in apparel, merchandising and design, is featured by the Des Moines Register for designing and sewing the new Raygun apparel line.

AMD faculty and students take home 15 awards from the International Textile Apparel Association conference

Apparel, merchandising, and design graduate students and faculty received 15 awards, and an alum won two awards, at the International Textile and Apparel Association's annual conference last week. Iowa State took home the most awards of any university and the majority present at the meeting.

KCCI covers Todd Snyder's clothing line sale to American Eagle

Apparel, Merchandising, and design alum Todd Snyder sold Tailgate, his Iowa-based clothing line, to American Eagle Outfitters. The sale means that over 200 stores will be opening at universities nationwide. More».

AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Human Sciences groups try their hands at crowdfunding
The Fashion Show 2016 and Event Management Club are two College of Human Sciences groups launching crowdfunding campaigns this spring through the ISU Foundation’s new FundISU platform.
Trend celebrates 10 years of student success
Trend magazine, an Iowa State student-run publication managed by apparel, events, and hospitality management, this year celebrates 10 years and 19 editions of fashion journalism.
Iowa State apparel students create innovative new products for organizations
Iowa State students have created new merchandise prototypes for client organizations. The organizations are currently reviewing production viability.
Iowa State graduating senior Valerie Villa is confident in any event
An Oxfam Hunger Banquet on campus ... an international conference in D.C. ... a James Taylor concert at the Well ... Iowa State University graduating senior Valerie Villa has helped manage them all. But on Saturday she'll be a participant in the biggest event of her life (so far) when she walks across the stage at Iowa State's fall commencement.
Iowa State event management students tackle industry issues
As Iowa State’s event management program continues to grow, students are tackling tough industry topics — such as ethical behavior during business trips— through original research and case studies.
Apparel design students create new staff uniforms for Hancher Auditorium students
Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design students are partnering with the University of Iowa to design new student usher uniforms for Hancher Auditorium.
College of Human Sciences celebrates high-achieving graduates
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of approximately 150 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 18 and 19.
Clothing aims to improve health and safety of firefighters
Guowen Song is taking the world’s lightest material — a “graphene aerogel” that is lighter than air — and researching how it can improve the health, safety, and comfort of firefighters' protective clothing.
New College of Human Sciences program attracts food lovers to Italy
A new short-term, faculty-led study abroad opportunity will allow Iowa State University students to study food, nutrition, and hospitality in six Italian cities.
Iowa State first in scholarly activities at international apparel conference
Iowa State students in apparel, merchandising, and design will present 42 scholarly activities, the most of any school, on diverse topics at an international textile conference.