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

Iowa State Daily features Linda Niehm's USDA grant, big data research:

The Iowa State Daily on Oct. 1 featured the work that Linda Niehm, a professor in apparel, events and hospitality management and a Dean's Faculty Fellow in the College of Human Sciences, is doing relating to big data. Niehm is on a multi-state research team that acquired a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use big data to match rural communities with businesses that would have the best likelihood of success in specific geographic areas. The media coverage stems from a Sept. 12 news release from the College of Human Sciences. More».

Trend magazine releases online September issue:

Trend magazine recently published its September issue online. This month's 28-page publication, which will be available online only, features football season fashion, ways to use and reuse basic wardrobe items such as a plain white T-shirt, and more. More»

Tra "Hana" Hoang makes Iowa State her second home in student profile

As an international student, Tra "Hana" Hoang learned branching out was the best way to make new friends. She enjoys dancing, watching Korean dramas, and running in her free time. More».

For more information, contact Hana Hoang in apparel, events, and hospitality management at

AMD alumnae Victoria Raile and Hannah Swanson showcase designs in Des Moines Fashion Week

Two Iowa State University alumnae from the apparel, merchandising, and design program showcased their clothing lines during Des Moines Fashion Week, which took place from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29. Hannah Swanson and Victoria Raile were both selected to be a part of the show by Camille Butzen, the creator and producer of Des Moines Fashion Week. More».

For more information, contact Victoria Raile or Hannah Swanson at;

Marilyn Gasienica dreams of Disney in student profile

Marilyn Gasienica hopes to use her hospitality management degree to one day work at Disney World. When she isn't planning her next Disney trip, she spends time watching movies with her roommates or rewarding herself with a sweet treat from Dairy Queen. More».

For more information, contact Marilyn Gasienica in apparel, events, and hospitality management at

Angela Kermes attributes success to hospitality program in student profile

Angela aspires to own and run her own hotel someday. For now, she spends time with friends, working out, and volunteering at the Story County Animal Shelter. More».

For more information, contact Angela Kermes in apparel, events, and hospitality management at

Apparel design senior Lea Dochterman presents at Central Iowa Sewing Guild meeting

Lea Dochterman, a senior in apparel design, was featured at the American Sewing Guild's monthly chapter meeting of the Central Iowa Chapter, where she presented on sewing athletic leisure wear. Dochterman discussed current trends in athletic garments in mainstream fashion, addressed the materials used to construct them, and how to solve problems while doing so. Dochterman also spoke about her current project of integrated technology within athletic leisure wear. More».

For more information, contact Ellen McKinney in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7536 or

Fashion designer Yeohlee Teng reception with AMD students
Fashion designer Yeohlee Teng, founder of the New York City-based design house YEOHLEE Inc., will share her design philosophy and views on sustainability from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 in 0001 MacKay. Apparel, merchandising, and design students will then have a chance to visit with her during a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the LeBaron Hall lobby. She'll continue her visit Wednesday, Oct. 4 by visiting students in pattern making and fashion illustration classes. Teng in 2004 received the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for fashion design. This past spring, she showcased some of her designs in an exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. Her visit to Iowa State is hosted by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. More». For more information, contact Eulanda Sanders in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7474 or

Visiting scholars from India share insights on luxury branding and Indian consumers
India’s National Institute of Fashion Technology faculty members, Dr. Sushil Raturi from Mumbai and Mr. Siewspah Buhroy from Shillong, will provide public presentations as visiting scholars in AMD. Dr. Raturi has experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods research and consultancy in the consumer durables and textile & clothing sectors.

A four-university team offer a one-of-a-kind course comparing US and India retailing

A 3-credit graduate course, developed as part of a three-year project funded by the United States-India Educational Foundation, is being offered in fall 2017 by 10 expert faculty from Iowa State University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of North Texas alongside 6 expert faculty from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) campuses across India.

AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

Human scientists celebrate passion for helping people
Human Sciences Week will from Oct. 2 to 6 celebrate the dedication of students, faculty, and staff to improve people’s lives.
Iowa State professor on team using big data to aid rural economic development
Linda Niehm is on a team of researchers using big data to match rural communities with businesses that would be successful there.
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.