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

Fashion magazine WWD interviews Iowa State AMD alum Todd Snyder about life after American Eagle buy

Snyder, a 1992 Iowa State graduate and well-known men’s fashion designer in New York has been nominated several times for Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. American Eagle purchased Todd Snyder New York this past November. WWD subscribers may access the article online.

AMD student Alisha Humiston takes part in Paris Fashion Week

Alisha Humiston, a junior in apparel, merchandising, and design, worked with designer Antonio Ortega backstage at Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week as a part of the study abroad program through the Paris American Academy. More».

See TV, newspaper coverage of Iowa State partnership to create Hancher Auditorium uniforms

The Cedar Rapids Gazette, KGAN CBS 2 and KFXA Fox 28, and Iowa State's University Relations recently featured the partnership between Iowa State apparel students and Iowa Prison Industries to design and produce new student usher uniforms for Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa. The auditorium reopens this fall after being destroyed in 2008 by flooding. Students in Iowa State senior lecturer Brenda Ackerman's class worked with inmates to produce the uniforms. More».

Study ranks Iowa State No. 1 in fashion scholarship; Mary Lynn Damhorst and Elena Karpova listed top publication contributors

A newly released study published in Clothing and Textiles Research Journal ranks Iowa State No. 1 for scholarly contributions in the field of fashion marketing. ISU was ranked first based on the level of authorship in the publications selected for the study. Mary Lynn Damhorst, AESHM professor emeritus, and Elena Karpova, AESHM associate professor, made the list of the top 20 publication contributors. More».

AESHM's Linda Niehm, Jessica Hurst help rural retailers with Iowa Retail Summit

About 75 small business owners, community leaders, and business consultants came June 23 to Iowa State University for the Iowa Retail Summit, planned in part by Linda Niehm and Jessica Lynn Miller Hurst in apparel, events, and hospitality management. The event showcased the Iowa Retail Initiative, which provides a single point of contact for rural communities and retailers seeking help. Since August 2013, the Iowa State initiative has worked with 154 retailers in 31 communities across the state and helped 530 students gain real-world experiences in helping businesses. More».

Iowa State Daily highlights Eulanda Sanders, Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing

Iowa State Daily highlights Eulanda Sanders, Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing More».

Iowa State once again ranked as one of the top fashion schools in the nation

New rankings from show that Iowa State continues to be one of the top fashion schools in the nation. In fashion merchandising, ‪Iowa State‬ is No. 1 in the Midwest, No. 2 nationally, and No. 2 among public schools and colleges. In fashion design, Iowa State ranks No. 2 in the Midwest, No. 8 nationally, and No. 3 among public schools and colleges. More».

AMD Programs Ranked Top in the Nation

The Fashion School ranked Iowa State's apparel programs No. 1 (merchandising) and No. 2 (design) in the Midwest, No. 2 (merchandising) and No. 3 (design) among public schools and colleges, and No. 2 (merchandising) and No.3 (design) nationally. 

Nicole Coffin, David Mena, Selena Pintor among 73 from Iowa State who attend NCORE

Seventy-three Iowa State students, faculty, staff, and administrators attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity conference, May 31 to June 4 in San Francisco. Students attending included David Mena in dietetics, Nicole Coffin in kinesiology/pre-physical therapy, and Selena Pintor in apparel, merchandising, and design. Faculty and staff attending included Carmen Flagge, the college's diversity coordinator and multicultural liaison officer; Jenn Plagman-Galvin, the college's director of operations; School of Education assistant professor Brian A. Burt; and alumnus Cristobal Salinas. Participants will take what they learn at ‪NCORE 2016‬ to lead the ISCORE conference at ‪Iowa State‬ next March, to inform policies and actions related to being more inclusive, and to be agents of change on campus. More».

Tera Lawson, Young-A Lee, Nicci Port selected for sixth Emerging Leaders Academy

Three faculty and staff from the College of Human Sciences are among 30 from Iowa State selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Academy. They are Tera Lawson, a program coordinator in the School of Education; Young-A Lee, an associate professor in apparel, events and hospitality management; and Nicci Port, an administrative specialist in the dean's office. The academy develops faculty and P&S staff currently serving in leadership roles at Iowa State, or who aspire to hold leadership positions. Participants attend monthly sessions on leadership theory and practice, current issues in higher education, and university-related challenges and opportunities. Each participant also benefits from a year-long mentoring relationship with a current Iowa State leader. More».

AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers
For a number of 4-H alumni, a commitment to community service and a desire to use skills developed in 4-H led them to pursue human sciences careers.
New book features Iowa State leaders in family and consumer sciences
At least 15 Iowa State University leaders are featured in a new book that recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the field of family and consumer sciences.
Iowa State students shine in internships across the nation
More than 300 College of Human Sciences students are interning with organizations in Iowa and across the globe. Fourteen of the college's 15 majors require an internship to help students gain work experience.
Iowa State expands international opportunities in hospitality and event management
SoJung Lee was a key organizer for a Korean-American hospitality conference.
Apps win top prizes at 2016 Entrepreneurship Showcase
Technology was the big winner at this year’s College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, with two of the top awards going to ideas for apps for mobile devices.
Clothing made from tea byproduct could improve health of fashion industry
Associate professor Young-A Lee and her team of Iowa State researchers have developed a new clothing fiber that's 100 percent biodegradable.
College of Human Sciences scholarships support students at unpaid internships
Scholarships through the College of Human Sciences ease the financial burden on students interning with organizations unable to provide compensation.
College of Human Sciences graduating seniors to be recognized at ceremonies
The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of more than graduating students in a series of events on May 6 and 7.
Establishing an iconic coffeehouse
Students studying entrepreneurship in human sciences reached out to coffeehouses nationwide on what makes an iconic coffeehouse. See what they learned at this year's Entrepreneurship Showcase.
Students share stories of being military kids as Iowa State prepares to honor them
This Friday national Purple Up! for Military Kids day will recognize the sacrifices military youth make while their parents serve. April is the Month of the Military Child.