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

Trend magazine releases February issue online

Trend, a student-run fashion magazine at Iowa State University, this week published its February issue online. This month's 33-page edition features articles on Valentine's Day as well as "Galentine's Day," a nonofficial holiday celebrated as a day for ladies celebrating ladies. The edition also includes "five men must haves" and "how to achieve oversized layering." More».
For more information, contact Sarah Paul in apparel, events, and hospitality management at scpaul@iastate.edu.



The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success at ISU publishes video on queer fashion and style exhibit

The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success at Iowa State University published a video to their "Out and About" series highlighting "Queer Fashion and Style: Stories from the Heartland." The exhibit, curated by Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, shares the experiences of 12 Midwest LGBTQIA+ women, ages 30 to 50, who agreed to share their stories about what they wear and how they wear it. More».
For more information, contact Kelly Reddy-Best in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-9919 or klrb@iastate.edu.



Des Moines Register features Iowa State distance Ph.D. student Amanda Miller

The Des Moines Register published an article highlighting the work of Amanda Miller, an Iowa State distance Ph.D. student in hospitality management. Miller is in charge of "the largest restaurant in the state" as head of Des Moines Public Schools' Food and Nutrition Management, which feeds about 30,000 kids daily. More».
For more information, contact Amanda Miller in apparel, events, and hospitality management at amandam2@iastate.edu.



Kelly Reddy-Best featured in Faculty Focus video

Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was recently featured in a Faculty Focus video by the College of Human Sciences. The clips highlight human scientists at Iowa State University. Visit the college's YouTube channel to see all Faculty Focus videos. More».
For more information, contact Kelly Reddy-Best in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-9919 or klrb@iastate.edu.



Inside Iowa State features queer fashion exhibit and course

Inside Iowa State on Feb. 1 featured the new queer fashion exhibit at the Textiles and Clothing Museum, as well as the new course on the same topic. Both are led by Kelly Reddy-Best, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management. The exhibit runs Feb. 1 through April 14. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in 1015 Morrill Hall. Best and graduate assistant Dana Goodin will speak about the exhibit from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. More».
For more information, contact Kelly Reddy-Best in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-9919 or klrb@iastate.edu.



Watch a video featuring SoJung Lee in apparel, events, and hospitality management

This week's Faculty Focus video features SoJung Lee, a human scientist in apparel, events, and hospitality management whose research focuses on tourism. She is energized and inspired by the opportunity to work on research with students, and credits her work with students as a driving force in expanding her research interests. More».

For more information, contact Sojung Lee in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-8990 or sjlee@iastate.edu.



Mikaela Lighty shares study abroad experience in student profile

Mikaela Lighty's career aspirations consist of owning a wedding business. In the mean time, she enjoys drawing, working out, and watching a good movie. More».

For more information, contact Mikaela Lighty in apparel, events, and hospitality management at mlighty@iastate.edu.



Omaha Fashion Week's blog spotlights Lydia Loya in designer profile

Omaha Fashion Week interviewed Lydia Loya, a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design, on her brand, her favorite projects, and her style as a designer for a designer profile article. Loya is a featured designer for Omaha Fashion Week, and will be showing her line "West Fens" on the runway on March 3, 2018. Omaha Fashion Week is the nation's fifth largest fashion event, and will run from Feb. 27 to March 4, 2018. More».
For more information, contact Lydia Loya at lidloya@iastate.edu.



Ellen McKinney featured in Faculty Focus video

Ellen McKinney, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was recently featured in a Faculty Focus video by the College of Human Sciences. The clips highlight human scientists at Iowa State University. Visit the college's YouTube channel to see all Faculty Focus videos. More».
For more information, contact Ellen McKinney in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-7536 or emckinne@iastate.edu.



Eric Olson earns Best Paper Award at International Conference on Events

Olson, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, received the honor for his paper, "The role of social influence on expo attendee behavior utilizing video tracking." Olson was recognized with the award in December at the conference in Orlando, Florida. More».
For more information, contact Eric Olson in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-0699 or olsoned@iastate.edu.



AESHM News Stories from the College of Human Sciences

New event management professor embraces tourism, technology, diversity
Ken Tsai brings a love of technology, diversity, and tourism to his new position as a new assistant professor in event management.
Museum exhibit explores clothing worn by Midwest LGBTQIA+ individuals
An ISU Textiles and Clothing Museum exhibit will be one of the nation’s first to explore fashions and styles of LGBTQIA+ women.
Alternative breaks offer opportunity for service learning
Three College of Human Sciences students were among 17 from Iowa State who spent part of their winter break helping those in need.
Sanders, Woods to be featured in 2018 calendar
Eulanda Sanders and Barbara Woods will be featured in the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar.
Iowa State to showcase research about authentic food at international hospitality conference
Iowa State will co-host an international conference for graduate students in hospitality, Jan. 3 to 5 in Fort Worth, Texas.
College of Human Sciences to recognize graduating seniors at fall convocation
Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences will recognize nearly 300 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 15 and 16.
New overseas programs to help students engage in high-impact learning
Students in the College of Human Sciences will have four additional opportunities to study abroad next summer.
College of Human Sciences and departmental scholarship recipients recognized
The College of Human Sciences celebrated student scholarship recipients and donors at its annual scholarship recognition event.
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.
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