Prospective Undergraduates

Whether you’re interested in sustainable textile production methods, incorporating technology into fine hospitality and resort experiences, or planning a stunning banquet, AESHM has a program for you. You’ll learn from faculty who’ve had years of experience in the apparel, hospitality, and event management fields. Their expertise is so well-known, you may just end up using a textbook they wrote. Or when you’re searching for an internship, you’ll meet an alum of the program who will connect you with an opportunity of a lifetime. Students choose from three majors and a host of concentration areas: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design (AMD) The apparel, merchandising, and design major opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the textiles and apparel industry. When you major in this field, you’ll study fashion design, product development, costume history, merchandising and marketing strategies, production processes, business practices, and consumer behavior. Event Management More than ever, companies and individuals are relying on experienced, professional event management majors to coordinate conferences, weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. You’ll study trend analysis, hospitality, and resource management to organize momentous gatherings on time and within budget. Hospitality Management In Iowa State’s world-renown hospitality management program, you will learn essential principles of managing a variety of hospitality organizations, such as hotels, restaurants, clubs, and foodservice companies. You’ll also develop expertise in managing diverse functions, such as accounting and finance, foodservice, human resources, marketing, and lodging.


The Fashion Show raises 74 percent of goal; crowdfunding ends this Friday

The Iowa State University Fashion Show has successfully raised $14,979 or 74 percent of its $20,000 goal in its second year of fundraising through FundISU. The crowdfunding effort ends at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. The Fashion Show is in its 35th year and will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. It is one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation with near sell-out attendance of 2,500 annually. The show features more than 150 student-designed garments on the runway and in the mounted exhibitions. More>>.

Iowa State Daily accentuates event management senior Hannah Nation

Hannah Nation, a senior in event management from Ogden, is a managerial producer of the Fashion Show. An Iowa State Daily story profiles Nation and her work to make the apparel show take flight. More>>.

Apparel, merchandising, and design program The Fashion Show spotlighted by Iowa State Daily

An article published by the Iowa State Daily features a profile on this year's guest designers for The Fashion Show 2017, highlighting the show and Iowa State's apparel merchandising program as well. The guest designers, Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough of the Abasi Rosborough brand, will present their most recent fall and winter menswear line during The Fashion Show at 7 p.m. on April 8 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. More>>.

Iowa State well represented at Black Fashion Designers Symposium and Exhibit

Professor Eulanda Sanders, assistant professor Kelly Reddy-Best, and distance education graduate student Samii Kennedy Benson on Monday represented Iowa State at the Black Fashion Designers Symposium and Exhibit, held at The Museum at FIT in New York City. The one-day symposium featured talks by designers, models, journalists, and scholars on African diasporic culture and fashion. The accompanying exhibition, Black Fashion Designers, examines the significant but often unrecognized impact that designers of African descent have had on fashion design. More>>.

Student profile highlights event management senior Leah Blankespoor

Leah Blankespoor looks forward to planning events in her hometown. When she isn’t studying she enjoys working as a professional princess, posting content on her blog, and surfing Pinterest for DIY crafts. More>>.

Student profile spotlights Hannah Walton

Hannah wants to use her event management degree to organize events. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys planning events for the Student Union Board, hanging out with friends, and crocheting quilts to de-stress. More>>.

UNLV features hospitality research by AESHM assistant professor Wen Chang

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas recently featured research conducted by Wen Chang when she was a doctoral student. Chang, who's now an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management at Iowa State, worked with Harrah Hotel College professor James Busser to help hospitality brands with employee retention. As part of their study, they surveyed dozens of former management-program trainees in the hotel-resort industry through several cycles of the training. The research found that employees were leaving because their expectations were not being met. More>>.

See photos: Samantha Shirazi at Retail's BIG Show in New York City

Rising Star Samantha Shirazi, a junior in the ISU Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, was Iowa State's first attendee this past weekend at Retail's BIG Show in New York City, an event hosted by the National Retail Federation. Joined by academic adviser Ann Thye, she met with recruiters from places like Macy's and HSN. More>>.

See photos: Iowa State students shine at YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund gala in New York

Iowa State University students shined at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund's 2017 awards gala in New York City. A record 11 Iowa State students received $5,000 scholarships. Winning students include Kelsey Burggrafff, Tara Efobi, Samantha Shirazi, Emily Olson, Maggie Martens, Sabah Ali, Alex Johnson, Christina Creel, Katie J. Hamilton, Abi Goeserr, and Emily Clark. They were joined by Laura Jolly, dean and Dean's Chair of the College of Human Sciences, and Ann Thye, an academic adviser in apparel, merchandising, and design. They saw Tom Hutton, CEO of Geoffrey Beene, and actor Kellan Lutz. More>>.

Ames Tribune features AMD Executive Advisory Council members expanding bridal business to Main St.

College of Human Sciences alumna Kayse Carter Schulz ('10, apparel, merchandising, and design), and her sister, Rita Gartin ('05, interior design), will open Aeri Couture Bridal, an Ames high-end wedding boutique, in a Sheldon Munn storefront later this year. The pair opened Pure Bridal in January 2012. More>>.