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.


Apparel, merchandising, and design alumnus Amrut Sadachar recognized for outstanding achievement at Auburn University

Sadachar, an assistant professor in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences at Auburn, received the Student Government Association's Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Human Sciences and the Student Supervisor of the Year Award. The university-level awards recognize a faculty member's dedication to students and approachability as a supervisor, respectively. Sadachar earned his doctoral degree in apparel, merchandising, and design from Iowa State in 2014. More>>.

Amy Dorie, Dave Loranger, and Elena Karpova earn American Collegiate Retailing Association 2017 Best Paper Award

The American Collegiate Retailing Association, or ACRA, selected three researchers from the College of Human Sciences to receive one of the 2017 awards for best paper. Amie Dorie is a Ph.D. candidate in apparel, merchandising, and design, and Elena karpova is an associate professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management. Dave Loranger graduated in 2016 from the apparel, merchandising, and design program, and he is currently an assistant professor at Philadelphia University. Their paper, titled Encore Consumption: Investigating Trends in the Apparel Expenditures of Older Consumers,as discussed their findings from their analysis of data from the U.S. Consumer Expenditures Survey between 1997 and 2014. They research examined older consumers' apparel expenditure patterns by product categories in relation to employment status. Their paper will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, a publication that focuses on consumer behavior, policy, and managerial decisions in the fields of retailing and services studies. More>>.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education highlights Eulanda Sanders

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education featured Eulanda Sanders, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, in an online article about her recent appointment to chair of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. Sanders will assume the role on July 1, taking the place of Robert Bosselman, who has led the department since 2007. More>>.

AESHM students help 10 Ames businesses with in-store and window displays

A group of students in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management are working with 10 businesses in the Ames Main Street Cultural District including Random Goods, The Loft Ames, and Grey Elephant to design in-store window displays. Led by Doreen Chung, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, the students will present a summary of their ideation processes and pictures of the completed displays during class next week. More>>.

Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom launches new Facebook page

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom, located in room 0023A on the ground floor of MacKay Hall, launched a new Facebook page last week. The tearoom is a restaurant/classroom style teaching operation within Iowa State's world-renowned hospitality management program. The tearoom serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, serves dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is open to Iowa State faculty, staff, students, advisers, and visitors. More>>.

AMD alumna Elizabeth "Liz" Scarpino selected for Omaha Fashion Week's 10th anniversary show

Iowa State alumna Elizabeth "Liz" Scarpino has been selected to showcase her designs in Omaha Fashion Week's 10th anniversary show, Aug. 21 to 26. Scarpino is a 2015 Iowa State graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design who was born with a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury, causing complete paralysis to her right arm. She will on Monday, Aug. 21 present a collection of her work, which she calls "Single Handedly Liz." She last presented her work at Omaha Fashion Week in February. More>>.

Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Briefing highlights paper by Ellen McKinney

Ellen McKinney, an assistant professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, was mentioned in the The Chronical of Higher Education's Daily Briefing, highlighting the paper she wrote last year that was published in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. Her paper discusses an analysis of the success of online formal wear rental websites. The Chronicle of Higher Education is the premier news journal for people who lead and study colleges and universitiese. More>>.

Attend the fourth annual Trashion Show on April 21

The Trashion Show is a fashion show consisting of garments made from 100 percent recycled materials. In its fourth year, the Trashion Show is put on by students enrolled in AESHM 222 Creative Thinking and Problem Solving, and aims to bring awareness to environmental issues such as access to clean water, packaging waste, the greenhouse effect, littering on campus, and more. General admission tickets are $10, and all proceeds will be donated to the Audubon Society, an organization that works to preserve Iowa's waterways. Tickets may be purchased at any time before the show at Serenity Couture Salon at North Grand Mall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:05 p.m.

For more information, contact Elena Karpova in apparel, events, and hospitality management at 515-294-9266 or

Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management students participate in Go Red for Women

Several students from the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management assisted with the American Heart Association's Red Dress Exhibit on April 13. This exhibit was part of the Story County Go Red for Women event, which aims to raise awareness about heart health, and ways to predict and prevent heart disease and stroke. More>>.

WHO-TV features student producers and student designer in article highlighting The Fashion Show 2017

WHO-TV highlighted Iowa State University's The Fashion Show 2017 in a recently published article, featuring Hannah Nation and Alexandra Johnson, two of The Fashion Show's producers, and Jojo Montijo, a student designer. Montijo, a junior in apparel, merchandising, and design, showcased her Curves with Confidence collection at this year's show, which was inspired by her desire to see more plus-size clothing and diversity in fashion design. More>>.