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Des Moines Register interviews ISU alum Ryan Zies on ball cap fashion

Ryan Zies, an alum of Iowa State's Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, was featured in a Des Moines Register article about ball caps and their frequent appearance in fashion trends across the country. Zies currently works as a fashion designer specializing in headgear in California, and has designed thousands of ball caps for multiple fashion labels. More>>.

Emma Bixenman shares her experience with The Fashion Show in student profile article

Emma, a sophomore in apparel, merchandising, and design, aspires to buy for a large apparel company. This year, Emma is a pop-up shop committee member for The Fashion Show 2017. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys going to brunch with friends, exploring Ames, and going to the gym. More>>.

Student profile features Samantha Shirazi

Samantha Shirazi, a sophomore in apparel, merchandising, and design, knows she wants to be buyer for an apparel company. When she isn't studying, she enjoys trying new recipes, baking, and participating in multiple student organizations. More>>.

AMD distance education students’ paper accepted to Global Fashion Management Conference

Gwendolyn Michel and Meegan Feori, both distance education graduate students in apparel, events, and hospitality management, will represent Iowa State at the 2017 Global Fashion Management Conference at Vienna with their paper, “The Stories We Wear: Mending and Blogging Patagonia Brand Apparel.” Michel and Feori worked with Professor Emeritus Mary Lynn Damhorst, Associate Professor Young-A Lee, and Professor Linda Niehm on the paper, and will travel to the University of Vienna July 6 to 9 for the conference.

Hospitality management students attend National Society of Minorities in Hospitality conference

Last weekend, four Iowa State students traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, for the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality's 28th annual conference. The students, all majoring in hospitality management, attended industry-sponsored workshops, networked with students across the country, and attended a career fair throughout the weekend conference. More>>.

Sara Marcketti to serve as president of the Costume Society of America

Sara Marcketti, a professor in apparel, events, and hospitality management, has been elected president of the Costume Society of America, a nonprofit organization that advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. The leadership role is a six-year commitment. She is currently serving as president-elect, from 2016 to 2018. She will then serve as president for two years (2018 to 2020), then as past president for two years (2020 to 2022). More>>.

The Fashion Show surpasses $20,000 crowdfunding goal

The Fashion Show raised $22,344 from its monthlong crowdfunding campaign that ended Friday, surpassing its $20,000 goal. Thanks to the 224 donors who contributed. The Fashion Show 2017 has a theme called “Altered Aspects” and will be held at 7 p.m. April 8 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. The show, in its 35th year, is one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation with near sell-out attendance of 2,500 annually. It features more than 150 student-designed garments on the runway and in the mounted exhibitions. Pre-sales of tickets to The Fashion Show for those who generously donated through FundISU begin Monday, March 6. Public ticket sales begin Monday, March 20. Tickets are $15 for students, and $15 to $30 for adults through the Iowa State Center box office. There will be a $2 per ticket discount for six or more tickets. They can also be purchased online through Ticketmaster for $28.65. More>>.

Allison Cherry shares passion for fashion in student profile

Allison is a sophomore in apparel, merchandising, and design with an emphasis in product development. She plans to make a name for herself in the fashion world. When she isn’t studying she enjoys reading novels, road-tripping with friends, and watching Netflix. More>>.

KETV in Omaha features Iowa State alum Liz Scarpino

KETV in Omaha featured Liz Scarpino, an 2015 graduate in apparel, merchandising, and design, in a video segment discussing survivors of cancer and other obstacles participating in Omaha Fashion Week. Scarpino's original clothing line, "Single Handedly Liz," was presented at Omaha Fashion Week 2017. The name of Scarpino's line references the paralysis of her right arm, caused by a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury. More>>.

Iowa State Daily features Sarah Mader in Omaha Fashion Week article

TSarah Mader, a senior in apparel, merchandising, and design, will showcase her original clothing line as one of the chosen student designers at Omaha Fashion Week. The Iowa State Daily featured Mader's experience in the apparel, merchandising, and design program and her designs, which are inspired from her study abroad trip to Spain and Morocco. More>>.