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2011 TAPP Design Show Was an Outstanding Show!!!
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Make Plans to attend the 2010 TAPP Design Show
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UNI's Men's Basketball team makes it to Sweet 16
in NCAA tournament; however,
the UNI Spirit Squad Dance Team brought home a national championship:
UNI Dance Team poses with Dr. Strauss at
Homecoming celebration. To his immediate right is Amanda Miller, TAPP major and
team captain. In the far left
is Cassidy Obrion, currently in a TAPP course. For more details click on the
UNI TAPP Program Receives
Millon-Dollar-Plus Grant From Lectra Corporation
to Install State-of-the-Art Kaledo Product Development Software
Above Jon Weiland demonstrates a Kaledo
derived project to Drs. Strauss and Mord
(photo courtesy of Molly Wade, UNI photographer)
From a UNI Press
Release: A $1.4 million gift for the benefit of the University of Northern
Iowa's textiles and apparel program has been given to the UNI Foundation by
Lectra as part of its Education Partner Program. The gift includes software
and upgrades, as needed, that will enable student designers to create
textile weave, knit and print patterns and apply the patterns to apparel
designs, along with many other creative possibilities.
Lectra is a world leader in its market in software CAD CAM equipment and
related services dedicated to large scale users of textiles, leather and
industrial fabrics, according to Annette Lynch, UNI professor of textiles
and apparel. "The UNI TAPP Program is, literally, on the cutting edge with
this software, adopting it at the same time as leading companies, such as
Target. This selective donation makes us competitive with other larger
textile and apparel programs throughout the country."
Dr. Sharon Mord started teaching using Kaledo during the fall semester to
design print patterns for apparel products. Mord stressed the ease of using
Kaledo in combination with Adobe design software: ''Using the new Kaledo
software, we can develop fabric prints in a multitude of colorways with
industry standard Pantone color chips and open them effortlessly in Adobe
Illustrator.'' Jon Weiland, a TAPP Senior who interned at Target in
Minneapolis last summer, has a job offer at Target when he graduates in May.
He credits the UNI TAPP program's commitment to maintaining industry forward
software for his ability to compete with other design students from across
the country for this plum placement at Target.
Dr. Mitchell Strauss will be teaching students how to design woven and knit
patterns in his class this spring. He also speaks highly of the software:
''The magic of Kaledo for me as a teacher of textile science is that it
allows a student to create a myriad of essential woven and knit fabric
structures and view them instantly in a virtual environment. Student
involvement with Kaledo simultaneously supports their creative and technical
development in the creation of essential textile materials. Being skilled
with Kaledo sets UNI Textile and Apparel students apart from other students
in the same discipline.''
This high level of technical and creative skill has resulted in strong
placements for TAPP graduates. Lynch said UNI graduates are currently
working in product development and design at top companies including Under
Armour in Baltimore, Target in Minneapolis, Lands' End in Wisconsin,
Cabela's in Nebraska, Ralph Lauren Polo in New York, J Crew in New York,
Kohl's in Milwaukee, Gymboree in San Francisco, Maurice's in Duluth and
Christopher and Banks in Minneapolis, among others.
"In order to continue to place students in these top design positions we
need to make sure they go out the door at UNI with the right skills and
background in the computer aided design area," she said.
UNI's textiles and apparel program has had a continuing relationship with
Lectra since the company's $2.3 million donation of software in 1999. At the
time, it was the largest corporate donation ever given to UNI through the
UNI Foundation. Lectra's current gift is part of the UNI Foundation's $150
million "Imagine the Impact" campaign.
2009 TAPP Students Participate by
Creating Trench Coat for UNI Panther Mascot TC
to support "I Spy" Theme!
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for more Homecoming Photos (this photo courtesy of Ashley Peterson)
To Celebrate 2009 Homecoming, Jon Weiland creates
a new logo for TAPP
Way to go Jon!
Textile/Fiber/Materials Artist Cat Chow Returns to UNI
to Work with TAPP Students!
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For a Northern Iowan article
about Cat Chow's return written
by TAPP major Elizabeth Deppe click on the logo above!
XVII Held on Saturday April 4, 2008
A Great Success
Design Show is the annual
our academic program and
serves as a culmination of a year's work for Textile and Apparel students. The
apparel items viewed
during the show are created
by students and approved by jury before being exhibited. The
actual planning, promotion, choreography, music and execution of the show is
also done entirely by students with
the guidance of faculty. Since our program has a distinct focus on
product development, the energy and creativity that goes into the annual
design show is central to our program's mission!
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Dr. Lynch's Professional
Do Some Amazing Job Shadows!
We have found that a job shadow
experience can often lead to an internship and perhaps a final position of
employment. At a minimum, a job shadow, which is actually a day spent with a
professional in a "world of work" setting gives the upper division students
a better idea for what they may want to do as they contemplate entering
professional positions in the field.
Below are listed some of the companies
and locations for recent student job shadows:
Victoria's Secret Corporate Office -
Christopher and Banks (an apparel
manufacturer) - Minneapolis, MN
Meyock's Group (an Advertising
Agency) - Des Moines, IA
Seattle Fashion Week's Executive
Director - Seattle, WA
Ralph Lauren Polo - New York, NY
Under Armour - Baltimore, MD
Philadelphia Museum of Art -
Gordman's Corporate Office - Omaha,
Maurice's Corporate Office - Duluth,
ISS Orlando (printed sportwear Expo)
- Orlando, FL
WGSN (fashion trend forecasting
website) - New York, NY
Target Corporate Office -
Students Hold Design Show for IAFCS
Left to Right: Whitney Johnson, Christie Kafer,
April Bowen, Professor Lynch
On Friday and Saturday March 27 & 28,
2009 the Iowa Association of Family & Consumer Science (IAFCS) held their
state conference on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. One of
the highlights Saturday was a student design show held during the lunch
banquet for the association. The show was an abbreviated version of
our larger design show to be held next weekend on April 4, 2009. Shown above
is Professor Lynch and three of our textile and apparel majors. Whitney
Johnson was instrumental in administering the show for the IAFCS. Christie
Kafer and April Bowen along with many other majors will play major
leadership roles in the larger show scheduled next weekend.
The IAFCS selected what they considered
were the top three designs. The student designers selected in order were:
Christie Kafer - one of her garments
from a line she created.
Rashmi Sampat - a non-traditional
materials garment made from plastic window shades.
Lauren Holsing - a garment
constructed from bandanas.
Photos of these garments will be
available next week along with all the other selected entries in the
larger design snow.
Below are shown students preparing for
the IAFCS show. On the right, holding papers is Stephanie Smith instructing
the show models.
The UNI TAPP
Program Invests in Professional Photo Equipment for
Academic Year 2008-2009
To enhance student portfolios, the UNI
TAPP program purchased enough equipment to create a professional caliber
digital photography studio. Student designs created in class and for the
design show can now be photographed to create portfolio grade images.
Dr. Strauss, a TAPP professor and avid
amateur photographer, conducts the photo shoots and processes the photos in
his digital darkroom.
Students Complete Spring 2008 Student Design Show
TAPP EXPO XVI Another Great Success
2008 Promotion Poster for TAPP Expo XVI
created by Suzanne Evers
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Drs. Lynch and Strauss Publish "Changing Fashion"
|In early September 2007 Drs. Annette Lynch and
Mitchell D. Strauss received advanced copies of their new Berg Publication,
entitled "Changing Fashion: A Critical Introduction to Trend Analysis and
Meaning." Berg, located in Oxford, England is considered the leading
publisher of scholarly texts on Fashion and the Textile and Apparel
enterprise. This book is a synthesis of the most important fashion change
theories. The official books description is as follows:|
"Changing trends in fashion have always
reflected large-scale social and cultural changes. Changing Fashion
presents a multi-disciplinary approach to examining fashion change,
bringing together theory from fashion studies, cultural studies,
sociology, psychology and art history, and more. Ideal for the
undergraduate student of fashion and cultural studies, the book has a
wide range of contemporary and historical case material which provides
practical examples of trend analysis and change, from the art deco
textile designs of Sonia Delaunay to the chameleonic shifts in Bob
Dylan's appearance over time. Key issues in fashion and identity, such
as race, gender and consumption are examined from different disciplinary
angles to provide a critical overview of the field."
Professors celebrate their
accomplishment with Textile and Apparel Majors
Lands Huge Grant for Iowa Regents Universities!!!
Through Dr. Lynch's initiative, UNI and
the other Iowa Regents Universities now have one million dollars to alter
campus climate for the purpose of improving safety and reducing the
probability of gender-based violence. This is the third grant of this type
that Dr. Lynch as acquired, all from the U.S. Department of Justice. This
current grant is the largest from a funding standpoint and also now includes
all of the Regents Universities; however, the grant will be directly
supervised by Dr. Lynch and UNI!!!
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Senator Harkin's Press Release
Consult with the
Forest History Center
in Northern Minnesota
Christina Cerruti and Codye Lazear traveled to Grand Rapids, MN on April
20-21 to meet and confer with the Site Director of the Forest History
Center, a division of the Minnesota Historical Society. The students had
spent the semester researching the historical dress of women who populated
winter logging camps in Minnesota during the early 1900's. In a
presentation, they shared their findings with the Site Director and a bevy
of historical interpreters who work in a period logging camp during the
summer months. The work was funded by a grant from the Minnesota Historical
Society as well as a research grant from the Letitia Walsh Scholarship,
offered by the Department of Design, Textiles, Gerontology & Family studies.
the students were Drs. Annette Lynch and Mitchell Strauss. The presentation
was exceptionally well received. Below are photographs of Christina and
Codye during their joint presentation:
TAPP Students Produce an Outstanding Design Show
TAPP Expo XV a Great Success!!
(click on the show poster below for a full story)
Promotional design by Lacy Hooyer
April 14th, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Lang Hall - University of Northern Iowa
Student Textile and
Apparel Design Show
|Scenes from Friday night rehearsal:|
Design by Alyssa Stokesbary
Design by Megan Sullivan
Design by Whitney Johnson
|The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier report Kelsey Holm
did a pre-show story about our design show. Click on the image below to read
JESS LIPPOLD / Courier Staff Photographer
And here's the story
covered by our school paper, the Northern Iowan: (click on
Cat Chow visits UNI!
Multi-award winning apparel
designer/artist Cat Chow spent two days at the University of
Northern Iowa conducting lectures and work shops with the Textile and
Apparel program as well as the Theatre and Art departments. Click on her
image above for the full report of her visit.
UNI TAPP Students Visit Chicago Industry
and Attend Chicago Career Fair
TAPPStudent Tour Group Poses Outside
Kohl's Corporate Headquarters
In what has turned out to be a very busy
travel season for TAPP students and faculty, a recent tour was just
completed of the Chicago area textile and apparel industry, as well as the
Chicago Textile and Apparel Career Fair.
From the 8 through the 10th of November,
Dr. Annette Lynch and 34 textile and apparel majors traversed Wisconsin and
Illinois visiting a host of industry organizations, including the corporate
offices of Kohl's, Hart, Shaffner & Marx, Sears Holdings, and Cintas. In
addition, the Chicago History Museum and the design studio of Alice Berry
were toured too. At the Chicago History Museum, a Christian Dior "New Look"
Exhibit was viewed. Also a visit was made to Macy's of Chicago (formerly
Marshall Fields) to see a Calvin Klein fashion presentation hosted Stacy
Lord of TLC's "What Not to Wear."
Chicago Career Fair highlights included
keynote addresses by Austin Scarlett, original winner of Bravo's "Project
Runway" and Audrey Smaltz, CEO of the Ground Crew, a company that
provides the fundamental and essential backstage
support for fashion show productions. Clients include
Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson and Oscar de la Renta. Various career oriented workshops were
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above photograph for more details.
UNI TAPP Student's Create
Design Show for Gallagher-Bluedorn!!!
TAPP Student Amy
Heinick with Steve Carignan, Executive Director of the
Gallegher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
(Click on their picture for more details)
UNI TAPP Student Association Attends
Career Fair in Minneapolis
On October 13, 2006 the TAPP Student
Association boarded a bus at 4:30 am to head north to Minneapolis to attend
the Fashion Group International Annual Career Fair. It was a super
experience, during which UNI TAPP majors were witness to presentations from
leaders in the field of textiles and apparel, including the very top leaders
of product design and development with Target Corporation. In addition to
hearing great presentations, the students also had the opportunity to
interact one-on-one and in small group sessions with industry leaders. This
trip was made possible by the generosity of the College of Social and
Behavioral Sciences through a grant for student group support.
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above picture for more story and photos
UNI TAPP Student Association Participates in
Homecoming Parade on October 7, 2006!!!
On a beautiful October Saturday Morning
the University of Northern Iowa hosted its annual homecoming parade. Among
the amazing array of floats was one created by the Textile and Apparel
Association, currently led by President Tami Holdgrafer. The students should
be congratulated for their energy and spirit that contributed to making such
a fun float entry into the parade. The float won the "Good Sportsmanship"
Felicia Buck (left)
and Tami Holdgrafer (right)
Left to Right: Lacy
Hooyer, Cassie Anderson, and Kara Anderson
Left to Righ: Teresa
Eppley, Christina Cerruti, Belle DuChene and Logan Hooyer
Float from the rear
Major Places First in Design Competition!!!!
Designer Alyssa Stokesbary (left)
and Model Kelsey Stokesbary
in her first place award winning creation.
Emerging Young Designer
of the Year Competition and Show
September 22, 2006
St. Charles, MO
This fall, Dr. Lynch accompanied two
students to this major mid-western design competition. The students, Tiffany
Rudd and Alyssa Stokesbary, submitted their designs last spring for review
and theirs were among the 60 selected out of the 160 total entered! Alyssa
had one design shown and Tiffany had three selected for the competition.
Both students are to be congratulated for getting entries into this
Much to our delight Alyssa placed first
in the Evening Wear/Wearable Art section of the competition! This is an
incredible accomplishment for which we are all very proud. Alyssa's winning
design was developed and created under the auspices of Dr. Lynch's
Creative Design Foundations class. Alyssa walked away with over two thousand
dollars in prizes including a top-of-the-line Viking sewing machine.
Below are some more pictures of the
Design by Alyssa Stokesbary
Design by Tiffany Rudd
Design by Tiffany Rudd
Design by Tiffany Rudd
Alyssa Stokesbary and her
Tiffany Rudd, her family
and her friends
Dr. Lynch and Alyssa
Alyssa receives her first
2006 Regents Award for
Dr. Annette Lynch, Associate
Professor of Textiles and Apparel in center receiving her Regents Excellence
She is flanked on the left by UNI President Ben Allen and on the right by
Regents President Michael Gartner
Dr. Annette Lynch was presented with the Regents Award for Faculty
Excellence by the
Iowa Board of Regents at a banquet on September 27, 2006. The is a super
accomplishment for Dr. Lynch as it is the most prestigious award granted to
faculty in the State of Iowa.
Winning this award
should be no surprise to those who know, have worked with, or have been
taught by Dr. Lynch. She is a highly dedicated member of the community
who has made a lasting impact on the University. For example, it has been
very much Dr. Lynch's energy and vision that has positioned the Textile and
Apparel program at UNI into one of the leading programs in the country. As
testament, UNI's textile graduates have been first choice hires for product
development by companies such as May Corporation, Lands' End and Target
Corporation. As a former director of Women's Studies, Dr. Lynch brought onto
campus two major U.S. Justice Department Grants focused on reducing gender
violence among students. Her efforts spanned from placing improved lighting
on campus to reorganizing orientation programs for students and student
athletes to raise awareness of issues surrounding gender violence.
14th Annual Student Design Show
One of Best Ever!!!
Students Pull-Off and
Excellent TAPP Expo 2006
Students throughout the Textile and Apparel Major
the 14th Annual Spring Student Design Show on Saturday, April 8,
in Lang Hall Auditorium
Design - Alyssa Stokesbary
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Check out Cesium
Magazine's Summer 2006 issue with two great articles about our show:
their logo below)
Here's the story
covered by the Waterloo Cedar Fall Courier: (click on
the photograph below)
RICK CHASE / Courier Staff Photographer
And here's the story
covered by our school paper, the Northern Iowan: (click on
Of course the
design show depends on student designs created for the jury process. For
example, below students in Dr.
Lynch's Creative Design Foundations class work on their Non-Trad Project
(apparel made from non traditional materials)
Some of these designs, if made well enough, will make it into the design show!
Makes the Big Time!!!!
a division of Simon & Schuster will be publishing "The
Book of Spam" in 2007. This "Coffee Table Book" is intended to be a colorful
exploration of the world of Hormel Spam. Brianna Smith, designer of the Spam
Dress, shown in the 2005 Tapp Expo Design Show has been invited to have her
creation professionally photographed and displayed in the book!
Rudd, a senior TAPP Major served as
Costume Designer for the David Lindsay-Abaire play
The play occurred in
October, 2005 at UNI's Bertha Martin Theatre.
Below is a scene from the play with Tiffany's costumes. Way to go Tiffany!!!
Fall 2005 - The State of Iowa Boasted the
Second Largest Corn Crop in History
Lands' End Scholars Selected
by TAPP Faculty
2005-2006 Lands' End Scholars:
Brittany Lester (left) and Erin Dixon (right) pose
in front of TAPP Laboratory Spectrophotometer.
The first annual
Lands' End Scholars were selected by TAPP faculty in late September, 2005.
Selection criteria were based upon student academic accomplishment,
leadership, and career vision. Last spring, the Lands' End Company
graciously agreed to offer two annual scholarships of $1000 each to students
selected by the faculty. In addition to their scholarship, the winners are
encouraged to seek a summer internship with Lands' End. Great
congratulations to Brittany Lester and Erin Dixon, two of our most
outstanding TAPP students!
TAPP Students Participate in
to Aid Fellow Citizens Impacted by
Playing a part in
the national effort to help those adversely impacted by the recently
devastating Hurricane Katrina, students of UNI's Textile and Apparel
Association organized a drive to collect diapers and formula for families in
TAPP Student Designs Accepted
2005 International Textile and Apparel Association
Annual Meeting Design Show
Each year the International Textile and
Apparel Association (ITAA) meets in late Autumn. The organization consists
of professors and other professionals in the field. Scholarly papers are
presented and the meeting culminates with a design show representing the
very best designs from colleges and universities across the United States
and the world. Designs are scrupulously juried by a review board of ITAA
members and selected based on the garment itself as well as a design
statement which speaks to issues such as the student's inspiration,
creativity, and design approach.
This year four of UNI's TAPP students had
designs accepted for presentation. The students were (in alphabetical order)
Maria Battani, Erin Hamburg, Erin Landt, and Lindsey Smith. Photographs of
the designs are shown below. These students are all to be congratulated for
this great accomplishment.
The designs that were accepted were a
result of class work in courses taught by Dr. Lynch and Dr. Winge.
Furthermore, it was the effort of Dr. Winge to organize the submissions for
ITAA review that led to this great accomplishment. Both Drs. Winge and Lynch
are to be congratulated too for the leadership of the design and creation
UNI TAPP Program hosts a Study
to Lyon France during Summer
Click on the image of Lyon for
the full story
TAPP Expo "Cosmic Revolution"
Pictures Are Posted
click on poster image below:
The April 8, Waterloo
Cedar Falls Courier wrote a huge spread about our upcoming Student Design Show!!
Click on the picture to get the story:
Erin Hamburg, a junior, designed
this dress in the tradition of Gothic and Lolita fashion, a style of
dress imported from Japan featuring Victorian-era skirts, bloomers,
aprons, lace bows and ruffled petticoats. The dress is made from
GREG BROWN / Courier Staff Photographer
The April 5, 2005
Northern Iowan had two stories about UNI Textiles and Apparel. Click on the
pictures for the stories:
Students Prepare for Study Abroad
Shown above are the
students who will be studying abroad in Lyon, France during June through
July, 2005. Photographed shortly after the students purchased their flight
tickets, the delight in their smiling countenances is obvious.
will be studying in one of the historical global centers of the textile and
apparel industry. They will study at the University of Lyon 2 for three
weeks exploring French perspectives on fashion and product development. The
last two weeks they will study history of textiles with Drs. Lynch and
Strauss, while taking advantage of tremendous opportunity to explore the
artifacts in Lyon's famous textile museum collection.
Drs. Lynch and
Strauss will be accompanying students to Lyon, France to study fashion and
textiles this coming summer. The 7 credit hour experience will take place June
20-July 23, 2005 and will be taught by both UNI faculty and those from the
University of Lyon 2. Click on the picture for more details!
Lynch and Strauss presented a paper entitled "Analysis of Dress and Masculinity
Construction in Gene Autry’s Wild West Identity" to the Costume Society of
America at their regional meeting in St. Louis in early October, 2004.
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archived news about the TAPP program click on the newspaper logo just below: