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Catwalk 2011
2011 TAPP Design Show Was an Outstanding Show!!!


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TAPP EXPO XVIII
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 image above.

 

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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)

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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.

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Homecoming 2009 TAPP Students Participate by
Creating Trench Coat for UNI Panther Mascot TC
to support "I Spy" Theme!


Click on image for more Homecoming Photos (this photo courtesy of Ashley Peterson)

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To Celebrate 2009 Homecoming, Jon Weiland creates a new logo for TAPP
Way to go Jon!

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Renowned Textile/Fiber/Materials Artist Cat Chow Returns to UNI
to Work with TAPP Students!


For more photos click on the image above

Northern Iowan Student Newspaper
For a Northern Iowan article about Cat Chow's return written
by TAPP major Elizabeth Deppe click on the logo above!

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TAPP EXPO XVII Held on Saturday April 4, 2008
A Great Success

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The Student Design Show is the annual highlight of 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 Development Students
Do Some Amazing Job Shadows!

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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.
 

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Below are listed some of the companies and locations for recent student job shadows:
 

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Victoria's Secret Corporate Office - Columbus, OH

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Christopher and Banks (an apparel manufacturer) - Minneapolis, MN

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Meyock's Group (an Advertising Agency) - Des Moines, IA

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Seattle Fashion Week's Executive Director - Seattle, WA

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Ralph Lauren Polo - New York, NY

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Under Armour - Baltimore, MD

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Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA

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Gordman's Corporate Office - Omaha, NE

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Maurice's Corporate Office - Duluth, MN

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ISS Orlando (printed sportwear Expo) - Orlando, FL

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WGSN (fashion trend forecasting website) - New York, NY

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Target Corporate Office - Minneapolis, MN
 

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TAPP Students Hold Design Show for IAFCS


Left to Right: Whitney Johnson, Christie Kafer, April Bowen, Professor Lynch

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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.
 

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The IAFCS selected what they considered were the top three designs. The student designers selected in order were:
 

  1. Christie Kafer - one of her garments from a line she created.

  2. Rashmi Sampat - a non-traditional materials garment made from plastic window shades.

  3. 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.
     

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Below are shown students preparing for the IAFCS show. On the right, holding papers is Stephanie Smith instructing the show models.
 

 

 

 

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The UNI TAPP Program Invests in Professional Photo Equipment for
Academic Year 2008-2009

 

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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.
 

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Dr. Strauss, a TAPP professor and avid amateur photographer, conducts the photo shoots and processes the photos in his digital darkroom.

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TAPP Students Complete Spring 2008 Student Design Show
TAPP EXPO XVI Another Great Success


2008 Promotion Poster for TAPP Expo XVI
created by Suzanne Evers
Click on image above to get to show pictures

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Drs. Lynch and Strauss Publish "Changing Fashion"

bulletIn 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

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Dr. Lynch Lands Huge Grant for Iowa Regents Universities!!!

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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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Click on the logo above for
Senator Harkin's Press Release

 

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TAPP Students Consult with the
Forest History Center
in Northern Minnesota
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TAPP students 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.
 

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Accompanying 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:
 


Codye Lazear

Christina Cerruti

 

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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
 

bulletScenes from Friday night rehearsal:
 

Design by Alyssa Stokesbary

Design by Megan Sullivan

Design by Whitney Johnson

   

bulletThe Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier report Kelsey Holm did a pre-show story about our design show. Click on the image below to read it:


JESS LIPPOLD / Courier Staff Photographer
 

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And here's the story covered by our school paper, the Northern Iowan: (click on the logo)
 

Northern Iowan Student Newspaper
 

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Cat Chow visits UNI!

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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.

 

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UNI TAPP Students Visit Chicago Industry
and Attend Chicago Career Fair


TAPPStudent Tour Group Poses Outside Kohl's Corporate Headquarters

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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.
 

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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."
 

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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 attended too.
 

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UNI TAPP Student's Create
Dreamcoat 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)
 

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UNI TAPP Student Association Attends
Career Fair in Minneapolis

 

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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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UNI TAPP Student Association Participates in
Homecoming Parade on October 7, 2006!!!

 

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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" award. Awesome!!!

 


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

 

 

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UNI TAPP 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
 

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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 competitive event.
 

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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.
 

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Below are some more pictures of the competition:

 


Design by Alyssa Stokesbary

Design by Tiffany Rudd

Design by Tiffany Rudd

Design by Tiffany Rudd

 


Alyssa Stokesbary and her family

Tiffany Rudd, her family and her friends

 


Dr. Lynch and Alyssa

Alyssa receives her first place award

 

 

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2006 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence


Dr. Annette Lynch, Associate Professor of Textiles and Apparel in center receiving her Regents Excellence Award.
She is flanked on the left by UNI President Ben Allen and on the right by Regents President Michael Gartner

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Congratulations Dr. Lynch!

 

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14th Annual Student Design Show One of Best Ever!!!

Students Pull-Off and Excellent TAPP Expo 2006
Students throughout the Textile and Apparel Major produced
the 14th Annual Spring Student Design Show on Saturday, April 8, 2006
in Lang Hall Auditorium

Arts in April logo Excellent Poster Design - Alyssa Stokesbary

Click on the poster image above to see show photos
Arts in April logo


 

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Check out Cesium Magazine's Summer 2006 issue with two great articles about our show: (click on their logo below)

 


 

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Here's the story covered by the Waterloo Cedar Fall Courier: (click on the photograph below)

 


RICK CHASE / Courier Staff Photographer

 

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And here's the story covered by our school paper, the Northern Iowan: (click on the logo)


Northern Iowan Student Newspaper
 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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Spam Dress Makes the Big Time!!!!

   

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Atria Books, 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! Congratulations Brianna!

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Tiffany Rudd, a senior TAPP Major served as Costume Designer for the David Lindsay-Abaire play Wonder of the World. 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!!!

 


 

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Fall 2005 - The State of Iowa Boasted the Second Largest Corn Crop in History



 

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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.

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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!

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TAPP Students Participate in Effort
to Aid Fellow Citizens Impacted by
Hurricane Katrina


 

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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 Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

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TAPP Student Designs Accepted for the
2005 International Textile and Apparel Association
Annual Meeting Design Show

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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 process.

 


Design by Maria Battani

Design by Erin Hamburg

Design by Erin Landt

Design by Lindsey Smith

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UNI TAPP Program hosts a Study Abroad program

to Lyon France during Summer 2005!


Click on the image of Lyon for the full story

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TAPP Expo "Cosmic Revolution" Pictures Are Posted
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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 umbrella fabric.
GREG BROWN / Courier Staff Photographer

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The April 5, 2005 Northern Iowan had two stories about UNI Textiles and Apparel. Click on the pictures for the stories:

         

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Tapp Students Prepare for Study Abroad

   

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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.
 

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The participants 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.
 



 

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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!

 

 

 

 

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Drs. 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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To find more archived news about the TAPP program click on the newspaper logo just below: