TAM Virtual Homecoming and Chair Fund for Excellence Fundraising
Posted: Oct. 9, 2020
Come celebrate and share your favorite TAM experiences on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:00 CST. Faculty and staff, current TAM students, and TAM alumni will wait for you to share your TAM moments with us. This year, we invite our alumni and friends to be a part of enhancing the TAM Experience. Please consider supporting TAM with a contribution that will help us with a new initiative: the TAM Peer Mentors program.
Zoom Meeting ID: 919 6340 4997 Passcode: 526089
Drs. Li Zhao and Kerri McBee-Black Awarded Grant from Cotton Incorporated
Posted: Oct. 9, 2020
Congratulations to Drs. Li Zhao and Kerri McBee-Black on receiving another grant from Cotton Incorporated for next calendar year for their project entitled Trace Public and Stakeholder Opinion Regarding Sustainability and Transparency in The Global Cotton Supply Chain: A Practice-Based Experiential Learning Opportunity. It is a little over $28,000 and we are so happy to see the continued success with the education and research surrounding the sustainability and transparency of cotton products!
Sustainable Sourcing in the Global Fashion Industry
Posted: Oct. 7, 2020
University of Missouri's Textile and Apparel Management program presents a virtual panel made up of three industry experts discussing sustainable sourcing practices in today's global fashion industry, opportunities and challenges, and expectations for fashion and textile students. The panel will be October 15th, 2020 9:30am- 11:15am. Funding for this event was provided by Cotton Incorporated.
Zoom Meeting ID: 923 8344 3370 Password: 287905
TAM Ranks Among the Top in the Nation
Posted: Sep. 17, 2020
TAM Talks: TAM Young Alumni Present "Career Lessons Learned in the Fashion Industry"
Posted: Sep. 9, 2020
TAM offers a unique opportunity every year for TAM students to get connected to and learn from recent TAM graduates. This year, we have four amazing young alumni and they will share what they learned in the fashion industry since their graduation. Please join us via Zoom. It is on September 9, from 11-11:50 am.
Posted: Jul. 23, 2020
Apparel industry’s competing terms cause confusion and frustration for people living with disabilities. Kerri McBee-Black hopes to bridge the nomenclature gap between businesses and academia to help people find what they're looking for.
While the apparel industry has become increasingly more accessible to people living with disabilities, much of the industry is using competing terms to market their products. According to an MU researcher, the market may turnoff people living with disabilities by using words that have a negative impact.
MU Textile and Apparel Management Instructor Kerri McBee-Black says that many businesses are using the competing words when trying to win over people living with disabilities, and while much of academia uses a less offensive term, the industry has yet to adopt it.
Nomenclature and word choice can make or break a product in a competitive marketplace. Yet, companies haven’t found a consistent way to name their products for people living with disabilities.
Dr. Parsons Named CSA Fellow
Posted: Jun. 3, 2020
The Costume Society of America (CSA) Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by CSA. It recognizes the dedication, commitment, leadership, and outstanding contributions of our members to the organization and to the field of dress and appearance. Class of 2020 CSA Fellow Jean L. Parsons is a professor at the University of Missouri and curator of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. A recognized scholar in both design and history, her research includes digital textile and apparel design and the history of the apparel industry.
Dr. Michael Eugene Mamp nominated Dr. Parsons. He noted, "Dr. Parsons is highly accomplished; she is a talented designer, an insightful historian and has been a mentor to many, including myself. She develops life-long supportive relationships with her former students as she seamlessly helps them transition from her student to her respected colleague. This is one of the most valuable gifts she imparts. She has made a tremendous impact through the rigor of her work, the thoughtfulness of her advice, and her sheer tenacity, output, and dedication to our field of study."
Dr. Parsons is an example of a dedicated scholar, educator, and designer. We enthusiastically congratulate her for her contributions to our field.
Adaptive Versus Inclusive — Words Matter When it Comes to Apparel for People Living with Disabilities
Posted: May 28, 2020
Story Contact: Sheena Rice, Mizzou News
MU researchers found that people living with disabilities wish to purchase clothing that is designed and marketed like any other apparel
Retailers and brands such as Kohl’s, Nike, Target, Tommy Hilfiger and Zappos have recently launched adaptive apparel lines, and economists have predicted that the U.S. adaptive clothing market could grow to $54.8 billion by 2023. However, brands should consider the language they use when marketing products to this group of consumers, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. Researchers say that "adaptive" makes the apparel seem separate from the market.
"Terms such as ‘adaptive apparel’ are popular with companies," said Kerri McBee Black, instructor of textile and apparel management. "However, calling an item of clothing adaptive can alienate and exclude people living with disabilities. Like all consumers, this population wants to feel embraced by a brand, not excluded as someone different."
Spring 2020 TAM Newsletter
Posted: May 15, 2020
See what's new at the MU Department of Textile and Apparel Management with the Spring 2020 Newsletter.
TAM Cuts Over 35,000 Mask Fabric Pieces for MU Health
Posted: Apr. 15, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to spread, face masks are becoming more difficult to find, and health systems are turning to community members for help to make sure they have masks for as long as the outbreak lasts. That includes MU Health Care. The University is joining the effort and making mask kits that will be made into masks for the health system to use.
MU Health Care workers gathered supplies to assemble kits so community members could help make masks. The team at MU Health Care soon discovered the needed more helpers to cut the fabric for the kits. So, they turned to Professor Pamela Norum, chair of MU’s Department of Textiles and Apparel Management, for help.
TAM Making Masks for MU Health
Posted: Apr. 23, 2020
In response to COVID-19, the Department of Textile and Apparel Management is working with MU Health Care to help cut materials for 100,000 masks. Yesterday, 10,000 cut masks were picked up.
TAM Students Win Mizzou '39 and Mizzou '18 Awards
Posted: Mar. 4, 2020
Hannah Farley - Mizzou '39 Award Recipient
Lida Aflatoony - Mizzou '18 Award Recipient
Fall 2019 TAM Newsletter
Posted: Dec. 5, 2019
See what's new at the MU Department of Textile and Apparel Management with the Fall 2019 Newsletter.
TAM and Alumni Featured in HERLIFE
Posted: Nov. 6, 2019
The inaugural issue of HERLIFE, a new Columbia magazine, features TAM alumna Jennife Ouellette on the cover, (with a story on page 33). Jennifer runs a successful millinery business in New York City. This issue also features a story about TAM on page 10, followed by stories about TAM alums Michelle Dando, Ashley Gibson Long, and Nicole Zabriskie.