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Silk and Steel: French Fashion Women and WWI

Posted: Nov. 12, 2020

The CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN CHICAGO just tagged the Missouri Historic Costume & Textile Collection (MHCTC) in their Facebook post promoting the Silk & Steel French fashion exhibition at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City! The exhibit and one of our dresses was also featured in the December 2020 edition of KC Studio Magazine (pages 64-65). As Museum Senior Curator Doran Cart stated, our ten dress and accessory objects “play an integral role in the exhibition,” and we’re so excited that the MHCTC – and the University of Missouri - are getting such wonderful recognition!  

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TAM Awards from the 2020 ITAA Conference

Posted: Nov. 10, 2020

Kerri McBee-BlackDr. Kerri McBee-Black received the Top Altmetric Score paper from 2020 International Textile and Apparel Association conference. Her paper title is, "Words Matter: A Content Analysis of the Definitions and Usage of the Terms for Apparel Marketed to People Living With Disabilities."

Li ZhaoDr. Li Zhao and a doctoral candidate Muzhen Li's paper titled, “Neo-Fashion: A Data-Driven Fashion Trend Forecasting System using Machine Learning through Catwalk Analysis” received the 2020 International Textile and Apparel Association Paper of Distinction Award in the Textile & Apparel Industries track.

Song-yi YounDr. Song-yi Youn and a master’s student, Anna Moritz’s paper titled “You Could Do It Better! Consumer Negative Responses toward Moral Crisis in the Fashion Industry” received the 2020 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Paper of Distinction Award in the Consumer Behavior track.

Nicolette LeibyNicolette Leiby, a MS student in TAM, received the Sara Douglas Fellowship for Professional Promise: Masters Student in 2020 from the International Textile and Apparel Association.


MU Collaboration Exhibit: "Collective Voices" in the News

Posted: Nov. 3, 2020

Enjoy Aarik Danielsen’s recent Columbia Tribune article featuring "Collective Voices," a collaborative MU exhibit in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery that includes objects from the Missouri Historice Costume and Textile Collection (MHCTC), University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. On display through November 19th!

Take a virtual tour (Part 1) of the exhibit with curators Catherine Armbrust, John Fifield-Perez, and Nicole Johnston


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.

Post event messages: Ultimately, we raised $3,500 to help fund three undergraduate mentors starting spring 2021. Thank you all, donors and supporters. Your words and encouragements are so appreciated!

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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!

Li ZhaoLi Zhao

Kerri McBee-BlackKerri McBee-Black


Sustainable Sourcing in the Global Fashion Industry

Posted: Oct. 7, 2020

The University of Missouri's Textile & Apparel Management department hosted a panel featuring industry experts discussing Sustainable Sourcing in the Global Fashion Industry. The webinar was hosted via Zoom on October 15th, 2020, and featured industry professionals Michelle Dando, Jeff Hux, Juan Zighelboim, and Mark Messura. From perspectives of local farmers’ in Missouri, oversea suppliers, and sourcing experts, these panelists offered their unique industry experiences working with cotton and/or sustainable practices. Attendee’s included a large number of MU students, faculty, and industry professionals from across the globe.

This event was funded through a grant awarded to Textile & Apparel Management professors Dr. Li Zhao and Dr. Kerri McBee-Black by Cotton Incorporated. It provides students with an opportunity to explore and understand cotton sourcing and cotton supply chain transparency.

Thank you to all who helped make this event possible. View a recording of this panel.

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TAM Ranks Among the Top in the Nation

Posted: Sep. 17, 2020

2021 College Factual Top Ranked Textile Studies badge


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.

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Exclusive Design

Posted: Jul. 23, 2020

Story by Mizzou News

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.

Kerri McBee-BlackWhile 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.

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Dr. Parsons Named CSA Fellow

Posted: Jun. 3, 2020

Jean ParsonsThe 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.


Nicole Johnston Wins HES Distinguished Staff Award

Nicole JohnstonNicole Johnston received the HES Distinguished Staff Award in 2020. One of the supporters stated that "Nicole’s work in support for the Historic Costume Collection unceasingly amazes me by its extraordinary and ever-evolving creativity and its grounding in broad-based historical research." Congratulations, Nicole, and thank you for your work for the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection!


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

Kerri McBee-BlackMU 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."

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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.

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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.

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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

Congratulations to TAM students Hannah Farley and Lida Aflatoony on winning Mizzou '39 and Mizzou '18 Awards. We are so proud of you!

Hannah FarleyHannah Farley - Mizzou '39 Award Recipient

Lida AflatoonyLida 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.

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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.

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Jennifer Ouellette