Dr. Trevor J. Little

Professor, TATM

Email : trevor_little@ncsu.edu
Phone : 919-515-6646
Address : College of Textiles - Room 3323

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Trevor J. Little is a Professor of Textile And Apparel Management in the College of Textiles at NC State University. He graduated from the University of Leeds, England with B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Textiles and has worked with CSIRO in Australia, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University), Danskin Inc., and NC State University since 1984. His research interests include functionally tailored textiles, nanofibers, developing and delivering products that meet current consumer demand, automated garment design, digital printing and electrotextiles.


The business of fashion worldwide employs an estimated 18 million people engaged in the production, design, and development of fashion. Currently, in the USA, over one million people are employed in the retailing of fashion and about 200,000 employed in fashion apparel production across the USA. Research for the fashion industry covers many different disciplines in both the technologies and management of manufacturing. An important aspect of fashion is how to design a continuous stream of new products is the least possible time so that the consumer has an increasing selection of product. Technology plays a crucial role to assist the designer in 2D, 3D, correct fit, pleasing drape, physiological and psychological comfort, functionally tailored performance and aesthetics. The ability to prepare prototypes and samples rapidly often provide a competitive advantage. Sourcing and logistics further enhance a firms ability to attract repeat business. My research interests include manufacturing and management, new product development, design for manufacturability, mass-customization, simulation,  technology development, and economic competitiveness.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Department of Textile Industries, 1974
University of Leeds

B.Sc., (Hons) Textile Industries, 1971
University of Leeds

B.Sc., Textile Industries, 1970
University of Leeds


FTM 318 Fashion Development Processes , FTD 200 Design Skills Workshop and TTM 510 Apparel Technology Management

Recent Publications

  1. Karpi, Y., & Hodge, G.L. (1999). Is Quick Response the Global Strategy for the 21st Century?. Proceeding of the Textile Institute Annual Conference , 133-146.
  2. Little, T., & Heinje, R.K. (1998). Performance Measures for Apparel Production. Proceedings of the 8th International Izmir Textile and ApparelSymposium .
  3. May-Plumlee, T. (1998). No-interval Coherently Phased Product Development Model for Apparel. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology , 10 (5) , 342-364.
  4. Carrere, C., & White, T.J., & Albrecht, C. (1994). Optimizing the Introduction and Handling of Light Weight Fabrics in Garment Manufacture. Proceeding of the 5th Annual Apparel Research ConferenceLaFayette, LA .
  5. Little, T., & Little, T.J., & McPherson, E., & Clapp, T.G., & Seyam, A.M. (1993). A Case Study in Apparel Automation. Proceedings of AAMA’s 20th Apparel Research Conference , 5 (3/4) , 44-59.

NC State Library Scholarly Publications List


Editorial Board: International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology Editorial Board: Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management Editorial Advisory Board: Bobbin Magazine Member Technical Advisory Board for (TC)2 Member Supply Chain Leadership Committee for AAFA Member Sewn Products Resource Council for AAFA Associate of the Textile Institute Member ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association) Member ASTM

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