Kate Annett-Hitchcock

Kate Annett-Hitchcock

Associate Professor, TATM

Fashion and Textile Design
Fashion and Textile Management: Fashion Development and Product Management
Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management

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About Kate Annett-Hitchcock

Dr. Kate Annett-Hitchcock is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, Wilson College of Textiles, at North Carolina State University. Prior to this she was on the faculty at East Carolina University; Virginia Tech and the Savannah College of Art and Design. She obtained her B.A. (Hons) degree in Art History from the University of Manchester; M.A. in Clothing and Textiles from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in Clothing and Textiles from Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on clothing for health and well-being; product development for differently-abled populations, and historical and cross-cultural inspirations on fashion design. She has authored peer-reviewed articles, presentations and book chapters, mostly on clothing product development for special populations, and smart clothing technologies. She is committed to women in entrepreneurship and has founded startups in the fashion and textile product arena.


Design and development of clothing for Health and Well-Being; History of Apparel and Textiles; Fashion Entrepreneurship; Undergraduate Research

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Business and Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 2002
  • M.A. Clothing and Textiles, Michigan State University, 1991
  • B.A. (Hons) Art History and Collections Management, The University of Manchester, 1987


Comparison of body measurements between Chinese and US females
Yin, L., & Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2019), JOURNAL OF THE TEXTILE INSTITUTE. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405000.2019.1617531
Price and perceived product quality: A comparison of denim jeans in three price categories
Farashahi, B. G., Easter, E., & Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2018), Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 22(3), 369–386. https://doi.org/10.1108/jfmm-10-2017-0104
All fashion is local: Assessing the needs of fashion and textile startups in an era of global fashion dissonance
Annett-Hitchcock, K., & Relyea, R. (2017), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Fashion Federation of Technical Institutes, Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 28-31, 2017.
The Development of an Herb-Infused Bag that Regenerates Aromatherapy Textiles
West, A., & Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2016), International Journal of Designed Objects, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1379/cgp/v10i02/17-30
Fashion And Disability
Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2015), In Fashion Design for Living. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge.
Shopping and virtual communities for consumers with physical disabilities
Annett-Hitchcock, K., & Xu, Y. J. (2015), International Journal of Consumer Studies, 39(2), 136–144. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12161
A critical review of aroma therapeutic applications for textiles
West, A. J., & Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2014), Journal of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, 9(1).
Fashion and Disability, including snapshots on Universal Design and fashion, and sports clothing for athletes with disabilities
Carroll, K. (2014), In Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (Vol. 11). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
Identification of tactics to engage consumers on Facebook
Cernel, S., Moore, M., Annett-Hitchcock, K., & Devine, G. (2014), International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference.
Investigation into the feasibility of inductively coupled antenna for use in smart clothing
Suh, M., Carroll, K. E., Grant, E., & Oxenham, W. (2014), International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 26(1), 25–37. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijcst-10-2012-0064

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  • Costume Society of America
  • Omicron Delta Kappa


  • FTM 315 - Fashion Product Design ,
  • FTM 415 - Fashion Product Development ,
  • FTD 218 - Fashion Illustration ,
  • FTD 419 - Fashion Studio II ,
  • FTD 497 - Senior Fashion Collection ,
  • TTM 515 - Graduate Fashion Product Design ,
  • TTM 587 - Graduate Fashion Collection ,

Areas of Expertise