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


A retrospect on the US apparel industry: expert predictions and reality data
Kincade, D. H., & Annett-Hitchcock, K. E. (2021, May 18), RESEARCH JOURNAL OF TEXTILE AND APPAREL, Vol. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-11-2020-0130
Clothing Experiences of Consumers with Body Asymmetry and their Interaction with Three-Dimensional (3D) Visualization Technology
Annett-Hitchcock, K., Porterfield, A., Absher, K., Buie, T., & Mathur, K. (2020), The International Journal of Design in Society, 14(4), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1328/cgp/v14i04/1-18
On Being a Female Entrepreneur in the Arts: Comparative Experiences
Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2020), Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, 2(1), 57–64. https://doi.org/10.46776/jaee.v2.61
Challenges faced by apparel and textile entrepreneurs seeking US production and sourcing–a study of startup survey data
Farashahi, B., & Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2019), In M. Miller Dr. (Ed.), Fashion: ID (pp. 140–149). Retrieved from http://fashioninstitute.mmu.ac.uk/documents/iffti2019.pdf
Comparison of body measurements between Chinese and U.S. females
Yin, L., & Annett-Hitchcock, K. (2019), The Journal of The Textile Institute, 110(12), 1716–1724. 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), The International Journal of Designed Objects, 10(2), 17–30. 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. (2015), International Journal of Consumer Studies, 39(2), 136–144. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12161

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  • Costume Society of America
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • International Textile and Apparel Association


  • FTM 315 - Fashion Product Design ,
  • FTM 415 - Fashion Product Development ,
  • FTD 218 - Fashion Illustration ,
  • FTD 419 - Fashion Studio II ,
  • FTD 498 - Senior Fashion Collection ,
  • TTM 515 - Graduate Fashion Product Design ,
  • TTM 587 - Graduate Fashion Collection ,

Areas of Expertise