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Author: Cameron Walker

Madagascar Cornfields

Feb 6, 2020

From Peace Corps to Peace Goods

Textile Technology alumna Kyley Schmidt ‘00 put her degree to work during a tour with the Peace Corps, helping the rural community of Soatanana in Madagascar turn their tradition of weaving with wild silk into a sustainable industry. With her support, they honed their skills, organized into a cooperative and have increased their household income by 70%. 

Sonja Salmon holding treated denim sample

Jan 28, 2020

Designed for Deconstruction

Some problems are so big, so systemic, they can seem insurmountable, such as textile waste, generated at the rate of more than 11 million tons per year in the U.S.; textile wastewater, one of the world’s major environmental pollution problems; or carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuel combustion, the driving cause of global climate change. We need a catalyst, an agent of significant change to turn the encroaching tide. Enter researchers like TECS associate professor Sonja Salmon at the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State. 

Alexandra Plunkett's GSOFW collection

Nov 1, 2019

Wheel of Fashion

Read on for our conversation with West about the cyclical nature of some aspects of fashion and how fashion trends evolve and spread. Then keep reading for firsthand perspectives from students Celine Borthayre, Emma Rigby and Alexandra Plunkett, and alumna Carly Palmer on their experience showing at Greensboro Fashion Week. 

Jeanne Engels in Cheruit dress

Jul 9, 2019

Selling Style II: The History of Fashion Marketing in the 20th Century  

At the turn of the last century, a pair of redheaded sisters launched themselves into Edwardian-era English society -- and fashion was never the same. Provocative novelist, scriptwriter and magazine columnist Elinor Glyn popularized the concept of the It Girl -- a young woman with both the innocent intrigue of the ingenue and the sex appeal of the siren. The It Girl has been exemplified over the years by Clara Bow, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Edie Sedgwick, Kate Moss and others. 

Delisa Matthews and Nimet Degirmencioglu

Jun 19, 2019

Studying Sneakerheads

Fascinated by sneakerhead culture, TATM assistant professor Delisia Matthews and research assistant Nimet Degirmencioglu, a Ph.D. student in the Textile Technology Management program, embarked on a study to uncover and explore the consumer behavior, attitudes and motivations of sneakerheads. 

Techtextil event crowd

Feb 8, 2019

Meet Us at Techtextil North America

The Wilson College of Textiles will be the center of the textile world this February 26-28, when it hosts Techtextil North America 2019 as its first official academic partner. Techtextil North America is an annual trade event dedicated to the technical textiles and nonwovens industry. For three days this month, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and industry professionals from all over the world will gather in the City of Oaks to network, learn and share the latest advancements in textile technology. 

Wilson College of Textile engraving

Jan 25, 2019

Diagnosing Amputee Discomfort

A fiber sensor developed by researchers from the Wilson College of Textiles in conjunction with the College of Engineering will help determine the causes of individual amputee discomfort. 

Jasmine Flood

Nov 29, 2018

Perfect Timing

Meet Wilson College of Textiles alumna Jasmine Flood (TT '12), successful entrepreneur and owner of accessory and stationery boutique Riada Adair. 

Germanee Gerald

Nov 26, 2018

Entrepreneur en Vogue

Meet Wilson College of Textiles alumna Germanee Gerald, a 2013 graduate of the Fashion and Textile Management program who recently left a successful corporate career to focus full time on her styling business, GG+Co. Styling Firm. 

TSC Summit

Jun 18, 2018

Sustainability School

By Cameron Walker and Jitong Li In the spring of 2018, graduate students taught by Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management professor Dr. Karen K. Leonas partnered with industry leaders from American & Efird and The Sustainability Consortium to work on pressing sustainability concerns in the textile field. Through two separate projects, graduate students in…