Building a Better Bra
It’s almost a rule that the more attractive a bra is, the less comfortable it feels -- and vice versa. A bra that doesn’t cause shoulder or back pain, supports the breasts and allows freedom of movement has all the aesthetic appeal of an ACE bandage, while a bra built for looks is as pleasant to wear as a stiletto heel. NC State College of Textiles student Sophie Nunno-Gorbachev ‘19 believes there is a better way, and, as the recent recipient of a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research, she is well on her way to designing a bra that marries form and function.
Threads Senior Collection Show Highlights Creativity, Dec. 2 at Talley
Eight senior designers in the College of Textiles have created, developed and produced an industry quality collection emphasizing ideation, communication, theme development, fit and fabrication. Threads is a showcase of talent, creativity and skill. It is a culmination of techniques learned over years of various textile courses. Join us Dec. 2 as we celebrate fashion and textile design!
Ellen Rohde Leadership Endowment Prepares Students for Success
Following a 22-year career with apparel giant VF Corporation, Ellen Rohde — now president of the North Carolina Textile Foundation — has dedicated her post-retirement life to equipping students at NC State with workforce skills that will make them successful leaders and major contributors to society. With a $1.2 million gift, she established an endowment that aims to provide students at the College of Textiles with the type of impactful leadership training that helped her become the first female division president in VF’s history.
Pack Plaid: How NC State’s Official Tartan Came to Be
Kathleen Kelly ‘14 was in her first semester of graduate school at the College of Textiles when she designed the winning entry in NC State’s Pack Plaid contest. Her design, a sophisticated pattern in black, dark gray, red and white, is now listed as the “North Carolina State University -- Pack Plaid” in the Scottish Registry of Deeds, the official Scottish register of tartans.
Students Start Business To Tackle Textile Waste
NC State students and Park Scholars Emily Neville and Carly Kvietok launched Reborn Clothing Co. to revive clothes you no longer wear into new, useful products.
Fourth Generation Alumna Carves her own Path
Sara Thomas, B.S., Fashion and Textile Management ’15, has cotton woven into her genes. She is the fourth generation of the Thomas family to graduate from the College of Textiles. Her great-grandfather, Mason P. Thomas, arrived on NC State’s campus in 1919 and every generation of her family since has followed in his footsteps. However, just as the textile industry has shifted focus across the decades, each member of the Thomas family has carved out his or her unique path.
Zika-Resistant Clothing Project to be Featured at ACCelerate Festival
Pioneering NC State projects that blend art and science take center stage at the upcoming ACCelerate Festival including "A Fashionable Response to Mosquito Protection", a project led by Textiles researchers and students.
Heritage is the Hallmark of FTD Alumna’s Clothing Line
Fashion and Textile Design alumna Lisbeth Arias celebrates her heritage with Descalza, a fashion she began as an undergraduate. She recently launched the collection of scarves, ties and skirts via a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Kayla Brewer ‘14 Opens Voda Boutique Downtown
College of Textiles alumna Kayla Brewer always knew her future was fashion. From the moment she decided she wanted to own a clothing store, each class she took and every position she worked was part of a larger strategy. Now, just three years after graduation, she has opened Voda, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique in downtown Raleigh.
Investing in Ideas like Zika Protection
One of five projects to receive support from the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund is led by the College of Textiles and looks at creating an insecticide-free, protective, comfortable and breathable clothing linen that defends against biting insects.