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Kate Annett-Hitchcock



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Dr. Kate Annett-Hitchcock is a 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.

Book on Fashion and Disability is available now!

Dr. Annett-Hitchcock has released “The Intersection of Fashion and Disability: A Historical Analysis” published by Bloomsbury Visual Arts. For more information about her research related to this area, visit Disability Fashion History

The intersection of fashion and disability book cover


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


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


  • FTM 315 – Fashion Product Design
  • FTM 400 – Major Fashion Designers
  • FTM 415 – Fashion Product Development
  • FTM 497 – Senior Collection Studio
  • FTD 218 – Fashion Illustration
  • FTD 419 – Fashion Studio II
  • FTD 498 – Senior Fashion Collection
  • TTM 510 – Apparel Technology Management
  • TTM 515 – Graduate Fashion Product Design
  • TTM 587 – Graduate Fashion Collection


Ph.D. Clothing and Textiles: Business and Economics Virginia Polytechnic Institute and 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

Area(s) of Expertise

Fashion Design
Health and Well-Being


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