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Trevor Little


Trevor J. Little is a Professor of Textile And Apparel Management in the Wilson College of Textiles at NC State University. He graduated from the University of Leeds, England with B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Textiles and has worked with CSIRO in Australia, Philadelphia Wilson College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University), Danskin Inc., and NC State University since 1984. His research interests include functionally tailored textiles, nanofibers, developing and delivering products that meet current consumer demand, automated garment design, digital printing and electrotextiles.


The business of fashion worldwide employs an estimated 18 million people engaged in the production, design, and development of fashion. Currently, in the USA, over one million people are employed in the retailing of fashion and about 200,000 employed in fashion apparel production across the USA. Research for the fashion industry covers many different disciplines in both the technologies and management of manufacturing. An important aspect of fashion is how to design a continuous stream of new products is the least possible time so that the consumer has an increasing selection of product. Technology plays a crucial role to assist the designer in 2D, 3D, correct fit, pleasing drape, physiological and psychological comfort, functionally tailored performance and aesthetics. The ability to prepare prototypes and samples rapidly often provide a competitive advantage. Sourcing and logistics further enhance a firms ability to attract repeat business. My research interests include manufacturing and management, new product development, design for manufacturability, mass-customization, simulation,  technology development, and economic competitiveness.


  • International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology  Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management  Editorial Board Member
  • Bobbin Magazine  Editorial Advisory Board Member
  • TC2  Technical Advisory Board Member
  • AAFA  Supply Chain Leadership Committee Member
  • AAFA  Sewn Products Resource Council Member
  •  Sewn Products Resource Council Member


  • FTM 318 – Fashion Development Process ,
  • FTD 200 – Design Skills Workshop ,
  • TTM 510 – Apparel Technology ,


PhD Department of Textile Industries University of Leeds 1974

BS Textile Industries (Hons) University of Leeds 1971

BS Textile Industries University of Leeds 1970

Area(s) of Expertise

Fashion Design


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