I apologize for the gap between posts, these past few weeks have been very productive in regards to my research and travel. I am so thankful that my department made it possible for me to travel to this year’s ITAA conference. This annual meeting of industry professionals and educators has been one to remember. It’s a time for learning about new research, updated technology in the field of textiles and design, and networking with other fashion departments in universities nationwide.
Each day was filled with fascinating lectures, great food, and beautiful scenery. Held in Charlotte North Carolina this year (next year will be in Santa Fe!), there was plenty to do between lectures. The first day, my colleagues and I checked out the Mint Museum and a few local restaurants (Enso Sushi) and bakeries (Cloud 9 and Amelie’s French Bakery). The Mint Museum was insanely inspiring, it makes me want to try branching out into other areas of art.
While I totally meant to take outfit pictures, the business of each day made me forget! Regardless, here’s one I snapped quickly while alone in the elevator. For anyone considering attending a professional conference, the theme tends to lean toward business casual though some attendees wore black jeans to blazers.
Check out some of the swag I picked up from the book fair!
There were so many interesting topics of discussion to listen in on. Here were some of my favorites:
- “Bury My Heart at Coachell” The Hipster Fascination with Native American Headdresses – Lorynn R. Divita, Baylor University
- Mind-Body Transformations: Appearance and Yoga in the Hot Room – Denise Nicole Green, University of British Columbia
- Hair Coloring Orientation, Appearance Orienation, and Social Physique Anxiety – Nancy A. Rudd, Jennifer Harmon, and Jung Eun Lee, Ohio State University
- Queer Women’s Experiences Purchasing Clothing and looking for Clothing Styles – Kelly L. Reddy-Best, San Fransisco State University and Elaine Pedersen, Oregon State University
- Linking the Public, Private & Secret Self Model to Coming Out – Andrew Reilly, Univeristy of Hawaii and Kimberly Miller-Spillman, University of Kentucky
- “You Can Make Them”: A Content Analysis of Do-it-yourself Articles in Seventeen Magazine – Sara Jablon and Lori Brunner Stone, Iowa State Univeristy
- White Power Clothing: Branding a Movement – Laura K. Kidd, Southern Illinois University
Besides lectures, students, professors, and professionals displayed their works of art. It was amazing to see what kinds of materials and techniques they used when constructing these garments.
A fashion show of nearly 150 looks ended the conference. This high energy glamour fest was an excellent way to top off an evening of academics.
Whether I go next year is undecided, but either way I’ll remember this opportunity forever and will be sure to lurk the hashtag ITAA a year from now.