Textile, Apparel, Merchandising

Department of Human Resource Development & Performance Technologies (HRDPT)

The Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising program offers students the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed for successful careers in textiles, apparel, and the retail industry. Students in the program study apparel design, product development, history of costume, merchandising and buying, fashion marketing strategies, forecasting, and fashion business practices.

Students have opportunities to:

·         Participate in the annual events such as the Fashion Show and the Market Trip

·         Access facilities including apparel design laboratory, textile laboratory, and embroidery studio

·         Experience technologies in the textiles, apparel, and retail industry

·         Learn from faculty of experts and scholars from around the world

Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

Students may also become members of the student organizations (have link to the student organization page): Fashion Merchandising Association (FMA) and Lights, Camera, Fashion (LCF).


Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.


Student-designed wallet debuts at national event
The wallet, the collaborative effort of 15 students, was unveiled by Fort Wayne-based Natril Gear at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC on March 3.

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Fashion internship takes ISU students to Atlanta

Several Indiana State University textiles, apparel and merchandising students travelled to Atlanta for a four-day internship experience.

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Textile students win honor for cyclists’ wallet design

A wallet that a group of textiles, apparel and merchandising students created received runner-up honors in a contest by Natril Gear, a company that produces backpack-like bags for bicycles known as Luggers.

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