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The first national meeting of textile and clothing professors took place in Madison, Wisconsin in June 1959. With a mission to advance excellence in education, scholarship and innovation, and their global applications, the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) is a professional and educational association of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.
This site provides free, public access to the ITAA annual conference proceedings beginning in 2015. Previous proceedings can be found by following the "Additional ITAA Proceedings" link on the left sidebar of this page.
As a sustainable strategy for fashion design, redundant or damaged textile waste can be refashioned and add new value through the process of upcycling. While designers can remanufacture fragments to create original garments by making use of this post-consumer waste, one challenge is to standardize one garment into a set or series as conventionally designed and produced clothing since material supplies are irregular and quantities unpredictable. Previous studies have explored the use of secondhand menâ€™s tailored jackets and neckties to recreate evening wear by utilizing inspirations from Chinese cultural elements. This design is a continuation of study on the use of upcycling combined with the concept of cultural inspiration to further determine the potential of production efficiency in upcycled designs. Furthermore, all the pieces from the original jackets have been utilized to create the design, despite small trimming for appropriate fit, in order to prevent any further textile waste.