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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.
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The inspiration for this ensemble incorporates the natural world and the Japanese word for rebirth, saisei, or to become new again. Through the designs, the intent was to create a visual metaphor of the metamorphosis in life as the garments adapt to the changes around them.