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The Butterfly Effect: Exploring The Behavior Of Change Through Transformable Clothing, Miranda Skitzki Apr 2018

The Butterfly Effect: Exploring The Behavior Of Change Through Transformable Clothing, Miranda Skitzki

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Butterfly Effect is a transformable eveningwear collection inspired by the behavior of change. The eveningwear market faces the challenge of a short garment life cycle, and most gowns are only worn once. Transformable clothing allows one garment to be changed to create two or more different looks, which encourages it to be worn multiple times. By using modular transformations, individual parts that move independently, the wearer can customize the garment to fit her needs and strengthen her personal connection with the clothing.

The collection development began with research on the inspiration and concept of transformation. A study was conducted ...


The Pussy Hat: An Intersection Between Needlework, Feminism, And Identity, Tyshaia Z. Earnest, Catherine Armoroso Leslie Ph.D. Apr 2018

The Pussy Hat: An Intersection Between Needlework, Feminism, And Identity, Tyshaia Z. Earnest, Catherine Armoroso Leslie Ph.D.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

On January 21, 2017, over one million individuals participated in the Women’s March on Washington. Media coverage noted the “strong collective visual statement” created by a “sea of bright pink” pussyhats with top corners resembling cat ears (Reuters, 2017, para. 1). Months before, a campaign distributed simple patterns to knit, crochet, or sew these distinctive hats. The making and wearing of pussyhats present an interesting evolution in feminism and the recent phenomenon termed “craftism.” The purpose of this study was to employ Identity Theory to explore the making and wearing of pussyhats as “a weapon of resistance for women ...


Up In Smoke, Carol Li Apr 2018

Up In Smoke, Carol Li

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The following thesis will investigate the effects of rapid industrialization in my hometown, Pittsburgh, that took place in the 19th century, and in response this thesis will be centered around the philosophy of zero-waste. In its heyday, Pittsburgh was one of the centers of the American manufacturing boom. With an abundance of natural resources and an advantageous geographic location, the city was perfectly primed for rapid growth through industrialization. This surge in development improved the city’s economy, transportation, and living standards; however, these improvements were not without negative repercussions. Besides the adverse effects the manufacturing industries had on the ...


Solution For Make-Up Artists Bound To A Wheelchair, Abby Shroyer, Kathryn Doyle, Yidan Hu, Annie Proemm Apr 2018

Solution For Make-Up Artists Bound To A Wheelchair, Abby Shroyer, Kathryn Doyle, Yidan Hu, Annie Proemm

Undergraduate Research Symposium

After discovering the vast amount of people living their life in a wheelchair, it is disappointing to see their limitations within the fashion industry. Finding a product that benefits a specific career for their needs is essential and not a priority in the world. In discovering the difficulties of workspace access for make-up artists bound to a wheelchair, we created a solution through making a detachable table and make-up bag. This allows for the customer to easily transfer necessities from home to the appointment while also having access to her beauty products alongside. The table we designed allows a handle ...


A Day In The Park: An Interactive Children’S Wear Collection To Endorse Creativity And Individuality, Ashley Saeli Apr 2018

A Day In The Park: An Interactive Children’S Wear Collection To Endorse Creativity And Individuality, Ashley Saeli

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The collection designed looks at how children interact with their clothing. The goal of the collection was to achieve design through a child’s eyes and their perception. The garments in the collection were designed to lend towards the use of the child’s own imagination as well as to promote the wearer’s individuality. To achieve these designs, first hand research was done through IRB approved interviews of girls ages 6-10 to capture real children’s opinions about what they would like from their clothing. The input from these interviews was used when designing and redesigning the collection to ...


Uncensored, Cara Barnes Apr 2018

Uncensored, Cara Barnes

Undergraduate Research Symposium

For my research based fashion collection, I was inspired by the positive impact that hip hop has made for black culture. Hip hop has made a strong influence on black culture in many ways by conscious rappers who use it. Like for example the song “Keep Your Head Up” by Tupac Shakur focuses on the fact that giving up shouldn’t be an option because there are brighter days to come. The messages in these songs promote empowerment, inspiration and positivity in the black community.

The collection is entitled “Uncensored” which consists of street/ sportswear garments that are heavily influenced ...


Blinded, Bakhita Mukundi Apr 2018

Blinded, Bakhita Mukundi

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Merriam Webster describes prejudice as, “(1): preconceived judgment or opinion (2): an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge” (Merriam-Webster.com, 2018). Prejudice is a fear and misunderstanding of the unknown. One must be on the outside looking in to judge anything or anyone. If one could relate then they would not fear it or treat it differently.

This thesis addresses all forms of prejudice: race, gender, people with disabilities, the LBGTQ community, Muslims and anyone who has ever been wrongfully stereotyped or treated differently simply because they are different from the majority. Prematurely judging ...


Where 100% Performance Cotton Stands In The Athleisure Market, Kaycee Criss, Olyvia Hogie Apr 2018

Where 100% Performance Cotton Stands In The Athleisure Market, Kaycee Criss, Olyvia Hogie

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The athleisure market’s newest innovation is producing a 100% cotton fabric that is comfortable, soft yet durable and light enough to be used for athletic activity. Athleisure wear is a large market that cotton has started to capitalize on. This study will question on how performance cotton compares to the favored characteristics of man-made performance fibers when being used during intensified workouts. To answer this research question, this study will design an experiment that will be demonstrated on girls, ages 18-23. During this study, each person will perform a workout in 100% cotton performance wear and then perform a ...


Adaptive Aesthetics, Tracy Vollbrecht Apr 2018

Adaptive Aesthetics, Tracy Vollbrecht

Undergraduate Research Symposium

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately one fifth of the U.S. population has some form of disability (2009). While representing a significant percent of the consumer market in the fashion industry in America, people with disabilities face a lack of functional yet fashionable clothing that both meets their needs and expresses their personal style. Despite their additional clothing issues, people with disabilities have the same expectations of clothing as people without disabilities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate current issues faced by people with disabilities in relation to their clothing and the fashion industry, gather ...


Consumers' Perception On Modified Cotton In The Athleisure Market, Mckinna Kahl, Katherine M. Nuss Apr 2018

Consumers' Perception On Modified Cotton In The Athleisure Market, Mckinna Kahl, Katherine M. Nuss

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The cotton industry has seen a rise in demand due to the increasing popularity of the athleisure clothing market. The disruption in the market has created a need for higher preforming materials to better suit the mobility, strength, and performance of the athleisure garments for the user. Modifications to the DNA of the cotton plant have been found to increase these performing factors, along with the combination of synthetic fibers. Studying the effects that modified cotton plants have on the consumer is a key piece of knowledge due to the fact that our clothing is largely based of the product ...


Cradle To Grave Cotton Product Life-Cycle: How Can Excess Waste Water Be Recycled ?, Dana Knight, Sade Cole Apr 2018

Cradle To Grave Cotton Product Life-Cycle: How Can Excess Waste Water Be Recycled ?, Dana Knight, Sade Cole

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Through literature review, this study entails concerns of waste- water used in the process of making apparel. Consumers’ behavior was not a determining factor in apparel purchased due to lack of knowledge of harmful environmental effects. This study is about how consumers perceive water waste and practices to extend the life of excess water use attained during the cotton product life-cycle. This study will implement an experimental design to answer the research question. Conducted research will challenge dye inclusive water waste practices by formulating an experiment using the variables 1lb of cotton t-shirts 3 gallons of water, and blue dye ...


Firefly, Michelle Park, Paramanand Deginal, Naser Madi, Elena Blaginykh Apr 2018

Firefly, Michelle Park, Paramanand Deginal, Naser Madi, Elena Blaginykh

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Purse designs changed over the years but we have yet to see a big leap in the purse world. Firefly is a smart purse that incorporates technology to enhance communication in everyday life. Crafted out of fiber-optic material and a 3D-printed Firefly decal, this purse incorporates a removable small computer that easily links up to the owner’s cellular device. Upon receiving a notification, the purse fabric lights up in various beautiful patterns, just as fireflies do when they communicate. Offering a rich range of notification patterns that capture users attention, and creating a new form of wearable technology experience ...


Zero-Waste: A Technical Challenge For A Technical Designer, Casey Hoelle Apr 2018

Zero-Waste: A Technical Challenge For A Technical Designer, Casey Hoelle

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Waste in the garment industry has always been a problem, however recently has come to light. More and more people are beginning to acknowledge the waste affair that occurs during the creation of the garment as well as throughout the lifecycle of a garment. In majority of garment’s lifecycle, they end up going to waste and in the creation excess fabric is wasted. Due to this unfortunate truth, I accepted the challenge to attempt to produce a garment with zero-waste. I believe this is important for me as a designer to make an impact on my side of a ...


Ophidia, Katie Crum, Katie Elizabeth Crum Apr 2018

Ophidia, Katie Crum, Katie Elizabeth Crum

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Ophidia

Katie Crum

The research for my fashion collection was investigating how the ready to wear market can incorporate artisan work to provide consumers quality, lasting garments that are distinctive. The inspiration for this collection was from the texture’s found from a snake’s lifespan. The fast fashion industry moves quickly, trying to keep up with new trends. This cycle is creating a huge amount of textile waste. The mass production of garments is lowering the quality of the garments and this fast pace industry is leaving out craftsmanship. The goal for this collection is to bring back the ...


Vr: Up-Cycling Fabric Scraps, Leticia Dimushi Apr 2018

Vr: Up-Cycling Fabric Scraps, Leticia Dimushi

Undergraduate Research Symposium

VR is a womanswear collection, designed by Leticia Dimushi. This collection attempts to answer the question on how to reuse scraps in the industry, designing around the material found and leaving as little waste behind.

75% of all fabric is not recyclable, therefore every scrap that ends up in soil, causes exponential damage in the long run. The problem chosen to give an alternative solution to, is closing the loop from fabric production to garment manufacturing.

The collection is made of 90% scraps and donated fabric, with the addition of purchased trims and findings. The inspiration being VR games relates ...


Color Blindness: A Creative Exploration Designing For Sight Challenged Individuals, Kendall De Perrier-Lewis, Kimberly Morelli, Martin Kim Apr 2018

Color Blindness: A Creative Exploration Designing For Sight Challenged Individuals, Kendall De Perrier-Lewis, Kimberly Morelli, Martin Kim

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Our goal is to highlight the advantages of those who are affected by color blindness and who are visually impaired by developing a print pattern on constructed garments. Our customer we chose is a young adult male that has a colorblind disorder. The customer is one of ten percent of the male population that is colorblind. Our field research consists of primary and secondary sources. Primary sources consist of: a personal interview with people who are sight challenged by uncovering their needs and accommodations with apparel; reaching out to the sight challenged community and observing their life experience with sight ...


Connectivity Within The Encrypted Collection, Anastasiya Akhundova Apr 2018

Connectivity Within The Encrypted Collection, Anastasiya Akhundova

Undergraduate Research Symposium

  1. The collection Encrypted by Anastasiya Akhundova looks to the acceptance of merging technology and fashion together as the research problem. Technology needs to play a bigger role in fashion’s future to aid in advances for both design and the human body. The designer proposes that if elements of connectivity are incorporated between wearable technology, the wearer and society, then the idea of wearable technology will cease to be daunting in the future.
  2. The designer focused on exploring ways of connection and arrived at QR codes. By being physically attached to garments, the codes provide a new function to fashion ...


Stylish Safety Worldwide, Kara Gottesman, Sabrinna M. Islam Ms., Chuanlin Lin Apr 2018

Stylish Safety Worldwide, Kara Gottesman, Sabrinna M. Islam Ms., Chuanlin Lin

Undergraduate Research Symposium

To be stylish and functional are two things that the modern day globetrotter put extreme value on. With this in mind we have created a designer jacket that will take you and everything you need to exciting destinations. Our jacket has room for the all of the essentials; passports, birth certificates, maps, a phone, a built in wallet and even a pocket where you can store medical supplies and/or snacks. In many countries pickpocketing and robbery are very real issues and a major concern for those who are traveling to or within them. Many young people desire the freedom ...


Katharine Hepburn: Dressed For Stage And Screen, Jean L. Druesedow Jan 2018

Katharine Hepburn: Dressed For Stage And Screen, Jean L. Druesedow

Kent State University Museum

No abstract provided.


The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal, Cva Gallery Jan 2018

The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal, Cva Gallery

School of Art Galleries Exhibition Catalogs

No abstract provided.


A Magazine Spring 2017, Tess Cottom, Kendall Becker, Brooke Davis, Marissa Nichol, Hallie Saculla, Betsy Garwood, Szalay Miller Apr 2017

A Magazine Spring 2017, Tess Cottom, Kendall Becker, Brooke Davis, Marissa Nichol, Hallie Saculla, Betsy Garwood, Szalay Miller

A Magazine

No abstract provided.


Untitled Artwork 4, Spencer Kalsbeek Apr 2017

Untitled Artwork 4, Spencer Kalsbeek

ICON

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Untitled Photograph 2, Ryan Kinney Apr 2017

Untitled Photograph 2, Ryan Kinney

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Untitled Artwork 1, Alyssa Pakalnis Apr 2017

Untitled Artwork 1, Alyssa Pakalnis

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Front Cover, Ryan Kinney Apr 2017

Front Cover, Ryan Kinney

ICON

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Untitled Artwork 2, Samantha Lamancusa Apr 2017

Untitled Artwork 2, Samantha Lamancusa

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Icon Spring 2017 Apr 2017

Icon Spring 2017

ICON

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Untitled Photograph 1, Spencer Kalsbeek Apr 2017

Untitled Photograph 1, Spencer Kalsbeek

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Untitled Photograph 3, Spencer Kalsbeek Apr 2017

Untitled Photograph 3, Spencer Kalsbeek

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Untitled Artwork 3, Ryan Kinney Apr 2017

Untitled Artwork 3, Ryan Kinney

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