Our students and faculty study apparel design and fiber science through the art of design, the science of chemistry and physics, the application of management principles, and the perspective of history.
Textiles today are innovative, life saving, creative, global, all around you and thriving right here in North Carolina. Our textile students build their education on a foundation of science that takes them to fashion houses, NASA, apparel design companies, laboratories, graduate school and beyond.
In order to reliably produce soft-matter technologies and validate our theories and designs, we continue to develop new methods of fabrication. These methods are based on existing techniques in rapid prototyping and soft lithography and allow for test samples to be produced in minutes or hours.
The ‘TechStyleLAB’ is located in the Fashion School to support learning/teaching, research and commercial investigation of digital design and production technologies in the fashion context. The goal of the TechStyleLAB is to create a model for exploring more localized, sustainable and creative digital supply chains for the fashion industry. A key impact of the TechStyleLAB concept lies in demonstrating how digital design and manufacturing software/hardware can be used in conjunction with rich media interfaces to create dynamic workflows for the on‐demand production of textile/fashion products.
The Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center was established in 2013 as a University-wide strategic initiative for research innovation. The Center pursues activities at the intersection of Technology, Design, and Entrepreneurship, a reframing of Drexel’s founding pillars of Art, Science, and Industry for the modern age.
"The Manufacturing Solutions Center is a non-profit organization located in Conover, North Carolina. We are a division of the Catawba Valley Community College. Our mission is to improve, develop and create. We strive to improve quality and efficiency, develop new products and create/retain jobs. We are a multi-faceted center offering several different services. Some services include standardize testing, product development, training (hosiery, software, industrial, etc), engineering, and many more. Let Manufacturing Solutions Center be the solution to your problem." Take the Hosiery 101/102 Class to learn more about Fibers and Yarns. Take the Stoll M1+ Programming class to learn more about programming flat bed knitting machines.
A complete series of six workshops aimed at entrepreneurs in sewn products. Each workshop focuses on a specific production topic broken down into actionable steps. The series provides a comprehensive view of the entire apparel supply-chain process from design concept to shippable garments (or bags, shoes, hats, or whatever you intend to make).
"The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is a hub for ethical fashion and design that provides designers with the resources they need to transform their ideas into successful businesses." Check out Classes, Fellowships, and Certificate Programs on their website!