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A Tradition for 100 Years

During the 20th century, dressmaking evolved into product development, variety store evolved into mass merchandisers, and textile production shifted from the use of natural fibers to manufactured fibers to microfibers. Throughout it all, TWU has maintained programs in fashion design and fashion merchandising.

Location of Classes

All programs in Fashion and Textiles are offered in Denton, Texas on the Denton campus. On campus, the programs are housed in the Old Main Building (OMB), the original building on the TWU campus. The program office is in 415 OMB and program classrooms are on the 2nd and 4th floors of OMB.


Program facilities for teaching and research are extensive. Fashion design laboratories utilize commercial apparel manufacturing machines and computer equipment, and are arranged to simulate industry production facilities, enhancing the study of mass production methods common in the industry.   Facilities for study in textiles include industrial laboratory equipment. The department is a member of the National Retail Federation (NRF), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI).

Academic Excellence

Fashion and Textiles is proud of its academic excellence, including an international reputation in fabric care.  Faculty members consistently present scholarly work at state, national, and international conferences and publish in state, national, and international publication.  In addition, each year, several Fashion and Textiles majors are members of the Honors Scholar Program at TWU while others graduate with the highest honors bestowed by the university.

Creative and Technical Excellence

Routinely, students from programs in Fashion and Textiles at TWU are presented with awards at FGI/TFFC Career Day held in Dallas each spring at the Dallas Market Center. Career Day is an annual event for university students majoring in areas within fashion programs and is sponsored by the Dallas chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI). Students from over 50 universities and community colleges throughout the South, Southeast, and, Midwest regularly attend the event.

At Career Day, in addition to a variety of informative presentations by fashion industry professionals, participants attend a fashion show that features garments designed and constructed by university students, and entered into the fashion design competition. Prior to the fashion show, garments are judged by a panel of industry experts in a variety of categories, and winners in each of the categories are announced at the end of the show.

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