Behind the Scenes Day (Apparel, Merchandising, and Design)

April 8, 2016

Behind the Scenes Day is designed for prospective students and their family members who are interested at taking an in-depth look at the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design major in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University and the career opportunities the degree offers. You will have the opportunity to learn about textile and apparel design, merchandising, production and historic collections during mini-presentations throughout the day. Additionally, you will be able to meet with admission counselors, faculty, and attend a dress rehearsal of the Iowa State University Fashion Show and Design Competition. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this event with their students.

Learn more about Fashion Show and view a slideshow of last year’s show.


Registration for this event opens February 1st. (Session may fill quickly.) If you have questions about registering or being placed on a waiting list, contact

Register online

Parental Permission:   Once you have successfully submitted the online registration, you need to submit a Behind the Scenes - Parental Permission Agreement form.

**Chaperones: Groups larger than 8 students will require 2 chaperones.

Cost: There is a charge of $10.00 to attend the Behind the Scenes Day and dress rehearsal, which must be paid at the time of check-in.

Tentative schedule - Behind the Scenes Day, April 8, 2016

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Early Check-in
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Admissions and Faculty Panel Conversation
11:30- 12:50 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.
Afternoon check-in
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Activities (see below)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Snack and travel time to C.Y. Stephens Auditorium
4:00 p.m. ISU fashion show dress rehearsal at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium


Where do your clothes come from? How do they start? How are they produced and marketed? How do clothes today compare with clothes of the 1960s? You will learn more about textile and apparel design, merchandising, production, and historic collections in these mini-presentations:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
    Computers are the future for the fast and fantastic world of apparel design. Unleash your creativity with computers and explore CAD possibilities.
  • Fashion - Concept to Runway
    See the exciting evolution of creativity as seniors present portfolios and share inspiration.
  • The Wonders of Textiles
    Explore the exciting world of textiles. Investigate the ways textiles are made and why they appeal to consumers. Examine textiles at the microscopic level!
  • Clothing and Your Family Tree
    See what your parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents wore– the “hot” fashions of the 20th century. From paper dresses to Olympic uniforms to high-buttoned shoes, the Costume and Textile Collection has it all!
  • Merchandise Planning - Stocking your Store
    Take part in a process of selecting styles that would be stocked in a store. Learn about basic concerns that need to be considered in the process.
  • Fashion Illustration
    Begin the design process as you pick up a pencil and practice sketching and illustration. Erasers will be furnished!
  • Patternmaking
    Learn the process of making a pattern using the draping and flat pattern methods.
  • Design Technologies
    Experience an introduction to digital printing, body scanning, embroidery and assorted other technologies for design and product development.
  • Creativity
    Interact with fellow students to solve a problem as you challenge the creative and critical thinking aspects of your brain.
  • Cultural Perspectives of Dress
    Draw inspiration from the colors, motifs, and techniques off clothing made and worn all over the world.
  • Visual Merchandising
    Work in teams to style a look ready for display in a boutique window.

For more information, contact

Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
031 MacKay Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1120
(515) 294-7474 or 1-800-522-0683
FAX: (515) 294-6364

  • Contact Information

    Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management
    031 MacKay Hall
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1120
    (515) 294-7474 or 1-800-522-0683
    FAX: (515) 294-6364