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TMD News

Spring 2014

  • In May, the TMD Department will graduate its next class of around 70TMD majors and 10 TM majors! Congrats to each and every one of our graduates! We hope to hear of their successes and will report what we hear on our 'recent graduates' page.  We recently analyzed the class that graduated in 2012: 86% of them completed their degrees in four years, and 98% in five years.


  • That same analysis revealed that more than 50% of the 2012 graduating class completed internships, and 35% studied abroad.  URI's TMD program is a leader in experiential learning and providing opportunities for global exposure.  This semester students are studying in Florence and in London.
  • In the continued development of our dual degree (TMD and French, TMD and Italian) programs, URI has a new affiliation with a fashion-art-design school in Paris, Mod Spe. Our new affiliate in Florence, Accademia Italiana, has already hosted URI students. As usual, many of our students are studying abroad this semester, with Florence being the most popular destination.
  • Yvette Harps-Logan accompanied 16 students on the Study tour of London and Paris in January. URI has recently introduced its "J-term" but the study tour has been a part of our curriculum for more than 25 years. Below, a group in front of Somerset House in London.


  • The Textile Honor Society is now in its second year.  They hosted a panel discussion on "undergraduate research" on Feb 27th.


  • New York!  Barry Emanuel (URI alum) sponsored a select group of TMD students to travel to New York on April 1st to meet fashion industry executives.


  • On September 28th 2013 Blaire Gagnon and graduate student Mary Elizabeth Corrigan participated in the historic automobile display at the Marshall Steam Museum, Auburn Heights Preserve in Yorklyn DE.  They took three dusters, goggles and an opera coat from our Historic Collection to augment a display of antique cars.  Posters from Blaire's TMD 524 class that explored fashion, cars and advertising were on view.


  • The next gallery exhibit opening in mid-February is "The other white dress".  This follows the exhibit of wedding wear over the centuries.


  • The department and four of its faculty members were featured in a cover story in SO Rhode Island magazine. Great exposure for us!

  • Sheng Lu received $37,000 from Cotton Incorporated to host a conference in Fall 2014.
  • Karl Aspelund received $15,000 from URI's research office to work on the 100 year starship project and will begin to figure out what to wear in space for multi-year journeys.


  • Graduate students: Sarah Templeton is working as an assistant buyer for Orvis in Manchester VT: Sarah Lockram is an allocation analyst with Bebe in San Francisco. Hillary Baker and Catherine Murphy have recently graduated.

  • The seminar class (TMD 402) is the "capstone class" for the department's majors. It runs with a different theme each spring semester, and features a series of guest speakers from industry. This semester, the theme is Fashion in the Digital Age"
  • We thank our part-time teachers for their contributions: Meg DeCubellis, who also teaches at RISD, is again teaching the apparel design course. Diane Martin and Susan Jerome are teaching TMD 225 (Apparel I). We welcomed back Richard Malachowski to teach Textile Performance. Deborah Baronas, a well known artist and designer in Rhode Island, continues to teach the CAD course, TMD 346.  Lisa Foster, the owner of Reconstructure LLC in Providence joins us to teach TMD 226.  Rachel LoMonaco continues with TMD 103 and a section of 313, and Jan Doyle is working her magic on the looms in the weaving course (TMD 355)