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Susan Hannel

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2002

Quinn Hall, Room 309C
(401) 874-2882
susanhannel@uri.edu

Susan teaches the Department's apparel courses: TMD 222 Apparel Production, TMD 335 Apparel II (Flat Pattern Making Techniques), TMD 355 Draping for Apparel, and TMD 345 CAD Apparel Design. Her research interests include dress and textile history, particularly twentieth century dress. Her dissertation, The Africana Craze During the Jazz Age: A Comparison of French and American Fashion, 1920-1940, investigated the influence of African-American music and African art and textiles on Western fashion in the 1920s and 1930s.

Before going to graduate school, Susan studied fashion design at The Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University) and the Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio.  She also taught briefly at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Her "real-life" work experience in the apparel industry included work as a pattern maker for a custom-design clothing boutique and as a production manager for a design studio. In addition, she had a short stint as a sewing machine operator for an activewear apparel manufacturer. Susan has also worked in fabric retailing for JoAnn's Fabrics, and in apparel retailing at Lazarus and Marshall Fields, both now part of Macy's.

Under her direction, URI's apparel lab has had major upgrades.  In 2006 Susan was awarded a $130k Champlin Foundation Grant for an industry standard CAD system for apparel design abd manufacture.  In 2010, the same foundation provided $82k for an inkjet fabric printing system.

Susan was named the 2011 "Apparel All-Star" by ITAA.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions in teaching/curricular development, research, and service activities in the textile and apparel field.


Publications:
  • Hannel, Susan." ‘Africana’ Textiles: Imitation, Adaptation, and Transformation During the Jazz Age" Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Spring 2006, 68-103.
  • Matthew D. Phaneuf, Martin J. Bide, Susan L. Hannel, Michael J. Platek, Thomas Monahan, Mauricio A. Contreras, Tina M. Phaneuf, Frank W. LoGerfo “Development of an Infection-Resistant, Bioactive Wound Dressing Surface”. Journal of Biomaterials Research Vol 74A (2005) 666 - 676

    Invited Chapters
  • Hannel, Susan 'Everyone can go to Harlem-and everyone does:' The Impact of Harlem on Cocktail Culture" in Joanne Ingersol, Ed. Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion 1920-1980, a catalog for an exhibit with the same Rhode Island School of Design, 2011.
  • Hannel, Susan. "The Influence of Jazz on Fashion During the 1920s" in Twentieth Century American Fashion, Linda Welters and Trish Cunningham, Eds. Berg Publications, 2005, 57-77.

    Juried Creative Work
  • Hannel, Susan. "Pahoehoe Kikepa" Pleated cotton knit bodice with piped curved seams in orange cotton, gathered cotton knit skirts with contrasting asymmetrical hems over silk chiffon skirts.  Accepted for the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, November 16, 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Sanguine" Silk charmeuse gown with piped curved seams and godets at the hem. Accepted into the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, October 21, 2010, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Gifts of Silver and Gold" Silk brocade jacket and silk velvet pants. Accepted for the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, November 4, 2005, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Papers Read at Professional Meetings
  • Hannel, Susan. "Everyone can go to Harlem-and everyone does: Fashion Magazines and Harlem Nightlife, 1920-1937." Costume Society of America, annual meeting June 2011, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Everything is Hot-tentotsy Now! Jazz Dance and Fashion During the 1920s." Costume Society of America, annual meeting May 2005, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Slave Jewelry during the Jazz Age: A Symbolic Nexus for the Oriental Harem, White Slavery and American Slavery." International Textiles and Apparel Association annual meeting November 2003, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Hannel, Susan. "A Child's Mystery Dress from the 1860s." Costume Society of America, Region I annual meeting October 2003, Durham, New Hampshire.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Nancy Cunard: Infamous Flapper." Panel presentation for "Celebrity: Lessons from the Past". Costume Society of America, Region 1 annual meeting October, 2003, Durham, New Hampshire,.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Africana Textiles in the Jazz age: The Imitation, Adaptation, and Transformation of African textile" in the proceedings for the International Textiles and Apparel Association, annual meeting August 2002, New York City, New York.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Wild African Animals and Exotic Fashion, 1920-1940" in the proceedings for the International Textiles and Apparel Association, annual meeting November 2001, Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Jazz, African Art and Fashion: Exoticism in the 1920s and 1930s." Popular Culture Association, annual meeting April 2000, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Hannel, Susan. "African-inspired Motifs in American Textiles and Fashion During the Early Twentieth Century" in the proceedings of Confluences: Fashioning Intercultural Perspectives (Lyon, France, International Textiles and Apparel Association and the Universite de la Mode, June 1997).
  • Hannel, Susan. "Use of Computer Technology for Costume and Textile Collections," panel member. Costume Society of America, national annual meeting June 1997, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Hannel, Susan. "Exploring Africanisms in American Art Deco Textiles" Costume Society of America, Region III/IV annual meeting October 1996, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Hannel, Susan, Sibley, Lucy & Jakes, Kathryn. "The Acquisition of Menswear in an American Frontier Town" in the proceedings for the International Textiles and Apparel Association, annual meeting November 1994, Monument, Colorado.