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Thursday, March 24 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Empowering Economic Improvement through Clothing and Textile Knowledge

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Economic improvement for low-income Americans is an issue that touches rural and urban areas alike. Clothing is a common element for all humans, however clothing and textile education has received little attention for several decades. Consequently, consumers lack the knowledge to make properly informed decisions about the purchase, care, and maintenance of clothing. Another unfortunate byproduct of this situation is the overabundance of low-priced, low-quality clothing that is discarded (Ruppert-Stroescu, LeHew, Armstrong, and Connell, 2015).

This session will begin with the top 10 misconceptions about clothing, and provide tools to transform unusable textile products into a viable means of projecting a professional image, and contributing to a confident, productive lifestyle. Participants will be empowered to change personal consumption habits, improve appearance, and increase disposable income. They will be able to communicate that through the application of clothing and textile knowledge people can save money, improve chances of employment, enhance opportunities for job advancement, and cultivate practices that will contribute to a sustainable future.

Ruppert-Stroescu, M., LeHew, M. L., Armstrong, C. M., & Connell, K. Y. H. (2015). Creativity and Sustainable Fashion Apparel Consumption: The Fashion Detox (vol 33, pg 167, 2015). CLOTHING AND TEXTILES RESEARCH JOURNAL, 33(4), NP1-NP1.

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Mary Ruppert-Stroescu

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
I teach and do research at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Design, Housing, and Merchandising. My professional fashion design and entrepreneurship experience in the US, Europe, and North Africa provide a background for teaching about creativity and fashion design and researching about wearable electronic textile sensing systems and sustainable textiles. Extension in Illinois was a big part of my youth, for myself (4-H) and for my... Read More →

Thursday March 24, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm

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