May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Interior Design and Fashion Studies

Barbara Anderson, Head
Melody LeHew, Director of graduate studies

213 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Fax: 785-532-3796



Graduate education in Fashion Studies provides opportunities to advance knowledge in fashion and merchandising with an emphasis on environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Facilities and Equipment

Product Development Laboratories

The recently renovated apparel product development laboratory includes industrial sewing, pressing, and patternmaking equipment, ergonomic furnishings, and high-tech teaching technologies. Industry standard software and hardware, such as OptiTex and Adobe Suite, are used for product development, patternmaking, and technical specifications. 

A GTCO Calcomp RD3 pattern digitizer, wide format plotters, Structure Sensor, Vicon Bonita 10 motion capture system, and Novel pliance X are available for research related to anthropometrics, clothing sizing, and patternmaking. A variety of software, including AnthroScan and Geomagic are used to manipulate scanned data. Plus, a set of Tobii Eye-tracking Glasses Pro 2 and Tobii Data Analyzer software are available for behavioral research.

The natural dye laboratory is equipped for dyeing, printing, and steaming textiles for research and creative inquiry projects. Equipment includes a bullet steamer, and a colorimeter, which is available for colorfastness tests.  

Historic Costume and Textile Museum

The Historic Costume and Textile Museum is a notable collection of traditional and artistic artifacts, available for scholarly research. With over 15,000 holdings, the collection includes several Nelly Don dresses, wearable art from Anita Luvera Mayer, American quilts, haute couture, salon shoes, military uniforms, Byzantine-era textiles, Chinese and other ethnic textiles, and clothing and textiles from famous and not-so-famous mid westerners. Beginning in the early 20th century, the collection’s holdings are still augmented by friends, faculty, and Kansas State University alumni who have lived and traveled throughout the world.

Admission and application

Application procedures

Applicants follow the Application Process of the Kansas State University Graduate School available at The Kansas State University Graduate School requires that all application packages be fully complete before review by the graduate faculty in the department.

Applications are reviewed after they are complete in the online application system and the application fee has been paid. IDFS graduate faculty review applications and decide whether to recommend admission at monthly graduate program meetings. It is advised that applicants contact graduate faculty members prior to applying to ensure there is a match between the applicants’ research interests and faculty expertise. If admission is recommended by the IDFS graduate faculty, the Graduate School conducts a final review. In the event the faculty decide against admission, the applicant is notified by letter sent via email.


Financial aid is available through a limited number of teaching and research assistantships. Graduate students selected for an assistantship receive a monthly stipend and may be eligible for a tuition reduction or waiver. Assistantship applications are due January 8 with a decision announced by March 15.