Program and Alumni News

TWU alumna Enid Collins' iconic box bags featured in online retrospective

“That was the secret of the Collins purse: Enid Collins drew us into a clever conspiracy,” Mimi Schwartz wrote in her 1980s Texas Monthly article, "Texas Primer: The Collins Purse". “She urged us to make a ruckus, to show off—which, as it turns out, is just what those of us who were girls in the sixties grew up to do.” Collins grew up in San Antonio and majored in fashion design at Texas Woman’s University in the 1940s. 

TWU fashion merchandising alumna named new business project manager for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Shea Hopkins (2007, BAS) has been selected as an economic development and client relationship manager for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. She earned her bachelor's degree in merchandising and marketing operations at TWU and previously served as the president of the university's Fashion and Textile Association.

Dixie Group names TWU alumnus James Bourgeois vice president, Senior Living

The Dixie Group, Inc. has announced the hiring of James Bourgeois as vice president of senior living for Commercial Brands including Masland Contract and Atlas. In this new role, Bourgeois will leverage his knowledge and experience to position Masland Contract and Atlas as the leaders in all aspects of senior care with their range of resilient and soft surface commercial flooring, the company said. Bourgeois earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Clothing and Costume in 1993 from Texas Woman’s University.

TWU alumna Cynthia L. Istook named Cornelson Family Distinguished Professor

Cynthia Istook, Ph.D., professor in the department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) at NC State University, has been named the Cornelson Family Distinguished Professor of Textile and Apparel Design. The professorship was established in 1987 to help advance the field of textile and apparel design. Istook, who earned both a master's and a Ph.D. at Texas Woman's University, is a leader in her field, molding tomorrow’s pioneers and actively working to improve apparel design through emerging technology.

TWU fashion merchandising student wins Digital Store Planning and Design award at scholarship competition

TWU fashion merchandising student Tania Hernandez with her award and winning store concept, 'Dahlia'
TWU fashion merchandising student Tania Hernandez with her award and winning store concept, 'Dahlia'.


Texas Woman’s University fashion merchandising student Tania Hernandez recently won a top award in the Merchandising and Business Planning Competition sponsored by Fashion Group International (FGI) on April 20, 2018. FGI is a global, non-profit, professional organization with more than 5,000 members in fashion industry areas including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. Hernandez received second place in the category of Digital Store Planning and Design, along with a $1000 scholarship, by creating a store concept titled Dahlia, intended to focus on the strategy of digital innovation in the fashion industry by allowing retail customers to design a customized handbag in-store. 

Hernandez learned aspects of store layout and design in an upper-level TWU Fashion and Textiles course, FT4123 Retail Product Management. During the semester, through digital methods, students develop a store concept, goals and objectives, mission statement, analyze target markets, and determine key factors for success in the retail business. For the competition, a digital rendering of the storefront was created, along with a technical floor plan and ledger, as well as all interior components including lighting, wall coverings, flooring, mannequins, fixtures, and merchandise assortments. The Digital Store Planning and Design Competition proved to be successful for TWU Fashion Merchandising student Tania Hernandez, while also allowing fashion students to learn about the aspects of building a retail business in great detail throughout the development process.

Have heart: 'Go Red' features elegant fashion, message for women's health

Fashion design students from Texas Woman's University presented gowns and outfits — most of them red to honor the theme of the day — in a fashion show and competition. The designers riffed on the heart in some of their designs, using heart-shaped embellishments on the garments.

Fashion and Textiles alumna Tiana James receives JC Penney Warrior Coin

TWU Fashion and Textiles alumna Tiana James ('14) has been recognized by JC Penney for exemplifying the retail chain's core values of loyalty, passion, courage and service. James was awarded a JC Penney Warrior Coin for going above and beyond in her community and workplace. The coin, which is awarded annually to only a few associates nationwide, was presented by the company's CEO, CMO and Executive Leadership team. James creates, manages and executes JC Penney's cause marketing programs, which strengthen the brand and communities through philanthropy.

From left: TWU fashion merchandising students Andrea Rodriguez, Ashlie Wilson and Alaina Miller. Photo by Anna Magie.
From left: TWU fashion merchandising students Andrea Rodriguez, Ashlie Wilson and Alaina Miller. Photo by Anna Magie.

TWU fashion merchandising students win top prizes in scholarship competition

Texas Woman’s University fashion merchandising students Alaina Miller, Andrea Rodriguez and Ashlie Wilson took home the three top awards in the Digital Store Planning and Design category at the Fashion Group International - Dallas 2017 Scholarship Competition. Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit professional organization with more than 5,000 fashion industry members.

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Melissa Glenn's wedding dress design
Wedding dress by Melissa Glenn Designs. Photo by India Earl Photography.

Alumna's dress design featured in popular wedding style blog

Melissa Harris, Fashion and Textiles alumna and owner of Melissa Glenn Designs, designed a custom wedding gown that was recently featured in the popular wedding style blog, Green Wedding Shoes.

Fashion students “Go Red” for annual heart health event

The fashion lab at Texas Woman’s University is a flurry of activity as students prepare for the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Fashion Show and Luncheon, scheduled Friday, Feb. 10. The event pits TWU fashion students against their University of North Texas counterparts in a friendly rivalry.

TWU student Whitney Bracey breaks barriers in business, ballet and beyond

Texas Woman’s University fashion student Whitney Bracey embodies today’s Texas woman. She is an athlete and a fashionista, an entrepreneur and an advocate, an employee and a student, and she embraces each of these qualities and uses them to drive her passion to start a fashion company that is inclusive of all women.

Fashion alumna steps out into competitive outdoor design field

A trail of her own doodles followed Stephanie Perez throughout her childhood. In middle school, she began to channel that love for drawing into a budding interest in fashion design. Now, in her first job after graduating from TWU with a double major in fashion design and fashion merchandising, Perez’ designs are made to order by Wohali Outdoors, a private label fishing and rainwear company headquartered in Oklahoma.


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