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About Ellen C. McKinney

My primary research focuses on theory in patternmaking. My area of specialization is apparel sizing and fit with interest in the use of technology to develop patternmaking theory for improved garment fit, how apparel consumers, retailers and wholesalers impact and are impacted by garment fit, and teaching fitting techniques. My creative production is related to my research in apparel fit and patternmaking theory.


Present Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 - International Textile and Apparel Association 2014 Annual Conference Research and Teaching Scholarship Award for Paper of Distinction in the Merchandising: Visual & Promotion Track. For Investigating Online Reviews of Formalwear Rented Online: Information Generated by Female Consumers in Rent the Runway Sites.
  • 2004 - Present International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)
  • 1994 - Present Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society in Family and Consumer Sciences


  • Patternmaking I
  • Technical Design Processes
  • Fashion Forecasting and Product Development

Contact Information

1071 LeBaron
626 Morrill Rd
Ames, IA 50011-2100


ITAA Conference Proceedings (42)