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Exploration Of The Perpetuating Fast Fashion Consumption Cycle: Young Women's Experiences In Pursuit Of An Ideal Self-Image, Leslie H. Simpson Jan 2019

Exploration Of The Perpetuating Fast Fashion Consumption Cycle: Young Women's Experiences In Pursuit Of An Ideal Self-Image, Leslie H. Simpson

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this qualitative study was to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of young women in emerging adulthood who consumed a large quantity of fast fashion apparel (in excess of 150 pieces annually). Using a phenomenological methodology, this study explored (a) the shopping experiences of the young women, (b) the meaning the young women attached to their clothing purchases, and (c) why the young women were buying large quantities of fast fashion.

Fourteen women between the ages of 19 and 25 from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States participated in the study. The research design ...


Discouraging The Use Of Single-Use Plastics Through Graphic Design Strategies, Monica Ann Pearson Jan 2019

Discouraging The Use Of Single-Use Plastics Through Graphic Design Strategies, Monica Ann Pearson

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Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, have become entrenched in the daily lives of college students across the country. Whether it is a plastic bag from grocery shopping, a stirrer from a morning coffee, a clamshell container for that convenient on-the-go lunch, or even a simple straw — these easily overlooked and thrown away items begin to add up. Despite advertisements for more sustainable products like metal straws, re-usable shopping bags, and ceramic coffee containers, the convenient plastic options are still being used. Despite news articles regularly showing the damage caused by plastic pollution (images of floating garbage or injured sea turtles ...


The Saudi Arabian Bride Shopping Experience, Wijdan Tawfiq Jan 2019

The Saudi Arabian Bride Shopping Experience, Wijdan Tawfiq

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In Saudi Arabia, a wedding is a significant occasion requiring extensive preparation. However, researchers have not yet explored how bride-to-be consumption patterns might be shaped in a tradition-oriented culture like Saudi Arabia. Prior literature illustrates that planning a wedding in Western societies is a personal, deeply emotional experience in which tradition and cultural values are strongly emphasized (Carter & Duncan, 2017; Nelson & Deshpande, 2004; McEnally, 2002; Thomas & Peters, 2011). The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Saudi brides-to-be as they prepared for the wedding process – including the multiple social events planned around their weddings as well as their new lives after ...


Effects Of Social Media, Electronic Word-Of-Mouth, And Price On U.S. Female Consumers’ Attitude Toward Purchase And Purchase Intention Of Ethical Apparel, Melissa Abner Jan 2019

Effects Of Social Media, Electronic Word-Of-Mouth, And Price On U.S. Female Consumers’ Attitude Toward Purchase And Purchase Intention Of Ethical Apparel, Melissa Abner

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of: (a) social media, (b) electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM), and (c) price on attitude towards purchase and purchase intention of ethical apparel products using the theory of reasoned action (TRA) (Ajzen & Fishbein, 1980). Additionally, the study investigated the importance of different ethical characteristics to U.S. female consumers in different generation groups. Using a 2 (media: video and blog) x 3 (eWOM: positive, neutral, and negative) x 2 (price: high and low) experimental design, information was disseminated to participants about a t-shirt with nine ethical characteristics: organic cotton, recycled polyester, reduced ...


Design Problem Exploration, Samantha Creeger Jan 2019

Design Problem Exploration, Samantha Creeger

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The problem generation space is a critical stage in the design process that reflects the outcome of a solution. However, limited research has been conducted on problem space within design education to aid in the creative process. Within the problem generation space, there are multiple alternative views to reframe a problem statement which ultimately impact the solution. More novel problem statements have reflected an increase in unique concepts. By providing a toolset for students to diversify their problems, new perspectives of the problem are taken into the idea generation space. Research has identified heuristics that frame a problem, which have ...


Engineering Digital Technologies: A Model For Integrating Digital Textile Printing In Costume Design And Production Education, Brianna Plummer Jan 2019

Engineering Digital Technologies: A Model For Integrating Digital Textile Printing In Costume Design And Production Education, Brianna Plummer

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The evolutionary use of digital technologies in fashion, textile, and costume design has led to significant changes in the appearances, processes, and pedagogies of the three related, yet distinct, disciplines. As multiple technologies permeate the fashion and textile industries and find their place in the costume industry, the need to educate students in the current and future methods and techniques will always be a necessity (Britt & Shaw, 2015). This study outlines the advantages of using digital textile printing (DTP) in costume/theatrical fashion design practice and promotes the integration of digital textile design (DTD) and DTP methods in costume design and production education.

The study was conducted in three phases; in Phase I the use of DTP for costumes and theatrical fashion was investigated, in Phase II costume educators were interviewed to understand the perception and use of DTP in costume programs in post-secondary ...


Virtue & Strife: Encouraging Positive Trends In Self-Concept And Societal Empathy Through Competitive Multiplayer Game Design, Casey Roy Bridgham Jan 2019

Virtue & Strife: Encouraging Positive Trends In Self-Concept And Societal Empathy Through Competitive Multiplayer Game Design, Casey Roy Bridgham

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“Know thyself.”

– Socrates

Discovering who you are as an individual within the vast multitude of people in the world is a task that takes a lifetime. What we think and what we do as cognitive, creative and social human beings is what makes us different and unique, but fully understanding what that encompasses is a difficult and sometimes fruitless pursuit of self-reflection. For centuries, philosophers, psychologists and many of history’s great thinkers alike have tackled the concept of “self” and contemplated the value of morality versus our inner demons. The goal of my thesis is to explore the relationship ...


Innovating The Apparel Industry In The United States: Designers And Small Brands Purchasing Sustainable Textiles, Jennifer Siobhan Ingram Jan 2019

Innovating The Apparel Industry In The United States: Designers And Small Brands Purchasing Sustainable Textiles, Jennifer Siobhan Ingram

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The purpose of this study was to explore the purchasing practices of designers and small apparel brands in the United States regarding sustainable textiles. In this study, sustainable textiles was defined as textiles composed of fibers that reduce negative environmental and social impact. Small apparel brands was defined as businesses of five or fewer full-time employees that produce small or large batch units or apparel to sell to stores or on a website to consumers. Due to the magnitude of environmental and social problems attributed to the apparel industry, both academic and industry literature have stressed the need to integrate ...


Domesticity + Queer Semiotics In The Aesthetic Movement, Collin Douglas Powell Jan 2019

Domesticity + Queer Semiotics In The Aesthetic Movement, Collin Douglas Powell

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This thesis explores the economic, social, and semiotic landscape surrounding the Aesthetic Movement in Britain that aided in the birth of what may be one of the first expressions of a recognizable queer sub-culture: namely a culture of queer domesticity in the nascent modern movement. This research argue that this queer expression was hidden in plain sight, deftly embedded into the complex construction of the late nineteenth-century interior, in a meta-language of objects and materiality that was symbolic and readable. Erwin Panofsky’s studies of iconography and iconology, as well as Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of taste and social class-stratification ...


Borderline: A Response To Immigration Issues In The United States During The Trump Administration (2016-2018), Yasmin Rodriguez Jan 2019

Borderline: A Response To Immigration Issues In The United States During The Trump Administration (2016-2018), Yasmin Rodriguez

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Borderline was created to speak for unlawful immigrants, first-generation Americans, and Dreamers in the United States. It was created to inform people of immigrant-related issues, deportation, and injustices occurring during Donald Trump’s presidency. Nine posters were created to make up the body of work, each reflecting on a different immigration issue; Anchor-Baby, [Import \ Export \ Deport], Dreamer, You Will Pay for It, Trump’s America No. 1, Trump’s America No. 2, Caution, This is America: “The American Dream,” and Paid for By You & Me. The body of work was shown at The College of Design’s Gallery 181 at Iowa State University. Borderline also reached users through its website (officialborderline.org) and social media; Facebook, and Instagram.


De Visualium Rhetoricorum Natura: Design, Art, Culture, Text, George Standifer Jan 2019

De Visualium Rhetoricorum Natura: Design, Art, Culture, Text, George Standifer

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With the rise of multimedia, communication took a decidedly visual turn. And while many disciplines such as design, media studies, marketing, and art history have sought to analyze and explain visuals through various academic lenses, an emphasis on the culturally situated nature of visual language, on how visuals behave within visual discourse communities, has just begun to emerge. This field of study, visual rhetoric, collates traditional rhetoric’s abundance of persuasive resources with the systematic analysis of visual elements in order to understand how visuals persuade their audiences. But even with visual rhetoric’s growth in the past few decades ...


Enhanced On-Campus Coffee Shop Interiors: Informal Learning And Design For The Millennial Students, Yi Yuan Jan 2019

Enhanced On-Campus Coffee Shop Interiors: Informal Learning And Design For The Millennial Students, Yi Yuan

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This study is an exploration into the relationship between on-campus coffee shop and Generation Y students informal learning behavior, in an attempt to better understand how an on-campus coffee shop enables students to better engage in informal learning activities. To explore this concept in depth, a quantitative investigation approach has been implemented to integrate the following aspects regarding informal learning café developments: zoning, environmental variables, food and drinks, power outlets, view nature, furniture comfort, workplace adjustments, seating options, study tools, storage space, and overall design.

This study consisted of three segments. The first segment is a literature review, a link ...


The Effects Of Artwork In A Boutique Hotel, Weicheng Chen Jan 2019

The Effects Of Artwork In A Boutique Hotel, Weicheng Chen

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Art may play a significant role in boutique hotel design projects. The goal of this thesis is to analyze the role and effects that art could have in boutique hotel design process. This paper also explores several published articles that relate to this topic. According to these articles, the artistic features used as decorative elements in boutique hotels may affect customers’ behavior and psychology especially for some hotels with specific themes.


Visibility, Transgression, And Community: An Exploratory Study Of Plus-Size Fashion Youtubers, Arienne Mccracken Jan 2019

Visibility, Transgression, And Community: An Exploratory Study Of Plus-Size Fashion Youtubers, Arienne Mccracken

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The purpose of this research was to investigate the lived experiences of plus-sized individuals who make fashion-related videos on YouTube. Women were the main, but not sole, focus of the study. There were two parts to this study. First, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 vloggers who make fat fashion videos on YouTube. A content analysis of 60 YouTube plus-size fashion videos was conducted for the second part of the research. Data were analyzed using the grounded theory method.

Findings from the interviews were organized into eight major themes: (a) past and current attitudes of plus-sized YouTubers toward their bodies ...


Impact: Identity, Belonging And Migration, Sang Eun Lee Jan 2019

Impact: Identity, Belonging And Migration, Sang Eun Lee

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This study investigates the role of immigrant artists and their impact on American culture: the contributions they make, the challenges they face, and the processes they take to resettle. How do they create art in their new environment and contribute to America’s rich cultural fabric? Through the interviews with selected immigrant artists and curation of a collaborative group art exhibition, the study aims to generate social engagements, open up conversations and persuade the community of Ames, Iowa, to be more inclusive and open to cultural diversity.

The study has two main components. The first is a qualitative study comprising ...


Making A Fashion Statement: Word-Of-Mouth Marketing On Instagram, Kasey Opfer Jan 2019

Making A Fashion Statement: Word-Of-Mouth Marketing On Instagram, Kasey Opfer

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For the fashion industry, Instagram has emerged as a primary social media platform for clothing brands, who are quickly learning how to use Instagram to share visual content in hopes of engaging consumers. This study features 13 in-depth interviews with store owners and social media professionals from local brands across the Upper Midwest. This study advances that “brand authenticity” is the most important aspect of Instagram marketing to the local fashion industry.


Taking The Lab On The Road And Bringing The Road To The Lab: On Using Mixed-Methods And Virtual Reality To Study A Location-Based Task, Kofi Whitney Jan 2019

Taking The Lab On The Road And Bringing The Road To The Lab: On Using Mixed-Methods And Virtual Reality To Study A Location-Based Task, Kofi Whitney

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In earlier work, a lab and field study were employed to evaluate participants who used a digital map to complete a surveying task. The lab incorporated photos to simulate various scenarios within the task environment. It had a high degree of experimental control, strengths in quantitative data collection, and it could be easily replicated. Whereas the field study took place in the task’s natural setting (a neighborhood); it afforded participants to navigate the environment on foot, which allowed for more ecologically valid task outcomes and rich qualitative data collection. The strengths of the lab method were desired, but the ...


Generating Branding Buzz On Social Media For A Pop-Up Store: Focused On Brand Experience, Huiwon Lim Jan 2018

Generating Branding Buzz On Social Media For A Pop-Up Store: Focused On Brand Experience, Huiwon Lim

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The purpose of this study was to determine the role of graphic designers or brands in building a good brand experience in a pop-up store for generating branding buzz on social media. Brands are trying to build up good brand experience through their branding promotions in order to get to good brand identity and image for their customers. Brands are also using diverse social media as a platform for their brand communication with their customers. Recently, a pop-up store is used as an experiential store for creating the good brand experience and for getting positive buzz related to the brand ...


Rapport: A System Designed To Limit Digital Distraction Within Romantic Relationships, Alexandria Collins Jan 2018

Rapport: A System Designed To Limit Digital Distraction Within Romantic Relationships, Alexandria Collins

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Technology continues to take a more prominent role within our relationships. Although the Internet allows for more connectivity, it also disconnects people from family and friends in face-to-face situations. As mobile digital technologies continue to advance, they create more and more opportunities for distraction and overuse. With an ever-growing market of smart devices with enhanced abilities, it's important that partners are aware of the implications of their use.

To develop a deeper understanding of how digital technology impacts romantic relationships, a digital survey and two data collection studies were administered. Vital information was collected to further develop an understanding ...


A Design Anthropology Approach To Understanding Human Wildlife Relationships: Monkeys, Local Development And Participant Conservation In Southest Costa Rica, Yibo Fan Jan 2018

A Design Anthropology Approach To Understanding Human Wildlife Relationships: Monkeys, Local Development And Participant Conservation In Southest Costa Rica, Yibo Fan

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This project uses a combined methodology of participatory design and ethnographic fieldwork to study human-wildlife relationships and explore better ways to design and implement a monkey crossing bridge in the area of Talamanca, Costa Rica. It also examines how an interdisciplinary methodology can identify the needs of three species of monkeys and local beliefs, and to integrate these things into project design. The project not only answers how participatory design might promote a favorable human-wildlife relationship, but also explores local beliefs about development and conservation. Based on my research, I argue that the design of the bridge and the process ...


Choreography And Interior Design; Using Performance Terminology To Describe Interior Experience, Maricel Lloyd Jan 2018

Choreography And Interior Design; Using Performance Terminology To Describe Interior Experience, Maricel Lloyd

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This qualitative thesis is based on literature in two fields to establish a connection between interior design and choreography. The discipline of interior design and the field of performing arts, specifically dance, are here correlated in order to show the benefit of utilizing performance terms to expand descriptive terminology for interior design. A glossary of terms determined for interior design use, drawn from current stage performance descriptors is established, in order to enhance the descriptive capabilities of interior designers, to both clients and other professionals. A history of each field is investigated to bring understanding about the origins and production ...


Left/Over Objects, Kristina Rice Jan 2018

Left/Over Objects, Kristina Rice

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This thesis is the written component of the Master of Fine Arts describing the body of work created and subsequently exhibited as Left/Over Objects, which took place at The Gallery in the Round, Ames, Iowa from March 25-May 18, 2018. These works examine the effect of using found objects in order to derive concepts as the basis for the making of art. It also investigates the symbolic form of everyday objects and the relationships we build with them. Objects and visual analysis are used to inform the artwork which consists of sculptural objects, video, and collage. The artist incorporates ...


Resurrection, Robert David Jinkins Jan 2018

Resurrection, Robert David Jinkins

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Growing up on a farm that has been in my family since 1849, I gained an admiration and reverence for the land that so many of my family members have worked. Like ghosts or spirits that walk the place, monument-like markers exist, signifying the actions and lives of those who came before me. A tractor may remain parked as it has been for years since the last time it was driven. A broken crock full of metal now slowly sinks into the earth under years of maple leaves fallen from the massive trees that my grandfather planted when he was ...


Skills And Knowledge Required For Merchandising Professionals In The South African Apparel Retail Industry, Bertha Margaretha Jacobs Jan 2018

Skills And Knowledge Required For Merchandising Professionals In The South African Apparel Retail Industry, Bertha Margaretha Jacobs

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The purpose of this study was to investigate skills and knowledge for merchandising professionals in the South African apparel retail industry. An exploratory, sequential mixed method research design was implemented in two phases. Phase I followed a phenomenological approach focused on: (a) examining merchandising positions and responsibilities and (b) identifying skills and knowledge required for apparel merchandising professionals to fulfill their positions and perform their responsibilities. Data were collected through semi-structured individual in-depth interviews from a purposive sample of 16 merchandising professionals employed within the South African retail industry. The successive Phase II employed an adaptive conjoint analysis survey to ...


An Optimization And Uncertainty Quantification Framework For Patient-Specific Cardiac Modeling, Joshua Mineroff Jan 2018

An Optimization And Uncertainty Quantification Framework For Patient-Specific Cardiac Modeling, Joshua Mineroff

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Patient-specific cardiac models can be used to improve the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. However, practical application of these models is impeded by the computational costs and numerical uncertainties of fitting them to clinical measurements from individual patients. Reliable and efficient model tuning within medically-appropriate error bounds is a requirement for practical deployment in the time-constrained environment of the clinic. In this work, we present a framework to efficiently tune parameters of patient-specific mechanistic models using routinely acquired non-invasive patient data with a hybrid particle swarm and pattern search optimization algorithm.

The proposed framework is used to tune full-cycle lumped parameter ...


Evaluation Of Consumer Perceptions And Acceptance Of Sustainable Fashion Products Made Of Bacterial Cellulose, Armine Ghalachyan Jan 2018

Evaluation Of Consumer Perceptions And Acceptance Of Sustainable Fashion Products Made Of Bacterial Cellulose, Armine Ghalachyan

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Due to tremendous contributions of the fashion industry to environmental degradation, novel sustainable materials and practices are becoming increasingly important. The purpose of this research was to investigate consumer perceptions of fashion products made from bacterial cellulose (BC), a novel sustainable material. Research objectives were to: (a) understand how consumers perceive and characterize BC material based on the senses of touch, sight, smell, and hearing; (b) identify areas for material improvement and potential barriers and motivations for consumer acceptance of products made of BC; and (c) evaluate the acceptability of BC, from a consumer perspective, as a novel material for ...


Korean Fashion Media, Beauty Ideals, And Colorism: Examining The Prominence Of Whiteness Between 2013 And 2017 In CãƒÂ©Ci Magazine, Eunji Choi Jan 2018

Korean Fashion Media, Beauty Ideals, And Colorism: Examining The Prominence Of Whiteness Between 2013 And 2017 In CãƒÂ©Ci Magazine, Eunji Choi

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The purpose of this research was to critically examine fashion magazines targeting Korean women to examine to what degree White or European beauty ideals permeate Korean cultural outlets. To analyze beauty ideal representations in these fashion magazines, I used the content analysis method and examined issues of Céci, the most popular and widely circulated fashion magazine published in Korea, from 2013 to 2017. Each individual pictured in the magazine was coded in five categories: race, skin tone, hairstyle, hair color, and facial characteristics. Descriptive statistics, Pearson’s chi-square, and independent samples t-tests were used to analyze the data ...


Packaging Design Development For Taiwanese Souvenirs, Wei-En Yang Jan 2018

Packaging Design Development For Taiwanese Souvenirs, Wei-En Yang

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Purchasing souvenirs from a foreign country is a way for tourists to preserve a memory of travel or bestow as a gift to others. Souvenirs are one of the prevalent elements that promote the identities of cultures. The purchasing preferences of souvenirs are influenced by various attributes, such as local branding, and packaging features. Therefore, distinctive souvenir packaging design can both communicate the identity of the culture and attract consumers’ attention. In addition to the basic purposes of containing, protecting, identifying, and distinguishing products, souvenir packages can deliver a cultural representation. Effective souvenir package design can be a way to ...


Leveling The Playing Field: Breaking Down Walls Between Artists And Audiences Through Generative, Interactive Visuals And Improvisation, Maggie M. Grundy Jan 2018

Leveling The Playing Field: Breaking Down Walls Between Artists And Audiences Through Generative, Interactive Visuals And Improvisation, Maggie M. Grundy

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This thesis discusses methods of achieving inclusive performance spaces through improvisation and interactive visuals. A non-linear methodology is employed, and research and projects develop side-by-side. The culmination of these projects and research is an audiovisual music project called Starlight Therapy. This music project is designed to help the researcher reach a musical flow state while performing despite anxiety, as well as create opportunities for audience engagement. Methods of diminishing power imbalances that occur between performer and audience are also explored. The researcher is neuroatypical, and thus the acceptance and understanding of neuroatypical people is major theme of this text.


Swagger Like Us: Black Millennials’ Perceptions Of 1990s Urban Brands, Courtney Danielle Johnson Jan 2018

Swagger Like Us: Black Millennials’ Perceptions Of 1990s Urban Brands, Courtney Danielle Johnson

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Hip-hop is a significant cultural and artistic phenomenon that was created in the Black community and has since spread around the world (Aldridge & Stewart, 2005). Hip-hop culture has a unique and authentic clothing style, music style, and language (McLeod, 1999). The relationship between hip-hop culture, rap music, and fashion has global appeal (Power & Hauge, 2008). This research is centered around the evolution of this cultural fashion movement in Black history as it relates to Black millennials today and their experiences fashioning their bodies. There is not a significant amount of literature on urbanwear brands that came out of hip-hop culture or the owners of these fashion brands. The purpose of this study is to examine Black millennials attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) about their perceptions and knowledge of prominent, Black-owned, urban fashion brands that emerged in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s during the hip-hop fashion revolution. Black millennials currently attending or who are alumni of HBCU’s were specifically chosen as the focus of this study because of the heightened immersion in Black culture that a HBCU environment provides. Throughout history, Black individuals have contributed significantly to American society, and hip-hop culture is one of those contributions as it was a major cultural revolution. While Black appearance and clothing has been under scrutiny in America since slavery, urbanwear fashion was a way for Black individuals to express themselves and represent their community. Ethnic dress, such as urban styles of dress, are clothing worn by individuals to express their belonging to a community with a common heritage (Kaiser, 2012; Eicher & Sumberg, 1995). The participants in this study explained their experiences with urban fashion brands, support of Black-owned brands, stereotypes associated with urban fashion, and how hip-hop and urbanwear still inspires their style today. The narratives and perceptions from Black individuals has changed over time and viewing urban fashion through the lens of various social science theories such as Critical Race Theory, Afrocentric theory, and symbolic interaction will further explain the relationship between Black millennials and 1990s ...