Garment for Conference

Texas A&M-Kingsville human science assistant professor has garment accepted for conference contest

KINGSVILLE - July 26, 2013

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Dr. Seung Bong Ko, assistant professor in human sciences, has been at Texas A&M University-Kingsville less than a year and has already earned national recognition for himself and the university. Ko designed and created a garment that was accepted into the professional juried showcase at the 104th Annual Conference of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences last month in Houston.

The design theme was Embracing and Managing Change through Family and Consumer Sciences. Ko submitted only one garment, a black dress, and it was accepted as one of 17 in the professional category.

But Ko’s garment was not your typical little black dress. The title of his garment is Hidden Management and it was designed by exploring changes in society. “The use of technological devices such as smart phones is a considerable change and such devices have become important in our daily life,” Ko said.

“However, occasionally, it is challenging for female users to carry such devices. The dress introduces an effectively placed hidden pocket under the peplum along the waistline so that wearers can carry technological devices easily while maintaining a classic silhouette,” he added. 

“The dress is intended to demonstrate innovativeness while maintaining comfort and style,” Ko said.

“We’re very proud of Dr. Ko and his creative achievements. He is a very talented designer and professor who inspires our students and brings out the best in their work,” said Dr. Kathleen Rees, Regents professor and chair of human sciences. “His innovative approach to creative scholarship, research and teaching has contributed new energy and vitality to the fashion and interiors merchandising program.”

He said when creating the dress, an attractive asymmetrical shoulder bodice was created with two darts on the princess lines. Two darts also were placed on the princess lines of the miniskirt to achieve a consistent design. The fabric is black metallic silver distressed polyester. A black invisible zipper is located on the left side of the dress for closure and a silver zipper trim is used on the peplum.

Ko originally created the dress as he was instructing his apparel construction class. “There were two big projects during the class, a skirt and a dress. I was showing the students how to make the garments.”

Ko earned his bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles from Pai Chai University, his master’s in apparel, merchandising and textiles from Washington State University and his doctorate in design housing and merchandising from Oklahoma State University. 

His research interests include green apparel retailing with cross cultural comparison, internet shopping and consumer behavior related to the use of technology.

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