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Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design

Last modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2007

World renowned dress scholar to speak at IU's Whittenberger Auditorium

March 21, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Joanne B. Eicher, emeritus regents' professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Design, Housing and Apparel and one of the world's foremost authorities on dress and culture, will visit the Indiana University Bloomington campus to deliver a free, public presentation titled "My Life with the F Word" on April 9, 2007.

Joanne Eicher

Joanne B. Eicher will discuss in an upcoming lecture "My life with the F word."

Sponsored by the Indiana University Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design (AMID) -- with financial support from the Bill Blass/Indiana University Lecture Series -- Eicher's presentation will recount her experiences as a global fashion researcher and scholar. "My Life with the F Word" is open to IU students, faculty, staff and interested community residents, and will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union.

During her research and teaching career, Eicher has authored and co-authored many books on dress, culture and society. She is currently editing the 10-volume World Encyclopedia of Dress and Adornment, to be published between 2007 and 2012, and is a consulting editor for Berg Publishers. She also owns one of the largest private collections of West African/Nigerian textiles in the United States.Indiana University's Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design is a multidisciplinary academic environment within the university's College of Arts and Sciences that helps motivated students shape their futures in retail and design fields.

The department's educational programs offer a blend of academic theory combined with practical knowledge and skill-building techniques to encourage critical, independent thinking by students and to prepare graduates to be leaders in their chosen fields. Located in Memorial Hall on the IUB campus, AMID enrolled more than 450 undergraduate majors in the fall semester.