Wildcats Explore Catwalks in Fashion Capitals of the World

Thursday, September 8, 2022
As part of the Norton School of Human Ecology’s Fashion Industry’s Science and Technology program, students have the opportunity to broaden their horizons in a unique study abroad program.

“Fashion influences every aspect of life,” said Elizabeth Heuisler, an assistant professor in the Norton School’s Fashion Industry’s Science and Technology program. “If you look at life’s basic needs, it’s food, shelter, and clothing.”

Far more than just looking good, fashion is a global, multi-trillion-dollar industry. As part of the Norton School of Human Ecology’s program, students learn to combine strategic thinking and design with the latest scientific and technical innovations.

Students delve into design with digital tools that minimize the use of raw materials, and explore technologies that use sustainable textiles, all with an eye toward moving the fashion industry into the future. They study data analytics, consumer behavior and fashion adoption processes; fashion theories; the lifecycle, social, and cultural processes of fashion; and the role of fashion in the global economy.

“Fashion is universal, it bridges culture and can bring people together,” Heuisler said. “In spite of language differences, when it comes to apparel and fashion, we all speak the same language. That’s why study abroad is so important.”

In collaboration with Arizona Global, the Norton School has developed an immersive and experiential learning opportunity for students through their Fashion in Paris and Milan program. Students in the program are able to put their education to the test while learning in the fashion capitals of the world.

Read more about Norton students' summer abroad experiences

Estefania Villasenor
Norton School of Human Ecology