Anne McInnis

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

PhD Candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant | Lamar Dodd School of Art Interdisciplinary Fellow


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Textile Sciences (International Merchandising Emphasis) University of Georgia 2023
B.A. Visual Arts (Fine Art Emphasis) State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College 2017


My qualitative research explores age, experience, and creative labor in the fashion industry workplace. I examine the sociocultural and socioeconomic aspects of the New York fashion and textiles industry, the complexity of working and ageing in its youth-centric, visual culture, and intergenerational collaboration in the workplace. 

My visual art represents multi-sensory narratives that reflect personal and social identities in group memberships. I use materials as metaphors to explore mis/perception, connection, and alterity. 



University of Georgia (UGA): Lamar Dodd School of Art

  • ARST 3730 Screen Printing: Fall 2022

University of Georgia (UGA): Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors (TXMI) and Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)

  • TXMI 3210: Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising: Fall 2021
  • FACS 2000E: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences: Spring 2021
  • TXMI 2010: Creativity and the Design Process: Spring 2019 
  • TXMI 2350: Design Fundamentals for Interiors: Fall 2018 

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) New York, NY: Textile/ Surface Design and Textile Development and Marketing 2006-2012

  • TD237: Experimental Wovens 
  • TD331: Woven Design
  • TS111: Fundamentals of Textiles


  • TXMI 3210E: Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising: Summer 2021
  • FACS 2000E: Fall 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2019
  • TXMI 3530E Apparel Quality Analysis: Summer 2020
  • TXMI 4260 Global Sourcing & Logistics of Textile Products & Apparel: Spring 2018, Fall 2017
  • TXMI 4250 Survey of Apparel & Soft Goods Manufacturing: Spring 2018, Fall 2017

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Ralph Lauren Director of Fabric Operations: Home 2013-2014
12: modern antiquities Partner & Managing Director 2010-2013
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia AVP Design Director: Textiles 2007-2010
Fashion Institute of Technology Part-Time Faculty 2006-2012
The Robert Allen Group Director of Design 2005-2006
ACG Denim/ Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) Director of Product Development and Design 1998-2001


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
2022 Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Dean/ UGA 2022
Willson Center Graduate Research Award Willson Center for Humanities and Art 2022
Cade Prize 2021: EcoaTEX: Sustainable Textile Coating, Dyeing, and Finishing: Marketing and Business Development Lead Cade Museum, Gainesville, FL 2021
Dodd Interdisciplinary Fellow Lamar Dodd School of Art/ UGA 2021 and 2022
Georgia Research Alliance (GRA): EcoaTEX-Eco-Friendly Textile Coatings; Marketing and Business Development Lead GRA 2021
FACS Fund for Excellence College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Dean/ UGA 2021
Georgia Research Alliance (GRA): EcoaTEX-Eco-Friendly Textile Coatings; Marketing and Business Development Lead GRA 2020
Leila Alberta Ritchie Mize Endowment College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Dean/ UGA 2020
National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps: Sustainable Functional Nanocellulose Hydrogels; Industry Mentor NSF I-corps 2019
UGA Career Advocate for Students UGA Career Center 2019
Jan M. Hathcote Social Science Support Fund College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Dean/ UGA 2018
Cotton Incorporated Textile Designer Award: 2000, 1997, 1992, 1990: multiple winner for denim and woven apparel textiles Cotton Inc. 2000


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
American Alliance of Museums member Current
Surface Design Association member Current
UGA Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee Graduate student representative 2019-2022
UGA Graduate Student Seminar Committee 2019


Spring 2023: supervised TMI undergraduate CURO student under the direction of Dr. Katalin Medvedev.

October 2018: NYC to ATH Fashion DIY Event. Created, curated and co-directed the FACS inaugural “NYC to ATH Fashion DIY Event” as part of the FACS Week celebrations for their centennial.

Advisory Committee

Katalin Medvedev, PhD, advisor

Patricia Hunt-Hurst, PhD

Lilia Gomez-Lanier, PhD

Toni Miles, MD, PhD

Areas of Expertise

Textile design (woven and printed); screenprinting on fabric; denim; product development; sustainability in fashion and the built environment; color and trend forecasting; fiber to finished product; New York fashion and textile industry; supply chain; global textile sourcing and manufacturing; wet/dry garment processing and finishing; soft home/soft flooring product design and development; global retail markets; brand management and development; retail/ visual merchandising (online and brick and mortar); mentoring; grant writing; higher education instruction; online teaching and learning.

Chief Creative Officer at EcoaTEX: 2019- present.


Full Circle ReSet: solo art exhibition at the Bridge Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art, March 2–30, 2023.


4 Minutes, 33 Seconds Contest: UGA Spotlight on the Arts 2022.

Global Change Award 2020/ H&M Foundation: EcoaTEX: finalist of top 20 from 5893 entries coming from 175 countries. Core Team Member: Sustainable nanocellulose-based textile dyeing and finishing. 


  • Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion: UGA Summer 2021
  • Certificate in Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building: Parsons School of Design/ The New School’s College of Continuing & Professional Education Summer 2021
  • Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research: UGA (forthcoming)
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in University Teaching: UGA (forthcoming) 
  • Fashion Sustainability Certificate: Parsons School of Design/ The New School’s College of Continuing & Professional Education (forthcoming) 

Current Research

  • Exploring materials as metaphors and archetypes to reframe age, ability, and appearance mis/perceptions
  • Age, collaboration, and intergenerational creative labor in the fashion and textile industry.
  • NYC fashion industry history that explores the last four decades of change through technology, globalization, economic and historical events, and global health crises. 
  • Appearance management strategies, consumption needs, and workplace practices of creative professionals over age 50 who work in the textile and fashion industry. 

Journal Articles

Peer-reviewed journal articles

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2023). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age fifty in the fashion industry. Russian Fashion Theory. Translation into Russian.

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Age, experience, and creative labour: Narratives of creative professionals over age 55 in the New York fashion industry. International Journal of Fashion Studies, 8(2), 281-298. 

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age fifty in the fashion industry. Fashion Practice, 13(1), 25-47.


McInnis, A., Medvedev, K., & Worthy, S. (2022). Incorporating a sustainability module into the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) 2000 foundation course. Accepted abstract. Full paper to be presented at the International Federation for Home Economics XXIV World Congress, September 4–10, 2022. 

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2021). Old school–new school: Balancing Puer and Senex archetypal characteristics fosters productive intergenerational teams in the fashion industry. Paper at the Responsible Fashion Series, Can Fashion Save the World? University of Antwerp, Belgium. 

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2020). Everyday performative dress: The shepherds of New York. Fashion, Freaks and Monsters Symposium, University of Hawaii. (Postponed because of COVID-19).

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2020). The effects of historic events on creative professionals over age fifty who work in the NYC fashion industry. Canceled indefinitely because of COVID-19. Costume Society of America (CSA). Best 5% of abstracts selection for Betty Kirke Excellence in Research Award.

Hunt-Hurst, P., McInnis, A. & Seock, Y. (2020). Developing a fashion and sustainability class for freshmen. 2020 Proceedings of International Home Economics Federation. Canceled due to COVID-19. 

McInnis, A., & Medvedev, K. (2019). Sartorial appearance management strategies of creative professional women over age 50 in the fashion industry. Paper at the Fashion and Active Aging Symposium. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 


Peer-reviewed and invited book chapters

McInnis, A., Medvedev, K., & Miles, T. (2023). Balancing old school–new school experience to foster a productive intergenerational workforce in the fashion industry. (Accepted book chapter, Can Fashion Save the World? Routledge). 

Working Papers

"Full Circle ReSet": an autoethnographic exploration that examines concepts of age and creativity and their intersection with personal and social identities.

"Every Day Performative Dress: The Shepherds of New York." Exploring the multiple layers of a subcultural group, The Shepherds of NY, and their everyday performative dress, the research scrutinizes the relationships between the creator, the wearer, and the viewers’ sartorial perspectives. In the shifting world where art and fashion intersect, the research examines how the lines between art and fashion blur. To be presented at Fashion And ... Symposium Series, Fashion, Freaks and Monsters Symposium, University of Hawaii. Originally scheduled to present September 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19.

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