Celebrating Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies 100th Anniversary!

Celebrating 100 years!


The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies turns 100!

Although clothing and textiles have been important subjects taught at UNCG since the school was founded in 1891, the clothing and textiles program was officially named as a department in 1917. Called the Department of Clothing and Textiles and Housing, the department would later be named Clothing and Textiles until the early 1990s, when it became the Department of Textile Products Design and Marketing. The department was given its current name, Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies, in 2005.

Even though the department now bears a different name than when it began one hundred years ago, its legacy and commitment to higher education at UNCG has remained unchanged.

Help us to mark the department’s 100th anniversary by joining us in honoring its enduring impact on students, alumni, and the broader industry community.

Help us to honor the successes of the past century and ensure they will continue into the next

To celebrate our important milestone, we have established the CARS Centennial Industry Ready fund to ensure that students in the CARS program continue to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in the job market.

Your donation will allow us to continue offering an innovative curriculum that integrates cutting-edge technology with hands-on learning experiences. Consider making a donation today to help CARS students achieve academic and professional excellence, both now and in the future.

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Alumni Industry Speaker Series

Want to learn about the fast-paced, dynamic world of fashion from CARS alumni who are living it?  Attend the monthly events happening as part of the Alumni Industry Speaker Series this year. All events are free and open to the public.


Finding your Niche in the Design Lifecycle
Glynis Bell (MS CARS ’06), Author of Fierce and Fabulous: A Young Lady’s Guide to Inspiration and Positive Self-Image
Retail in 2022 and What This Means for You
Preserving ‘America’s Attic’: How to Conserve History with a Degree in the CARS Program
Winning at Retail: Understanding the Needs of Today’s Fashion Consumer

Upcoming Speaker Series Events

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