TFD Student Life

Threads Fashion Show
UW Madison's Threads Pulse Runway, May 2015

Each year, TFD majors collaborate with UW-Madison students across the campus for the Threads fashion show and design event, a professional production that highlights the work of our TFD students.

Design Gallery and Textile Collection
On Sept. 16, 2008, curator Maya Lea (wearing red sweater) introduces students who were visiting from Carolyn Kallenborn's (at right wearing black) design studies class to pieces from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Among the examples on display were these resist-dyed Indian pieces. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 09/08 File#: NIKON D3 digital frame 1348

TFD students have year-round access to two inspirational, in-house resources. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery provides a premier exhibition space for student portfolio shows and critiques. And, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, which displays and preserves more than 13,000 historical and cultural textiles, is an incredible, one-of-a-kinda resource for students.

Student Organizations

Engage outside the classroom with like-minded peers by joining student organizations.

Apparel and Textile Association (ATA) uses the design skills obtained in the classroom in the community. This student organization welcomes any students interested in pursuing a career in the textile and apparel design industry.

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U) recognizes and encourages academic excellence, promotes the development of leadership and scholarship, and provides opportunities for service to the community. Human Ecology students who meet membership requirements are invited to apply.