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Susan L. Hannel

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  • Associate Professor, Department Chair
  • Quinn Hall, Rm 303
  • Phone: 401.874.2882
  • Email: susanhannel@uri.edu

Biography

Susan teaches in the technical aspects of apparel design, including TMD 222 Apparel Production, TMD 335 Apparel II (Flat Pattern Making Techniques), TMD 355 Draping for Apparel, and TMD 345 CAD Apparel Design. Under her direction, URI’s apparel studio has had major upgrades.  In 2006 Susan was awarded a $130k Champlin Foundation Grant for an industry standard CAD system for apparel design and manufacture.  In 2010, the same foundation provided $82k for an inkjet fabric printing system.

Susan was named the 2011 “Apparel All-Star” by the International Textile and Apparel Association.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions in teaching/curricular development, research, and service activities in the textile and apparel field.

Research

Susan identifies her research focus as fashion history, specifically exoticism in fashionable dress. Her dissertation, The Africana Craze During the Jazz Age: A Comparison of French and American Fashion, 1920-1940, investigated the influence of African-American music and African art and textiles on Western fashion in the 1920s and 1930s.

Susan is also an apparel designer, creating original garment designs for submission to juried design competitions.

Education

  • Ph.D., History of Clothing and Textiles  (with a minor area in American History), The Ohio State University, 2002
  • M.S., History of Clothing and Textiles (with a minor area in American History), The Ohio State University, 1994
  • B.S., Zoology, The Ohio State University, 1985

Publications

Juried Creative Work

Hannel, Susan. “Pahoehoe Kikepa” Pleated grey cotton knit bodice with piped curved seams in orange cotton, gathered cotton knit skirts with contrasting asymmetrical hems over orange silk chiffon skirts.  Accepted for the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, November 16, 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hannel, Susan. “Sanguine” Red silk charmeuse gown with black piped curved seams and godets at the hem. Accepted into the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, October 21, 2010, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Hannel, Susan. “Gifts of Silver and Gold” Black, silver and gold Chinese silk brocade jacket and grey silk panne velvet pants. Accepted for the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, November 4, 2005, Alexandria, Virginia.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Hannel, Susan.” ‘Africana’ Textiles: Imitation, Adaptation, and Transformation During the Jazz Age” Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Spring 2006, 68-103.

Invited Chapters

Rendered garment pattern plots from historic patterns for Joy Spanabell Emery’s Dressmaking Patterns: A History from the 16th to the 21st Century.  Berg Publications, 2014.

Hannel, Susan ‘Everyone can go to Harlem-and everyone does:’ The Impact of Harlem on Cocktail Culture” in Joanne Ingersol, Ed. Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion 1920-1980, a catalog for an exhibit with the same name, Rhode Island School of Design, 2011.

Hannel, Susan. “The Influence of Jazz on Fashion During the 1920s” in Twentieth Century American Fashion, Linda Welters and Trish Cunningham, Eds. Berg Publications, 2005, 57-77.

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