- Associate Professor
- Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design
- Phone: 401.874.2882
- Email: email@example.com
- Office Location: 310, Quinn Hall
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.
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.
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
Juried Creative Work
Hannel, Susan. “Subtracting Holes; Multiplying Ripples”. Subtraction cutting pattern making and engineered print inkjet fabric printing. Accepted to the design exhibition of the Costume Society of America’s national meeting, March 2018, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Hannel, Susan. “Bete Noire: Extreme Asymmetry”. Reuse of 1920s garment pieces to cover contemporary body with asymmetric spine. Accepted to the design exhibition of the International Textiles and Apparel Association’s national meeting, November 2017, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Hannel, Susan. “Pahoehoe Kikepa” Hand pleated cotton knit over cotton base with piped curved seams and silk chiffon underskirts. Exhibited in the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association’s national meeting, November 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hannel, Susan. “Sanguine” Silk charmeuse gown with piped curved seams and godets at the hem. Accepted June 2010 into the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, October 2010, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. https://cdn.ymaws.com/itaaonline.org/resource/resmgr/publications/2010_exhibit_catalog.pdf
Hannel, Susan. “Gifts of Silver and Gold” Silk brocade jacket and silk velvet trousers. Accepted into the annual design competition for The International Textiles and Apparel Association. Exhibited at the national meeting, November 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.
Hannel, Susan L. ‘The “roaring” twenties and African wildlife in fashionable dress: Part 1: Zebra Fur Patterns and Femininity’, Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, online first, January 2023.
Hannel, Susan L. ‘The “roaring” twenties and African wildlife in fashionable dress: Part 2: The role of fur patterns in representations of the flapper and the development of sportswear’, Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, online first, January 2023.
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.
Hannel, Susan. “What Does ‘African Influence’ Mean for Art Deco Fashion?” Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine. Winter/Spring 2021.
Welters, Linda and Hannel, Susan. “Careers in Fashion Design.” In K. Vaidya (Ed.) Fashion Design for the Curious: Why Study Fashion Design. Amazon Digital Services, Inc.: The Curious Academic Publishing, Kindle Book, 2015.