Pearson Prentice Hall Lecturer
Jean L. Parsons holds a Ph.D. in Costume History from University of Maryland and is currently an associate professor at University of Missouri. A recognized scholar in both design and history, her research areas include digital textile and apparel design, sustainable design, and history of the apparel industry. Her design interests are in digital processes, with a focus on experimental shapes and alternate garment forms. She is currently exploring intersections of design practice and historic artifact analysis, designing engineered digital textile prints for patterns cut with minimal waste. Dr. Parsons has exhibited in both national and international juried art exhibitions. Her designs have won numerous awards, and she has also mentored many award winning graduate and undergraduate students. In 2010, Dr. Parsons received the Rossmann Manatt Award at Iowa State University, an award that recognizes a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service. In addition, she was named a scholar of the Costume Society of America in 2007. She co-authored, with Jane Farrell-Beck, 20th Century Dress in the United States.