Zero-waste coat designed by Dr. Hae Jin Gam

Image 1: Sustainable coat designed by Hae Jin Gam; model: Alyssa Minder; photographer: Jun-Young Hur

Journals publish articles by Associate Professor Gam

Dr. Hae Jin Gam, associate professor of fashion design

Teaching sustainability in fashion design courses through a zero-waste design project and an analysis of apparel, textiles and merchandising scholarship practices are the topics of two articles co-written by Hae Jin Gam, associate professor in the CVAD fashion design program. 

Teaching sustainability in fashion design courses through a zero-waste design project published in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and co-written by Jennifer Banning, Gam's colleague from Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., is an investigation of the effectiveness of a new teaching strategy to employ zero-waste design approaches.  

With the increased importance of learning about sustainability in the fashion design curriculum, this article reports on the teaching of zero-waste design in existing fashion design courses that teach skills needed to create and construct garments. By learning about zero-waste design, students’ interest in sustainable living and fashion, and consciousness about generating fabric waste was increased. Written comments about student experiences also supported these findings and indicated that the zero-waste design project positively influenced their awareness of sustainability practices, Gam said.

Gam's other article, co-written with Young-A Lee, associate professor of consumer and design sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., is an investigation of the research trends within apparel and textiles and merchandising areas from 2000 to 2019. 

The study explores the research trends of the apparel, textiles, and merchandising discipline by examining 513 articles published from 2000 to 2019 in the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal and Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and their citations during the past 20 years. The content analysis showed that consumer behavior dominated the research topics and comprehensively reflect this topical transition and shape the discipline to align with societal change and demand, Gam said. Read the article: Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising Scholarship Practices from 2000 to 2019: Analysis of FCSRJ and CTRJ.

"As associate editors of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Dr. Lee and I were interested in how research trends in the apparel, textiles and merchandising area have been evolved for recent 20 years. We examined 513 articles published in the two most widely known journals in our area and reported the topic trends and citation practices from content analysis to make suggestions for the future direction," Gam said. Sonia Bakhshian, an Auburn University doctoral student, helped Gam and Lee collect data.

More about Dr. Gam

Gam has more than five years of experience working in the apparel industry in South Korea as a fashion designer and completed Stoll GmbH’s computer-aided knitting programming courses in Germany. She holds a B.S. degree in computer sciences from Seoul Women's University, an M.S. degree in clothing and textiles: fashion design from Chung Ang University, Seoul, South Korea, and a Ph.D. in human environmental sciences from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

Her research interests include sustainability in the apparel and textile industry, creative and functional apparel product development, consumers’ eco-friendly purchasing behavior, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Image 2: Hae Jin Gam

Share now or add us to your RSS feed! 

Facebook Icon
Twitter Icon
Pinterest Icon
Mail Icon
linkedin sharing button
SMS sharing button


Note: Should you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office,, 940-565-2855. Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

UNT is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, phone: (703) 437-0700; fax: (703) 437-6312; email: