My dream is to be able to combine my fashion design talent and passion with my math and science passion

I just discovered this blog while doing a search about how I could relate fashion and engineering. I had always planned on majoring in fashion design, but my love of math and science has caused me to try engineering for at least a year. I deferred my admission to a top design school, and I am going to take engineering courses freshman year at a different college. I am in materials engineering, but not sure if that is the correct engineering field. My dream is to be able to combine my fashion design talent and passion with my math and science passion. Is this the appropriate engineering major, or would another one enable me to combine the two strengths more effectively?
posted by Taryn, Iowa State University on August 2, 2014

Answer by Ursula Gibson

Dear Taryn,

Combining engineering with fashion sounds like a great thing to do.  The "high-tech" wearables industry is just emerging, and is sure to be a growth industry.  The two engineering aspects that are most relevant are materials (particularly polymers) and electronics (since much of the wearables to date include "active display" elements.  If you have a combination of design and engineering training, you will be a very valued employee.

Dartmouth has a modified major between studio art and engineering that helps students who have similar interests (not that you should change schools), and graduates often end up in advanced product design positions, where their ability to communicate effectively with people in "both camps" is highly desired.  Go for it!  And let me know when you design a dress that is also a solar collector --

Best Regards,
Ursula