Pedagogy and Professional Development

Creating Cooperative Learning Environment through Cotton Capsule Wardrobe Project

  • Hae Jin Gam (University of North Texas)
  • Jiyoung Kim (University of North Texas)
  • Barbara Cottrell Trippeer (University of North Texas)
  • Pureum Yeo (University of North Texas)


The purpose of this project was to engage students from multiple related degrees through a semester-long Cotton Capsule Wardrobe project that bridge the design process and the merchandising process. Through this collaborative project, the students enrolled in a merchandising/retailing course and apparel design industry technique design course worked together on developing a cotton capsule wardrobe collection.

Our research has shown that use of a cooperative project when implemented in existing courses can improve students’ learning experience. This teaching strategy emulates the product lifecycle management in many large fashion design organizations, where design concepts are not wholly owned by design or merchandising, rather the development process is often moderated by a team.

Keywords: cotton, capsule collection, Cooperative learning

How to Cite:

Gam, H., Kim, J., Trippeer, B. C. & Yeo, P., (2020) “Creating Cooperative Learning Environment through Cotton Capsule Wardrobe Project”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 77(1). doi:



Published on
28 Dec 2020
Peer Reviewed