In 2019, Business of Fashion named UC's Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design at DAAP as one of the Best Fashion Schools in the World — for good reason. Tucked away on the sixth floor of the college’s iconic building, is the school’s innovative Evelyn G. Burgoyne Fashion Technology Center.
Named for a generous benefactor, the futuristic center houses three labs for computer-aided design, textile innovation and apparel production. Within the center, plaques on machines remind users of the people who made the place possible — UC donors.
"If it were not for the generous support that we have received over the past few years from donors and corporate sponsors, we would have never been able to establish our state-of-the-art Fashion Technology Center, the Future Mobility Center, and our Makers Hub," says Gjoko Muratovski, Endowed Chair and Director of The Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design. "All of these incredible facilities have been fully funded by donors."
Such support is allowing the college to drive the future of fashion.
"The fashion industry is changing, and technology is a huge part of the reason why," says Zachary Hoh, the Fashion Design Program Coordinator at the Ullman School of Design. "The Fashion Technology Center offers tools for students to lead that change."
Within the center, students can use cutting-edge technologies to produce smart apparel with conductive threads or embedded LED lights, circuits and sensors that monitor anything from posture to heart rate to hydration, says Ashley Kubley, who heads the Fashion Technology Center and is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Design.