dha College of Design

Marilyn R. DeLong, Ph.D.


Specialties & Expertise

  • Aesthetics

  • Sustainable Apparel Design

  • History & Material Culture

  • Fashion Trends

  • Cross-cultural Influence on Design

  • Socio-psychological Aspects of Clothing


Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching:

  • DHA 8166 - Material Culture & Design 

  • DES 8167 - Aesthetics of Design

  • DES 8181 - Ethics of Design

  • DHA 8263 - Innovation Theory

  • ApSt 5218 -  Fashion, Design and the Global Industry

  • ADES 4121/ApSt 5121 - History of Fashion

  • DHA 3217 - Fashion, Trends & Communication      


Selected Scholarship

  • DeLong M., Min, S., Casto, M.A., & Lee YK. (2018). "Sustainable Clothing from the Older Female User's Perspective."  Clothing Cultures, Focused issue on Aging. 3.3

  • DeLong, M., Bang, H. & Gibson, L. (2018). Comparison of Patterns of Dressing for Two

  • Generations within a Local Context. Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. 6(1).

  • Janigo, K., Wu, J. & DeLong, M. (2017). Redesigning Fashion: An Analysis and Categorization

  • of Women’s Upcycling Behavior,” Fashion Practice, The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry. 9(2), 254-279.

  • DeLong M. (2017). Educational Strategies for Sustainable Design.  International Journal of Designed Objects. 11(1), 11-23. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1379/CGP/v11i01

  • Lee, Y. & DeLong, M. (2017). American and Korean Youths’ Attachment to Handcrafts and Relation to Sustainability. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. 35(2), 67-80.

  • DeLong, M., Casto, M., Min S. & Goncu-Berk, G.  (2017). Exploring an Up-cycling Design Process for Apparel Design Education. Fashion Practice, The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry. 9(1), 48-68.

  • DeLong, M. Casto, M., Lee, Y. & Min, S. (2016). Education for Apparel Sustainability from Perspectives of Design Students from Differing Cultural Contexts. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. 1-13.

  • DeLong, M., Min, S., Casto, M. & Berk, G. (2016). Sustainability in the Apparel Design

  • Process. Fashion Practice, The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry.8(1).

  • DeLong, M. Casto, M., McKinney, M. Min, S., Ramaswamy, H., Thoreson, N. (2014). Curating Cinderella: A holiday extravaganza at Marshall Field’s.  Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. focused issue, Curating Costume/Exhibiting Fashion, 2(1),45-63.   


Exhibition Curator

  • Looking Back, Looking Forward. 100 Years of Design Graduate Education, Exhibition co-curator. Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota, September 28-2018-January, 2019.

  • Storied Lives: Women and their Wardrobes. Exhibition co-curator Goldstein Museum, University of Minnesota January 25-May, 2018

  • Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Design for Sustainability. Exhibition co-curator, Goldstein Museum University of Minnesota, January 19-May 23, 2013.


Refereed Presentations

  • DeLong, M., Bang, H., Albers, C. (2019) Risk and Reward in Patterns of Dressing for Older Women. ITAA. Las Vegas, NE.

  • Bang, H. & DeLong, M. (2019). Creativity and Sustainability Experiences of a Capsule Wardrobe. ITAA. Las Vegas, NE.

  • DeLong, M. (2019). Critical Thinking in Design. END conference.  Porto Portugal.

  • DeLong, M. & Oberg, C. (2018). Fashion Identity and Stories Told. Global Fashion Conference. University of the Arts London.

  • Casto, M. & DeLong M. (2018). Classic Design: From Cultural Knowledge to Individual Experience. ITAA, Cleveland, Ohio. 

  • Bang, H. & DeLong, M. (2018). Creativity in a Capsule Wardrobe Project. International Conference on Clothing and Textiles Toward Sustainability and Transformative Innovation, Seoul, South Korea.

  • DeLong, Marilyn. (April,2017). Patterns of Dressing for Older and Younger Females, PCA/ACA Conference, San Diego, CA.

  • Lee, Y.K., and DeLong, M. (2016). Re-Birth Product Development for Sustainable Apparel Design Practice in a Design Studio Class, ITAA conference, Vancouver, B.C. Received Best paper award.

  • Casto, M.A.& DeLong, M. (2016). Exploring Sustainability through Classic Design in Aesthetic Responses. ITAA conference, Vancouver, B.C.

  • DeLong, M. Casto, M.A. Heinemann, B. Reiley K. November 2014. Fashion Thinking: Design as Prototype and Sustainability. Fashion Thinking, International conference discussing Fashion in theory, History, Practice. Kolding, Denmark.


Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Co-Editor of Fashion Practice, published twice per year, from 2009 (1.1-12.3)

  • College of Design, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 2015-2019

  • All University Grand Challenges Research Team, 2015

  • University  of MN - Honors & Awards, 2012-2015

  • University of MN - Committee on Committees,  2013-2015

  • President, Advisory Council, South Dakota Art Museum, 2007-2015

  • Costume Society of America, Board of Directors, National, 2007-13



  • Fellow of the Costume Society of America 2016-

  • College of Design Award for Excellence in Research, Spring, 2014

  • Scholars’ Roundtable-Costume Society of America, Philadelphia, 2011

  • Invited Keynote address, Donghua University, Shanghai  Fashion Week, China, May, 2009

  • College Award for Innovation and Mission Advancement, College of Human Ecology, 2006 

  • Prentice Hall Lecturer, ITAA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2005

  • Buckman Professor of Design Education, UMN, 1996-2002

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Service to Education, South Dakota State University, 2001

  • Award for Contribution to College & Community, College of Human Ecology, Spring, 2001

  • Lifetime Achievement in Design & Aesthetics, ITAA, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000 

  • Fellow of ITAA, Charter member, International Textile and Apparel Association, 1989-



Apparel Design Program

Apparel Studies track of the Design Graduate Program


Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
358 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108-6136


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

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Minneapolis Offices

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