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The International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) has given its highest honor to a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa professor for “outstanding contributions to the textile and apparel discipline and for service to ITAA.” The lifelong designation also includes membership in ITAA’s Legacy Group.

Andy Reilly, a professor in the fashion design and merchandising program of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, was granted the honor for “teaching excellence, professional development, significant research contributions, scope and breadth of professional presentations, exceptional ITAA service, and significant contribution to the field of textiles and clothing.”

He previously served ITAA as conference co-chair, vice president for scholarship, and most recently as president of the Textile and Apparel Programs Accrediting Commission, an organization created by ITAA. Reilly has taught 22 different courses at UH Mānoa with the two staple courses being Introduction to the Fashion Industry and Culture, Gender and Appearance. He also co-produces and hosts a local television show, Hawaiʻi Fashion Now.

“I am humbled to receive this award,” said Reilly. “I had no idea how much ITAA would change my life when I joined as a graduate student.”

This work is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Excellence in Research: Advancing the Research and Creative Work Enterprise (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

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