Department of Design and Merchandising March faculty feature – Kevin Kissell

The Department of Design and Merchandising want to highlight the incredible talent that fosters the community of Design and Merchandising at CSU. Every month the department will be highlighting two of its colleagues in the hopes we can showcase the unique passions that make up the design and merchandising staff roster.

kevin Kissell headshotName: Kevin Kissell

What class best represents you? Fashion and Textile Design – blending the traditional craft with technology.

What do you try to emphasize in your teaching experience? To know fashion, art, and textile history! It’s important to know how our grandmothers and grandfathers shaped our material culture.

What is a goal you have? To take an extended solo trip to Iceland, Scandinavia, and Northern Europe.

What is your favorite aspect of being a part of the DM department? I’ve known many of my colleagues for over twenty years, and I consider them family.

What is a fun fact about you that would connect with the students? I love music, and it informs my creativity. My favorite musical genres are Old Punk bands, New Wave, and Canadian Indie and Electronica.

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A hobby you enjoy outside of teaching: I love to travel and try to do so whenever I can. My favorite destination? Taking a group of our students on a fashion study tour through the UK with my colleague Sandra Chisholm!

Kissell is an integral part in making the yearly Fashion Show a reality. This year’s theme is EMERGE and will be a virtual show debuting on April 9, 2021 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. They can be purchased here.

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.