Professor of Fashion, Dress & Merchandising
Nora MacDonald is a Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Fashion, Dress and
Merchandising program in the School of Design and Community Development. She also
serves as Curriculum Coordinator for the Davis College and College of Creative Arts
Disegno Italia study abroad program.
Her teaching assignment includes: apparel design and illustration, visual merchandising, apparel production and fit, flat pattern design, fashion study tour, and teaching practicum. In addition she has taught functional apparel, internship, figure and fabric drawing, and fashion design portfolio.
Her research interests include functional apparel design, clothing for older persons, and educational pedagogy. She has published over 100 juried articles and abstracts and is the author of Principles of Flat-Pattern Design, now in the fourth edition. From 1991-2005, she co-curated exhibits that explored the relationship between historic costume and contemporary apparel at the WVU Creative Arts Center, Cultural Center in Charleston, WV, historic homes through the Victorian Wheeling Landmarks Foundation in Wheeling, WV, and Zanesville Art Center in Zanesville, OH. Currently she is in the process of co-authoring a book on clothing for older women.
MacDonald is active in professional organizations. She served as President of the International Textile and Apparel Association following involvement at many levels. In 2008, MacDonald was named an ITAA Fellow. She served Gamma Sigma Delta as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian. MacDonald’s service to the West Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences included holding the offices of President and President-Elect. In addition, she served as Chairperson for the United Nations 1999 International Year of Older Persons Clothing Initiative working with ITAA, the UN Committee on Ageing, and the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association.
- MacDonald, N.M. (2010). Aging. In P. Tortora, (Ed.),
The Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Volume III. Berg Fashion Library, Berg Publishers/Oxford International Publishers: Oxford,
- MacDonald, N.M. (2010).
Principles of flat-pattern design
(4th ed.). New York: Fairchild.
- MacDonald, N.M., Lazorchak, S.A., & Currie, K. (2009). African American women’s
satisfaction with the design and marketing of ready-to-wear clothing.
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 37
- Bernasconi, C., Mendoza, H. R., Yoo, J., & MacDonald, N. M. (2007). Integrating
cross-cultural and interdisciplinary education in the design fields: The Interdisciplinary Design Education Assessment
project. In M. Bose & B. Szczygiel, (Eds.),
Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Annual Meeting. Negotiating landscapes
State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University.
- MacDonald, N.M., Bua-Iam, P., & Majumder, R.K. (1994). Clothing purchase decisions
and social participation: An empirical investigation of U.S. and U.K. rehabilitation
Journal of Rehabilitation, 60