Trista L. Grieder joined the Fashion School faculty in Fall 2010. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Costume Design from Kent State University and her Master’s of Science in Higher Education in Online Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University. Trista brings more than 13 years of industry and teaching experience to the Kent State Fashion Design and Merchandising Program. She has taught at other prestigious institutions such as The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the International Academy of Design and Technology Online, where she was nominated as teacher of the year.
Her industry experience includes working with such companies as Wrangler Jeans, Dillard’s, Augusta Sportswear and Mountain High Hosiery. She has spent most of her career in Product Development and CAD . One of her greatest successes was winning an award for designing a women’s jean for Wrangler, which sold in record numbers.
With her background, Trista knows that the business side of fashion goes hand-in-hand with the design side. She is helping to prepare students in using product development industry sheets, Illustrator, Photoshop and many other industry-wide resources. Students will learn that merchandisers and designers are partners in the creation of fashion.