Professor Fashion Merchandising & Design

Director of Online and Satellite Fashion Programs

Affiliate Faculty Women & Gender Studies

Department of Fashion, Interior Design, & Merchandising

Central Michigan University

Dr. Michael Mamp (he, him, his) is a passionate administrator, educator, designer, and dress historian. His experiences working as an administrator in the fashion industry, as a designer in the studio, and as a researcher and writer make him a unique academic and asset to his students.

At CMU Dr. Mamp has developed and delivered new curriculum focused on the use of technology in the design process as well the cultural and historical study of fashion and the LGBTQ+ community. His cutting edge course 3D Printing and Fashion provides students with advanced technological skills to apply in their design processes. He helps students use design thinking to develop fashion product using a human centered approach in both foundational and advanced design courses. Students have exhibited design work developed with his guidance at national and international juried exhibitions, and research completed with his assistance at a variety of academic conferences. Dr. Mamp's Queer Fashion course, the first of its kind in the United States, examines LGBTQ+ experiences from a historical perspective using a sartorial lens. Queer Fashion is the fist LGBTQ+ focused course to be permanently included in the general education program at Central Michigan University. He is a 2019 International Textile and Apparel Association Excellence in Teaching award winner. He ensures his classrooms are inclusive spaces that celebrate and center diverse identities using an intersectional perspective. A broadly trained and experienced fashion academic he has taught courses in a variety of formats including lecture/lab, studio, online, hybrid, and face to face. He has led study tours both domestically and abroad to Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Paris, London, and Antwerp.

In the fashion industry Dr. Mamp worked over a period of fourteen years for top brands and across diverse product categories. He has opened and remodeled stores across the country, hired and trained countless employees, and helped launch the careers of many. As a Director he has been responsible for leading diverse teams of up to 500 and budgets in excess of 200 million. His experiences as an administrator and leader have served him well in academia. He currently serves as Director of the online and satellite fashion programs at Central Michigan University. Recognized as a leader, he has been nominated by senior administration and his peers multiple times to serve on critical task forces related to: diversity, equity, and inclusion; online teaching/course development; strategic visioning; Title IX; and university wide academic reorganization

His research program focuses on the history of dress as well as the integration of technology in the design process. Historical inquires conducted by Dr. Mamp generally focus on the dress and apparel industry of the twentieth century. In this work he seeks to use dress as a lens to expand the body of knowledge related to minority or marginalized groups, particularly women and the LGBTQ+ community. Design scholarship conducted by Dr. Mamp explores his interest in textile arts using both traditional techniques and digital technologies, as well as the integration of 3D modeling and printing in the design process. He has published his research in journals including: Clothing Cultures, Fashion Style and Popular Culture, Dress, International Journal of Fashion Design Technology and Education, and the International Journal of Home Economics. He currently serves as Associate Editor for Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty and has served as guest editor for Fashion Style and Popular Culture. His design work has been accepted for juried exhibition by his peers at both the International Textile and Apparel Association and the Costume Society of America.

Screen Shot 2020-11-13 at 9.53.05 PM.png

Fashion Merchandising & Design

Online Program Brochure

Screen Shot 2020-11-13 at 9.54.39 PM.png

Fashion Merchandising & Design

On Campus Program Brochure

© 2014