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Dr. May Chae
Assistant Professor of Fashion Design
Contact Information

(703) 284-1678

Academic Credentials

B.S., M.S., Florida State University
Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Teaching Areas:
  • Apparel Design I (flat pattern)
  • Clothing Analysis
  • Digital Presentation for Fashion
  • Textile Design
  • Product Development
Research Interests:
  • Creative design
  • Functional design
  • Prototype development 
Dr. May Chae joined Marymount University's Fashion program as a faculty member in 2009. She taught at the University of Idaho prior to joining Marymount.  Her main research area is functional design. She has published articles in international journals and made several presentations at international as well as national conferences.
She was awarded grants from Cotton Incorporated for a Product Development Course Projects: “Prototype Development for Mature Female Tennis Wear.” ($28,050) in fall 2010, juniors and seniors in the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs were creating prototype tennis wear ensembles that met the needs and wants of female tennis players who were 55 and older. This project familiarized students with the features and benefits of using cotton for mature women’s active wear and helped students obtain strong industry-oriented experience. By the end of the semester, selected students had an opportunity to visit the Cotton Incorporated World Headquarters in Cary, NC, with Dr. Chae. "Prototype Development for Junior Golf Wear" ($11,375) has been scheduled for fall 2014.