Chanjuan Chen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University. She has a Bachelor of Engineering in Fashion Design from the Xiamen University of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, from the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching, she also has industry experience working as a fashion designer, technical designer, and graphic designer in both China and the United States.
Chen’s research goal has been to further apparel-design practices by actualizing concrete ideas on how to reduce production waste and increase product longevity through participatory engagement and the concepts of sustainable design, including transformable and upcycled designs. Her designs have been recognized by numerous academic and professional organizations and was recently awarded Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices Award for Sustainable Design at both the International Textile and Apparel Association 2016 and 2017 Annual Conferences.
Chen’s goal is to attempt to design unique clothes which are functional and sustainable as well as aesthetically pleasing with the hope that it will contribute to improving the human condition.