Chanjuan Chen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University. She is originally from China. She has a Bachelor of Engineering in Fashion Design from the Xiamen University of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts in Design, with a concentration 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 focuses on developing new and innovative ways to infuse concepts of fashion sustainability into her transformable designs. She typically uses creative construction methods and natural fabrics and dyes to present her multi-wear clothing collection. Her designs have been recognized by numerous academic and professional organizations and was recently awarded the Cotton Inc. Innovations in Cotton Design at both the International Textile and Apparel Association 2013 and 2014 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.