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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Grisham Trentham


Since 1987 the Grisham/Trentham Lecture Series has brought world class designers and business leaders to the Auburn campus to share their insights, experiences, and successes with students, faculty, and guests. Initiated by Professor Gary Trentham of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Auburn University, and supported through an endowment established in 1989 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Grisham, Huntsville, AL, the lecture series has expanded the horizons of many Auburn students, inspiring them to challenge themselves to fulfill their career goals and aspirations at a higher level.

Betty Grisham is an artist, textile designer, and entrepreneur. She and her late husband, Charles, have been strong supporters of the design program in the Department of Consumer Affairs. Now retired, some of Betty’s designs were featured at the 2004 Grisham/Trentham Lecture. These designs reflect Betty’s life as an “expression of a soul full of color.”

Professor Gary Trentham, artist, textile designer, and “favorite teacher” for hundreds of students, retired from the Department of Consumer Affairs, Auburn University in 1995. Passionate about expanding the horizons of his students, Professor Trentham was instrumental both in bringing world-class fashion/design authorities to campus and in encouraging his students to move out and experience the world for their internships and careers.

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1992
Paige rense

Editor, Architectural Digest

Vincent Wolfe

Interior Designer

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1997
Alexander Julian

Designer of Apparel and Home Furnishings

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1999
Dee Dee Gordon

Cool Hunter and Trend Forecaster

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2001
Mark Mayfield

VP & Editor, Southern Accents

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2003
Steve McCracken

President, DuPont Textiles and Interiors

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2005
Marc Gobe'

Image Consultant

2006
Karen Fisher

Interior Designer & Trend Forecaster

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2009
John C. Williams

Architect

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2011
Bobby McAlpine

Architect, Interior Designer, Furniture Designer

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2013
Jon Sherman

Wall Covering Designer

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2015
David Oakey

Carpet Designer

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1987
Elsa Klensch

Style Editor, CNN

1988
Bijan

Couture Menswear Designer/Marketer

1989
Pat Kerr

Women’s Wear Designer for Stellar One-of-a Kind Occasions

1990
Nolan Miller

Costume Designer for Film & TV

1991
Warren Edwards

Shoe Designer

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1993
Stanley Herman

Council of Fashion Designers of America

Fern Mallis

Council of Fashion Designers of America

1994
Cynthia Rowley

Women’s Wear Designer

1995
Pauline Trigere

Couture Women’s Wear Designer

1997
Alexander Julian

Designer of Apparel and Home Furnishings

1998
Richard Martin

Costume Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1999
Dee Dee Gordon

Cool Hunter and Trend Forecaster

2000
Ben Narasin

Founder and CEO, Fashionmall.com

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2002
Dawn Robertson

President, Macy’s.com

2003
Steve McCracken

President, DuPont Textiles and Interiors

2004
Kay Unger

Women’s Wear Designer

2005
Marc Gobe'

Image Consultant

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2007
Billy Reid

Menswear Designer

2008
Linda Loudermilk

Eco Luxury Couture Designer

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2010
Natalie Chanin

Lifestyle Design/Sustainability

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2012
Anne Barge

Bridal Designer

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2014
Hilton Hollis

Women’s Wear Designer

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Dr. Pamela Ulrich
For More Information Contact:

Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
308 Spidle Hall
ulricpv@auburn.edu
334-844-4084