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Deborah A. Christel

Deborah A. Christel

BA, MS, PhD

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Introduction
Deborah A. Christel, Ph.D. recently resigned from academia to embark on a women's clothing company venture, Kade & Vos. Kade & Vos is among the first to market with inclusive sizing from Small-6XL. Research conducted as a professor is still in the publication pipeline and she is working on a book about how implicit biases prevent individuals from being great designers, among other professions.
Additional affiliations
August 2014 - present
Washington State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2012 - June 2014
West Virginia University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2008 - July 2012
Oregon State University
Position
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant

Publications

Publications (14)
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Western fashion is constantly evolving and in order to obtain notoriety, brands need to positively connect with consumers. Individuals who wear plus-sizes are acutely aware of their reduced clothing choices and rely on language cues to find clothing. Unfortunately, the categorisation of plus-size consumers is fraught with discord and frustration. F...
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This article examines the use of fat pedagogy in fashion design, a traditionally thin-centric discipline. College seniors engaged in a swimsuit design project based on Fat Fashion Pedagogy, a framework developed for the course that draws on critical feminist and narrative pedagogies. In this case, students completed self-assessments of weight bias,...
Research
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A HAES® Approach to Fashion and the Shopping Experience I think we’ve all heard those infamous breakup words, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Well, when it comes to clothing, this is theShopping 1 message we hear everywhere from yogurt commercials, to runways, to clothing stores: If the clothes don’t fit, it’s your body that’s to blame, not the clothes.
Poster
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The consumer decision making model consists of five stages in which individuals: (1) recognize a need, (2) search for information, (3) assess alternatives, (4) make a purchase decision, (5) and evaluate their decision. However, it is unknown how this model operates if consumers perceive there to be inadequate apparel options available (stage 3). Th...
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Using the functional, expressive and aesthetic (FEA) consumer needs model, this research investigated plus-size women’s swimwear needs. Swimming is a popular activity for women, which offers numerous physical and mental health benefits. However, little is known about plus-size women’s design preferences and satisfaction with swimwear. Attributes of...
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The purpose of the study is to determine the current average clothing size of adult American women. Secondary data of average body measurements from the most recently published National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys were compared to ASTM International industry clothing size standards. Findings suggest that, contrary to popular assumpti...
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Over the past decade participation in physical activity for adult women has decreased while body size has increased. Overweight and obese individuals are considered the majority demographic in the United States; however, plus-sized clothing sales are minimal in comparison to other segments. Furthermore, there is little known about the clothing prac...
Presentation
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Presentation of preliminary findings on how three aspects of the apparel industry's use the term Plus-Size.
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The purpose of this work was to explore the effectiveness of an educational intervention aimed at reducing weight bias. Senior fashion students (n = 11) enrolled in a 16 week special topics course, “plus-size swimwear design”, completed assignments of selected obesity related educational readings and guided critical reflection. Student assignments...
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The term Plus-Size is used throughout the apparel industry and our society, but it is a poorly defined term without clear parameters. Women’s apparel sizing is varied and nonstandardized, which leads to confusion and frustration for consumers. The purpose of this study is to determine the manner in which the fashion industry currently defines Plus-...
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As obesity rates have grown in the past decades, so has interest in plus-size fashion. With more than 50% of US and Canadian women reporting that they wear a size 14 or higher, it is critical to address this demographic. To respond to this trend, fashion designers and merchandisers have been encouraged to incorporate plus-sizes into their lines [Ki...
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Examining the beliefs in the fashion industry surrounding the obese is critical to understanding discrimination issues and the resultant fit and sizing issues for plus-size consumers. The fashion industry offers certain styles in limited sizing, which in turn structures our society in such a way that only certain sizes can participate in choosing a...
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Substantial research on the functionality of athletic apparel has been conducted; however little consideration has been given to the plus size figure. Societal messages suggest that overweight women are lazy and therefore would not be interested in athletic apparel. The purpose of this study was to determine overweight adult women's experience with...

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I am examining plus size women's preferences for signage in stores. I've recruited women who identify as plus size and asked them to rate their preference of 12 terms that would typically be used as signage in retail establishments. Looking for a top tier journal to submit - if you have suggestions - please send them! Thank you.