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Shu Hwa  Lin

Name :

Shu Hwa Lin

Title :

Professor, Fashion Design & Merchandising

Unit :

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Address :

2515 Campus Road, Miller 110
                  Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

Miller Hall 201F

Phone :

(808) 956-2245

Fax :

(808) 956-2241

E-mail :

Specialties :

Computer applications in apparel production data management body scanning with digital fitting simulation

Professional Prep/Appointments :

  • Ph.D., Department of Textiles and Consumer Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
  • M.S., Apparel and Textiles, Department of Consumer Affairs, Auburn University, AL.

Projects :


3D body scanning

Digital Costume project

Smart textile project



2022     International Textile & Apparel Association Paper of Distinction Award in the Culture track: 3D Virtual technology in costume museum exhibition Qing dynasty

2020     International Textile & Apparel Association Paper of Distinction Award in the Sustainability/Social Responsibility track

2018     Optitex University Design Award

2000   Fellow, Textile Clothing Technology Corporation, [TC]2


  • FDM 221 Textiles I
  • FDM 269  Costumes and Cultures of East Asia
  • FDM 321 Textiles II
  • FDM 321L Textiles II Lab 
  • FDM 301 Fashion Forecasting/Marketing
  • FDM 315 Draping
  • FDM 330 Advanced Apparel Construction
  • FDM 411 Product Lifecycle Management
  • FDM 416 Costumes/Cultures of East Asia
  • FDM 419 Apparel Design Studio I
  • FDM 420 Apparel design Studio II
  • FDM 460 Costume Collections management

Research Interests :

  •  3D Body Scanning and Digital Fitting Simulation:  Using Kinect or/and Structure with iPad.
  • Textiles: Chinese textiles including Dragon robes and Shiang-Yun-Sa; Hawaiian bark cloth: Kapa; and organic cotton. I examine both new fabrics and historic textiles with modern instruments (i.e., air permeability tester, digital high power microscope and SEM) to explore fiber count, fiber structure, weave pattern, air permeability, dyestuff, and surface and wear characteristics.
  • Textile care and preservation: I apply use my textile knowledge with our textile testing equipment to examine historic textiles and costume and to develop textile conservation. One focus of my textile interests lies in traditional Chinese costume. Many scholars have reported on Chinese dragon robes but to date none have used new technology to analyze textile design and preservation.
  • Functional textiles and clothing design: specialized clothing for special groups; smart textiles for specialized performance; and functional textiles, product development, and production management. I specialize in functional clothing design and seek opportunities for research, creative works, and problem solving in specialized areas of clothing design. One of my functional design projects focused on providing dressing aids and tools for the caregivers of disabled groups and elderly persons, which is especially appropriate with Hawai’i’s growing elderly population.

Selected Recent Publications :

Refereed Publications

Kang, J.Y. & Lin, S. (in print). Building 3D Virtual Museum Exhibitions of Historic Fashions, Clothing Textile Research Journal. Accepted.

Lin, S., Boorady, L. M., & Pate, S.S. (2022). "The Current and Future Use of RFID by Apparel Retailers," SSRG International Journal of Polymer and Textile Engineering, 9(3), 1-5. 

Lin, S., Boorady, L., & Kang, J. (2022). Experiencing body scan and computer simulation virtual fitting. International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology. 10 (7), 21-29.

Kang, J.Y., Kim, J.E., Lee, J.Y., & Lin, S. (2022). How mobile augmented reality digitally transforms the retail sector: Examining trust in augmented reality Apps and Online/Offline store patronage intention, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

Lin, S. H,. Boorady, L.M., & Lai, C.I. (2019). An Exploratory Study to use VitalSigns for Monitoring Fire Fighters Health,

Materials Today Proceedings, 16, Part 3, 1442-1447.

Lin, S. H. (2018). Review of U.S. apparel and textile imports from China and three other regions, 1995-2006, China Business Review, 17(1), 16-32. doi: 10.17265/1537-1506/2018.01.002

Lin, S., Johnson, R. R., & Kang, J. (2018). Fitting simulation evaluation on personalized avatars. Journal of Textile Engineering & Fashion Technology, 4(2), 123-128. 

Lin, S., & Sun, X.  (2017). Ethnic Differences in Consumer Preference for Scented Textile Products.  Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 10(3), 1-13. 

Lin, S., Kajiyama, K., & Wu, T. (2017). The difference of a smart diaper for special needs adults. Journal of Textile Engineering & Fashion Technology, 3(4), 00105. 

Domingci, K, & Lin, S.  (2017). Natural dyes and the sustainable environment from invasive plants. 
International Journal of the Hwa Gang Textile, 24(7), 406-418. 

Lin, S., & Durate, C.J.  (2017). Uncovering the messages behind four imperial dragon robes from Exhibition with Yin and Yang message with Yin and Yang message.  Journalism and Mass Communication, 7(1), 53-62. 

Lin, S., & Sun, X.  (2016). Female consumer preference for scented textile products.  Journal of the Hwa Gang,23(7), 438-448.

Lin, S., Boorady, L., & Chang, C.P. (October, 2016). Preparation of Firefighting Hood for Cooling for Phase Change Materials, International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications, 6(10), 13-16. ISSN: 2248-9622,

Lin, S., Chang, C., Chang, J., & Memmal, K. (2014). Comparison of dye adsorption of three forms of Chitosan, Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science, 4, 319-326.

Park, H., Park, J., Lin, S., & Boorady, L. (2014). Assessment of firefighters’ needs for personal protective equipment, Fashion and Textile, 1, 8, 1-13.

Barker, J., Boorady, L., Lee, Y-A., Lin, S., Cho, E., & Ashdown, S. (2013). Exploration of Firefighter Turnout Gear Part 1: Identifying Male Firefighter User Needs, Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 8(1), 1-13.   

Boorady, L., Barker, J., Lee, Y-A., Lin, S., Cho, E., & Ashdown, S. (2013). Exploration of Firefighter Bunker Gear Part 2: Assessing the Needs of the Female Firefighter, Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 8(2). 1-12.

Barker, J., Boorady, L.M., Lin, S-H., Lee, Y-A, Esponnette, B. & Ashdown, S.P. (2012). Assessing user needs and perceptions of firefighter PPE. In Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: 9th Volume, Emerging Issues and Technologies. Ed. A. M. Shepherd. ASTM International: West Conshohocken, PA.

Lin, S. (2012). Phase Change Materials’ application in Clothing Design, Transactions of the Materials Research Society of Japan, 37(2), 103-106.

Lin, S., & Mammel, K. (2012). Dye for two tones: The story of sustainable mud-coated silk. Fashion practice, 4(1), 95-112. 

Lin, S. (2011). Computer technology: An essential component for teaching a fashion production management course. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 7(1), 80-88. 

 Lin, S. (2010). Exploratory analysis of Chinese-American family caregivers' needs and instructional video on dressing stroke survivors.  International Journal of Consumer Studies,34(5)581-586.

 Lin, S. (2010). The case of Hawai‘i: Who will pay more for organic cotton? International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34(4), 481-489.

 Lin, S. (2009). Exploratory evaluation of potential and current consumers of organic cotton in Hawai‘i .  Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 21(4), 489-506.

 Lin, S. (2008). An examination of organic cotton in the Hawai‘i market: Visitors vs. residents.  Taiwan Textile Research Journal. 18(2), 45-54.

 Lin, S. (2008). Profile of Hawai‘i consumer of organic cotton products.  Journal of the Hwa Gang, 8(2), 81-89.

 Lin, S. (March-June 2008). Chinese court dress design principles. Context15, 12-15.

 Lin, S. (November 2007 –March 2008). Beyond luxury: Looking for Shiang-Yun-Sa in Hawai‘i. Context14, 13-16.

 Lin, S. (2007). Attitudes of tourists to purchasing organic cotton in Hawai‘i.  Journal of Organic Systems. 2(2), 14-26.

 Lin, S. (July-October, 2007). Expressions of political rank by textiles: Historic Chinese dragon robes.  Context, 13, 23-27.

 Lin, S., Moore, M. A., Kincade, D. H., & Avery, C. (2002). Dimensions of apparel manufacturing strategy.  International Journal of Clothing Science & Technology, 14(1), 46-60.



Languages :

Chinese, English