MeeAe Oh-Ranck, M.S. – Albright College

MeeAe Oh-Ranck, M.S.

MeeAe Oh-Ranck, M.S.

Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Design
moh-ranck@albright.edu
Alumni 101B
610-921-7891

M.S. in Digital Textile Design from Jefferson University (Philadelphia University)
M.S. in Textile Design from Philadelphia University
B.F.A. with a major in Fashion Design from Moore College


Biography

Professor MeeAe Oh-Ranck earned her Master of Science in Textile Design from Philadelphia University, concentrating in digital print design. She earned her BFA, with a major in Fashion Design, from Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia. She has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years as a creative and technical designer both in the US and internationally.

MeeAe is the co-owner of thinkZingInk, LLC, an educational and design consulting firm. Publications include a book entitled Human Behavior as Mirrored with Expressive Textile and several articles in local newspapers.

She is a current Board Member at the Costume Society of America and a member of National Art Education Association. Presently, she is teaching fashion and textile design at Albright College. She has been researching and teaching sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion and textile industry through innovative technologies and traditional methods as a gentler approach to the environment since 2008. Most recent research areas include digital textile printing technology, natural dyeing, and slow fashion by utilizing haute-couture construction.

MeeAe Oh-Ranck was part of the developing team for the MS in Global Fashion Enterprise  Jefferson University (Philadelphia University). Currently, MeeAe Oh-Ranck is teaching fashion and textile design courses at Albright College. Global perspectives on fashion curriculum integrated with emphasizing on experiential leaning by partnering with fashion industry, inviting real application of what fashion industry are in classroom is a current focus MeeAe has at Albright. Community enrichment program, collaborating with local elementary school, training students from Albright students to teach art class for the 4th grade students, collided with PA Art Education Guidelines since 2015.

Areas of Research

Albright Creative Research Projects (ACRE)

Summer 2022 Albright Creative Research Experience Grant (ACRE) Recipient:

Olivia Oatman, MeeAe Oh-Ranck

Fashion Shouldn’t Cost The Earth: re-Design Fashion Sustainability

 

Summer 2020 Albright Creative Research Experience Grant (ACRE) Recipient:

Stephanie Vargas-Hemmings, MeeAe Oh-Ranck

Sustainable Fashion: Upcycling, Reusing & Sustainability

 

Summer 2019 Albright Creative Research Experience Grant (ACRE) Recipient:

Ashley Hillegass MeeAe, Oh-Ranck

A Study in Japanese Couture Techniques: Sustainability and the Geometric Organic Shapes of the Japanese Aesthetic

 

Interim 2019 Albright Creative Research Experience Grant (ACRE) Recipient: Mellon Scholars

Ashley Hillegass, MeeAe Oh-Ranck

Curating the Couture Corset: Victorian Couture Methods Meets Modern Day Sustainable Fashion

 

Interim 2017 Albright Creative Research Experience Grant (ACRE) Recipient: Mellon Scholars

Camille Fuller, MeeAe Oh-Ranck

Genuine Color: An Exploration of Natural Dyeing

 

Interim 2016 Albright Creative Research Experience Grant (ACRE) Recipient: Mellon Scholars

Alfredo Diaz,  MeeAe Oh-Ranck

The Magic of Geometric and Organic Shapes in Fashion: A Study in Haute Couture

 

Design Research and Exhibition:

I. MeeAe Oh-Ranck and David Tran presented at the 59th Annual Eastern Academy of Management (EAM) conference, Portland, Maine from May 17-20, 2022. They co-authored a research paper titled “Toward Business Models for Sustainability in the Fashion Industry”. The manuscript was accepted into the incubator track and presented during the scheduled conference roundtable.

II. Conference on Fashion and Costume Designers as Cultural Translators: Adapting Dress Across the Media, which will be held on 18 and 19 July, 2019 at University College Cork, Ireland. Translation and Adaptation of Human Behaviors: Conceptual Fashion along with research material and visual design works displayed at the conference

III. “Dress Re-Thought through Natural Dyeing” was presented Costume Society of America’s (CSA) 45th Annual National Symposium to be held in Seattle, Washington, April 15-20, 2019. The “Dress Re-Thought through Natural Dyeing” presentation proposal, along accompanied with research documentation had been accepted through the CSA’s juried selection for the Design Exhibit Showcase held on Saturday, April 20th from 8:30 am -5:00 pm, as a part of the Design Showcase II; open to public.

IV. “Ethical and Social Responsibility Concerns Addressed with Digital Printing Techniques” was presented Costume Society of America’s (CSA) 44th Annual National Symposium to be held in Portland, Maine, June 3-8, 2019. The ” Ethical and Social Responsibility Concerns Addressed with Digital Printing Techniques ” presentation proposal, along accompanied with research documentation had been accepted through the CSA’s juried selection for the Design Exhibit Showcase held on June 3rd, from 8:30 am -5:00 pm, as a part of the Design Showcase; open to public

 

Courses Taught

FAS282 Exploring Textiles
FAS230 Fashion Illustration
FAS244 Patternmaking/Draping
FAS325 CAD
FAS355 Brand Development
FAS372 Concept Development
FAS383 CAD Patternmaking
FAS 490 Senior Seminar
FAS 112 Fashion Fundamental
FAS360 Digital Print Design
FAS290 Study Abroad Program