In 2006, a few driven apparel merchandising and design (AMD) students decided they wanted to gift Iowa State University with a bi-annual, student-run fashion magazine. What started out as a 10-page publication has turned into a magazine that's at least 100 pages long! With the dedication and hard work from ISU students over the years, TREND has been able to produce 27 print issues so far, as well as a monthly online issue released during the months of the spring and fall semesters.
Currently, over 200 students of different majors are involved in publishing TREND. Without the help of our committee members and directors, the magazine would not be possible to produce. This on-campus club provides students with actual, hands-on experience in their desired fields, ranging from fashion, editorial, advertising, public relations, event planning, photography, makeup, graphic design and content creation.
This semester, TREND is releasing a mash-up of two issues: Issue 28 (named Human Connection) and Issue 29 (named Culture Shock). Due to COVID-19 cutting our spring semester short, we were not able to publish our print issue for the spring, Human Connection. The issue released in November of 2020, TREND 2020, will be the biggest issue yet! The size of this issue raises the printing cost to almost double what the normal printing cost is, which is why we need your help to keep TREND afloat! Your donation will go towards the future issues of TREND Magazine; with your help, future students of Iowa State University will be able to gain valuable experience from creating a publication all on their own.
Why donate to TREND Magazine?
TREND Magazine provides real-world experience to students of all majors — 216 students currently, to be exact! This on-campus club is more than simply a club, it is preparation for working professionally in the print and media industries. TREND is a place for like-minded students to meet and collaborate, bettering their creative and problem-solving skills outside of the classroom. It is a creative outlet for students, and allows them to envision and create a tangible example of their hard work to bring to future employers. Yes, GPA is important — but experience is crucial in the fashion, print and media industries. Students who are part of the fashion committees in TREND get to create a photoshoot from scratch, providing clothing, props, accessories and poses. The students in the advertising and public relations committees are able to reach out to real businesses and put the skills they learn in class to use. The students in the event planning committee get to plan the release party for the semester, creating the decorations themselves and renting out a venue for the party. The editorial committee gives students a place to add to their portfolios, providing multiple opportunities for students to have published work in the online issues. From these examples, you can see the experience and skills students can gain by being part of TREND Magazine.
TREND offers opportunities to diversify profiles for students, depending on what committees they choose to join. It lets students explore their interests in different fields having to do with publishing, helping them further solidify their future paths or showing them different paths they can take. Directors and committee members learn how to communicate in a workplace-like environment in a professional manner while still having fun and being creative. The students involved in TREND are put in many situations where they have to quickly problem solve, such as if a model doesn't show up for their photoshoot or a garment doesn't fit. Their ability to adapt in high pressure situations only gets stronger with each semester they're part of TREND.
TREND is one of a kind. We work hard to be inclusive and current, improving TREND's image with each issue. We are simply students writing about, photographing and styling other students to better our skills to prepare us for post-grad life.
- Fashion Forecasting
- Story Styling
- TREND-for-Men Ready-to-Wear
- TREND-for-Men Runway
- TREND-for-Men Accessories
- TREND-for-Men Fashion
- TREND-for-Men Lifestyle
Public Relations Committee
Event Planning Committee
Online Issue Committee
Content Creation Committee