1. Examine the effect of fashion on the consumption of clothing and textiles, including prices, quantities of items purchased, and frequency of replacement.
2. Measure the impact of environmental controls on the cost and availability of textiles and clothing; economic implications for clothing from industrial constraints; cost of enforcing and administering the controls; cost and use of care labeling.
3. Examine textiles and clothing consumption from a theoretical view; analyze the clothing and textiles consumption process including cost, discard, and other aspects; relate to demographic and other variables.
4. Analyze consumer demand for clothing and textile products; prices consumers are willing to pay in light of particular product attributes.
5. Develop ways of conserving energy by a use of innovative textile structures in clothing and household textiles and b) modification of care techniques.
6. Evaluation of information delivery systems for transfer of knowledge concerning textile products to the consumer.
7. Determine consumer knowledge and values concerning textile characteristics, and criteria for selection, use and care.
8. Determine consumer knowledge and value systems concerning "trade-offs" involved in textile production, cost, performance (including special proper- titles) and trade resulting from government man- dated programs related to consumer and worker safety, environmental protection, and care labeling.
9. Investigate the use of clothing in adapting and adjusting throughout the life cycle.
10. Investigate the interrelationships between textile properties, human anatomy, garment cut, and structure as they affect the comfort, function, and aesthetic quality of garments.
11. Develop measurement methods for assessing garment comfort.
12. Analyze disabilities which create special clothing needs of adults and children and identify problem areas; develop and evaluate solutions to the problem areas identified.
13. Develop a classification system based upon disabling conditions for the synthesis and integration of information about clothing for disabled.
14. Investigate the interrelationships between textile properties and garment design as they affect the physiological and psychological aspects of comfort in varied environments.
15. Develop appropriate techniques for measuring values, attitudes and behavior associated with clothing.
16. Investigate the potential of innovative construction techniques with new fibers and fabric structures for development of new design forms for apparel.
17. Determine the comparative amounts of energy consumed in the production of various types of textile structures.
18. Develop methods for recycling textiles which are profitable economically in order to conserve finite resources.
19. Determine aspects of textiles which affect consumer safety. These include fabric and product flammability as well as the allergenicity, toxicity, mutagenicity, and carcinogenicity of textile additives, dyes, and finishes.
20. Develop a predictive method of shaping and adjusting garments to varied body shapes.
21. Analyze the structural and aesthetic trade-offs made by apparel producers in the interests of controlling production costs and meeting regulations.
22. Determine effects of government policies and regulation relating to textiles on their cost, availability, performance, and selection as well as upon the domestic-international trade balance.
23. Examine the interaction of consumers and retailers in terms of consumer practices, retailer response to these practices, transmission of information and feedback of consumer preferences to producers.
24. Evaluate methods of disseminating to the disabled information on selection, adaptation, and construction of clothing to meet special needs.