Faculty Profile

Jaeil Lee headshot

Jaeil Lee
(South Korea)

Professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising; Director of Apparel Design and Merchandising

Email: leej@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2196
Office: Peterson Hall 211

Education: BS, Chungnam National University, 1992; MS, Chungnam National University, 1994; PhD, Ohio State University, 2000. At SPU since 2001.

Dr. Jaeil Lee has extensive teaching and industry experience in apparel merchandising and apparel product development. Her experience includes teaching positions in universities internationally, consultant positions in the global fashion industry, and technical designing position at Abercrombie and Fitch, one of the top clothing retailers in the nation.

She teaches various courses in Apparel Design and Apparel Merchandising. Her research interests are apparel product development and technical design, creative teaching and curriculum development, global apparel merchandising, and social entrepreneurship.

Dr. Lee has authored several books, and among them, Technical Sourcebook for Designers, is the leading college textbook in apparel product design and development in the world. This book has been adopted by universities in the USA, United Kingdon, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea. The book’s Chinese translation is scheduled to be released soon.

Dr. Lee has served as a reviewer on several editorial boards, including the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and Fashion and Textiles Research Journal. She has presented and published her research in the United States and abroad. Her research is published in Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, International Journal of Costume and Fashion, Korean Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, and many more. She maintains her active membership with several professional organizations including International Textiles and Apparel Association.

Dr. Lee has a passion for helping young people to find their God-given vision. She is a motivational speaker and best-selling author in her native country, Korea. Her autobiography in Korean, I Design Dreams Everyday, became a best-selling Christian book in Korea in 2006.

Selected publications

Books authored

Technical Sourcebook for Designers (2nd), Fairchild Publications, New York, 2014 (ISBN:978-1-60901-856-6)

Technical Sourcebook for Designers (J. Lee & C. Steen, Korean Trans.), Sigma Press, Seoul: Korea, 2012

Technical Sourcebook for Designers (1st), Fairchild Publications, New York, 2012
(ISBN # 978-1-56367-586-7)

I design dreams everyday. Seoul: Korea, Togijangi Publishing House, 2005.
(ISBN # 89-7782-101-0)

Why? Series – Clothing and Fashion (Reviewed).* Seoul: Korea, Yerim Publication, 2012
(ISBN #978-89-302-3143-5).

*Why Series is No. 1 best-selling educational book series on various subjects for elementary school students in Korea. The series has been translated into various languages and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide (September 2011 record).

Journal articles

Salusso, C., Lee, J., Lee, Y. & Lin, J. (2016). The Perceptions of Apparel Design and Merchandising Students on Creativity and Apparel Design Copyright, International Journal of Costume and Fashion, 16(1), 1–16.

Choi, M. & Lee, J. (2016). Cross-cultural comparison of plus size women’s perception on apparel selection. Journal of the Korean Society Clothing and Textiles, 40(4), 615–630. 

Lee, J. & Lee, Y. (2015). Acculturation for fashion consumer behavior: A case of Korean-American families, Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, 6 (4), 278–291.

Lee, J. & Lee, Y. (2013). A cultural comparison of sex role identity and attitude toward grooming and recreational apparel shopping behavior among male consumers, Fashion and Textile Research Journal, 15(4), 565–573. 

Lee, J., Lee, Y, & Ulasewicz, C. (2011). International and Beyond: Reflecting on the identity of International Textile and Apparel Association. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 29 (2), 165–182.


See Dr. Jaeil Lee’s CV (PDF) for more information.

Why I Teach at SPU

Jaeil Lee, Professor and Director of Apparel Design and Merchandising

“I want my SPU students to be the leaders in the industry, not the followers. Leaders influence many people and can, by their faith, have a positive influence on a tough business. If you want to be a missionary, fashion is the perfect field.”