Deborah E Young

About Deborah


Testing Lab Certification, AATCC testing labs, North Carolina, 2012
Color Lab Certification X-Rite, 2011
Master of Fine Arts, Emphasis in Fiber, California State University, Long Beach, 2001
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design, California State University, Long Beach 1996

Summary of Qualifications:

For the past twenty years, I have taught in the fields of textile science, textile design, and textile history at public universities and private institutions including California State University at Long Beach, Otis College of Art and Design, and at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

My knowledge and experience with the apparel industry begins in the testing lab, assisting students in making appropriate fiber and fabric choices for a given silhouette. I am experienced in lab management and with testing equipment including Spectrophotometers, Tensile Testers, Flame Chambers, Martindale testing and many others. I developed a series of lab classes and procedures for textile identification and performance quality assurance using standardized testing techniques on this equipment. Additionally, I created color procedures and exercises to assist the student in understanding the role of color in today’s marketplace.

I teach the history of worldwide textile design covering the last 5,000 years and have done so since 2001.  I am also a qualified art history instructor.

I wrote a successful text/swatch book, currently in its second edition, entitled “Swatch Reference Guide for Fashion Fabrics”, published by Fairchild Publishing, New York. The text is focused on the identification and application of fabrics for the fashion world.

I have been engaged as a textiles legal witness for issues of copyright infringement and forensic fabric identification. My services include trial graphics, expert reports, declarations, depositions and testimony.

As a result of my education, teaching, and research experience, I have developed significant expertise in recognizing and analyzing the elements and styles of global textile designs.

Complete CV available upon request. Contact:

“We are pleased to report that the Court issued its ruling yesterday in our favor, for summary judgment.  Based on our opposition and evidence including your declaration, the Court agreed that one of the designs was not entitled to copyright protection at all, and found that registration to be invalid. The Court further found there was no infringement of any of the other 3 designs at issue in this case, and awarded summary judgment sua sponte to the defendants on all of the claims.  This is a huge result for all of the defendants in this case.”

“The Court's order is attached.  As you will see, the Court liked your Declaration (which was very helpful) and cited it in support of its ruling." 

"Thank you again for your help in this matter.  I hope we have an opportunity to work together again in the future.”

“…amazing victory on summary judgment. Your declaration was instrumental in achieving this victory and I wanted to personally thank you for all your efforts on this and the expert report that you put together on such short notice.”

 “When you read the order, you can see that the Judge really relied on your opinions and expertise. Again, great job.”


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