Department of Fashion and Textiles

Organization profile

Profile Information

The Department of Fashion and Textiles combines practice-led research expertise in both design and technology, specialising in concept to commercialisation, with strengths in fashion and textile design as well as 3D printing, supported by extensive pilot-scale manufacturing capability to support design translation. There is strong proficiency in science and technology, environmental sustainability, craftsmanship, enterprise and business engagement, with existing R&D collaborations with industry.


Academic research

We are nurturing the next generation of researchers be they creative, technical or at the porous interface of the two. As part of a dynamic, diverse and interactive learning community, we foster and develop the talents of our postgraduate students, ensuring that their academic journey is tailored around each individual. We have opportunities for students to develop their research within Fashion and Textiles through studying for a Master’s by Research or a PhD.


Applications are welcome in, but not limited to, the following research areas:

  • Sustainable Textile Production
  • Product Innovation with Textiles
  • Technical Textiles
  • Textile Crafts and Textile Futures
  • Textile Technology and Textile Chemistry
  • Costume Studies
  • Creative Pattern Cutting and Technologies
  • Design Pedagogy
  • Fashion Design
  • Textile Design
  • Fashion Ecology, Economics and Business Engagement
  • Fashion Retail and Social Media


Working with industry

The Department of Fashion and Textiles works extensively with industry to generate exciting innovations and opportunities. Our world-class researchers have an established record of addressing the needs of industry through:

  • Collaborative research projects
  • Consultancy
  • Joint funding applications
  • Knowledge transfer partnerships
  • Licensing
  • Training



Our Head of Department, Prof. Parik Goswami ( would be delighted to discuss research opportunities at the Department of Fashion and Textiles.


Research Centres

Fingerprint The fingerprint is based on mining the text of the scientific documents related to the associated persons. Based on that an index of weighted terms is created, which defines the key subjects of research unit

Textiles Engineering & Materials Science
clothing Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
art Social Sciences
artifact Social Sciences
Printing Engineering & Materials Science
Fibers Engineering & Materials Science
learning Social Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2018

Activating (British) Historical Archive Marginalia as a Design Inspiration Resource

Taylor, M., 25 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) Conference Proceedings of IFFTI 2018: Fashion Futures. Jun, L. (ed.). Shanghai, China: Donghua University Press, p. 86-96 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

An Analysis of 3D Printed Textile Structures

Grain, E., Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) Textiles, Identity and Innovation: Proceedings of the 1st International Textile Design Conference (D-TEX 2017). Montanga, G. & Carvalho, C. (eds.). 1 ed. Taylor & Francis, Vol. 1. 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


An Analytical Study of National and International Care Label Systems of Textile and Apparel Products

Sanad, R. & Young Kang, Z., 2018, In : Fashion and Textile Research Journal. 20, 3, p. 331-342 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Standard of Care
Textile Industry

Activities 2007 2018

Spring Art Exhibition

Katrina Whitehead (Participant)
24 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...


The Train Track and the Basket: The Aesthetic Dimension of Textiles Within a Site Specific Practice

Claire Barber (Speaker)
12 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Mining Couture: A Manifesto for Common Wear

Claire Barber (Speaker)
10 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk