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

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

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Research Output 2007 2019

Blue Plaques of Intangible Experiences

Barber, C., Hill, J. & Bowser, L., Jan 2019

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

Community Center
Inner City

Cabbage, Tradition and Bunce: Marion Donaldson and the Black Economy of the British Rag Trade in the 1970s

Halbert, J., 31 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Textile History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hidden economy

Creating a Sustainable Luxury Fashion Brand

Moorhouse, D. & Moorhouse, D., Apr 2019, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases .

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
Product lifecycle
Brand identity

Activities 2007 2019

Parliamentary event: AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers on 'The Importance of Expert Voices'.

Jade Halbert (Speaker)
17 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

To keep, or not to keep? That is the question. Studying divestment from a cross-cultural approach

Bruce Carnie (Speaker), Mark Sumner (Speaker), Pammi Shinha (Speaker), Ana Gabriela Enrico Munoz (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Clare Hunter

Claire Barber (Host)
8 Jun 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Press / Media

AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker 2019

Jade Halbert


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

The life of Emma Grain - Yorkshire businesswoman

Emma Grain


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment