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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    Research Output

    Accessibility of Tactile Experience for the Textile Designer

    Smyth, M., Barber, C. & Zitkus, E., 17 Apr 2020, Designing for Inclusion: Inclusive Design: Looking Towards the Future. Langdon, P., Lazar, J., Heylighen, A. & Dong, H. (eds.). Springer London, p. 68-76 9 p.

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

  • Biomimetic peptide enriched nonwoven scaffolds promote calcium phosphate mineralisation

    Gharaei, R., Tronci, G., Goswami, P., Davies, R. P., Kirkham, J. & Russell, S. J., 29 Jul 2020, In : RSC Advances. 10, 47, p. 28332-28342 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Blue Plaques of Intangible Experiences: LWC

    Barber, C., 30 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Activities

    Presentation for Future Fashion Factory Event

    Parikshit Goswami (Speaker)

    17 Sep 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Medical Textile - The landscape, scopes, and the strategy

    Parikshit Goswami (Speaker)

    10 Sep 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Promoting garment repair: a stitch in time

    Jade Lord (Speaker)

    4 Sep 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    The Technical Textiles Research Centre for British Textile Week

    Parikshit Goswami


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    The Hemline Index - Fashion and Economics

    Jade Halbert


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Growing markets for textiles and nonwovens

    Parikshit Goswami


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment