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 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., 9 Sep 2019, In : Textile History. 50, 2, p. 187-205 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hidden economy

Colour Forecasting

Cassidy, T., 21 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Textile Progress.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Product development

Activities 2007 2019

IEEE Access (Journal)

Jade Whitson-Smith (Reviewer)
7 Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

The Train Track and the Basket

Claire Barber (Speaker)
22 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Laundry Pile

Jade Whitson-Smith (Speaker), Emma Rigby (Speaker), Lizzie Harrison (Speaker)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

AHRC blog: Five key moments that shaped the British fashion industry

Jade Halbert


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

AHRC New Thinking podcast

Jade Halbert


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Weaving the Future

Nicola Redmore


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment