Fashion Thinking Research Centre

  • United Kingdom

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Fashion and Costume Thinking focuses upon four interdisciplinary research areas: Costume and Performance, Pattern Cutting and Technologies, Fashion Ecology, Fashion Economies and Business Engagement; each area is underpinned by long-standing industrial relations, including Burberry, Betty Jackson and M&S.

Staff working in these areas have made significant contributions to the changing role of fashion and costume in relation to design, manufacture, reception and retail management in both local and global environments. Drawing from expertise in design, pattern cutting, 3D digital imaging, sculpture, photography, costume and the performing arts Fashion and Costume Thinking promotes interdisciplinary approaches to practice-led research as well as traditional theoretical approaches; engaging with a range of disciplines, including anthropology, ethnography, humanities, social and political science. Fashion and Costume Thinking is composed of designers, artists, historians, business and technical experts all of whom are committed to exploring the cultural, social and political ecologies of fashion and costume in contemporary society.

1: Costume and Performance

The fusion of historical and contemporary design, which includes cut and construction techniques used in collaboration with textiles for the following cultural industries: theatre, opera, dance, film, TV, music videos and commercials.

2: Pattern Cutting and Technologies

Pattern Cutting and Technologies Research aims to explore different perceptions of garment making in contemporary fashion and costume making. The group explores different levels of craftsmanship and skills in these areas and how they can be the source of creativity, whether through traditional techniques and/or digital approaches. Staff research focuses upon tacit intelligence and tactile epistemologies within the making process and how techniques and technologies are located in a broader cultural and historical context.

3: Fashion Ecology

From cute culture, normcore to formal evening wear, Fashion Ecology focuses upon the creative and conceptual developments of design with respect to fashioning the body and its associated aesthetics. Staff research explores practical and theoretical approaches to fashion, which includes cultural and social ecologies of contemporary society, as well as focusing upon historical precedents.

4: Fashion Enterprise and Business Engagement

Staff research explores the exchange and integrated practices operating between the creative and commercial aspects of fashion design, production, retail and management. Current research focuses upon the marketing challenges facing fashion companies in the UK and around the world, in particular the conceptualisations of brands and their significance to corporate strategies.

Postgraduate Opportunities

MA by Research or PhD Applications are welcome to support interdisciplinary research to address, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Trans-disciplinarily: analogue and digital focus on the body, dress and material
  • Virtual embodiment: changes to concepts of body, identity and dress in the digital age
  • Sculptural thinking in fashion design
  • Representation: fashion and politics in the 21st Century
  • Curating contemporary fashion and historical dress
  • Sustainability: business, ethics and political agendas
  • Fashion retail and social media

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Printing Engineering & Materials Science
Textile printing Engineering & Materials Science
Industry Engineering & Materials Science
Polyesters Engineering & Materials Science
Students Engineering & Materials Science
Websites Engineering & Materials Science
Marketing Engineering & Materials Science
Inspection Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2014 2019

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

Making Memories

Goldthorpe, C., Apr 2019, In : Making futures. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

Open Access

Revitalising and enhancing sewing skills and expertise

Allsop, D. & Cassidy, T., 2 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education. 12, 1, p. 65-75 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2016 2019

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Oral presentation

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

Everyday Fashion

Jade Halbert (Organiser)
27 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

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

Market Gallery

Katrina Whitehead (Participant)
13 Mar 20196 Apr 2019

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

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