Textile and Fashion Design Research Group
The Textile and Fashion Design Research group examine the many facets that make up the textile and fashion industries from packaging, branding and communications to developing the fashion product. We are transdisciplinary and our main aim is to promote and provide an expert knowledge database through research in all areas of textiles and fashion but especially in technology, sustainability, design, history, culture, business and ethics in the textiles and fashion industries.
Our objectives are:
- To deliver a high quality research environment for students and researchers.
- To create innovative impact activities.
- To build research capacity through encouraging student led research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Offer services to the fashion industry such as : textile testing facilities, digital printing technologies, the suite of lectra (from concept to manufacture), laser cutting, photography suite, whole garment dyeing, summer schools and CPD courses in various areas of design, manufacture, textiles and testing.
- To encourage collaboration, development of resources and topics into modules and study materials.
- To build upon current and future collaborative networks to develop strategic partnerships with local, regional, national and international non-academics such as businesses, NGO’s, archives and museums and other universities.
The Textiles and Fashion Design Research group is home to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, a collection of haute couture, fashion garments and everyday clothing and accessories. It provides a unique historical and cultural record of Yorkshire life and documents clothing produced, purchased and worn by Yorkshire folk throughout the 20th Century. The collection reflects changing social attitudes and influences, economic prosperity, global trends and the regional technical excellence in textiles and clothing over a 100 year period. Other examples of academic research being undertaken include:
- Garment construction and pattern cutting, use of nonwoven fabrics in apparel applications, 19th – 21st Century fashion.
- Colour, structure and materials in knitted fabric design and technology.
- Colour design software development and user experience
- Sustainable consumption, production, marketing and communications and design for development
- Social innovation, ethical fashion and other new business models.
- Fashion marketing and branding
- Fashion in fiction
- Fashion & Textile design Innovation: Modular design, Computer-aid design, Social manufacturing, Laser cutting technology, Digital fabrication.
- Pedagogical issues regarding innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship
PhD projects currently being undertaken with supervision from staff in the Textiles and Fashion Design Research Group include:
Dalia Kamal Ibrahim “Printed Hanging Textiles Design between Formalism and Technology”, lecturer at the Damietta University, Egypt – full-time funded through the Egyptian Commission.
Jasleen Khandhari “The value and role of Kanga in dress and cross cultural exchange” – full time, supported through University Research Scholarship.
Ana Munoz “Sustainable Design” – full time, supported through Brazil Government scholarship.
Key members of staff:
Pammi Sinha (Research Group Leader)
Eun Suk Hur