The School of Fashion and Textiles is a globally renowned provider of fashion and textiles education with a history that dates back to the 19th century. Today we are renowned for our students’ achievements, innovative research and partnerships with industry.

Our staff are practising fashion and textiles professionals and our courses address the global fashion and textiles industries. A genuinely creative, collaborative and international community, we support and encourage research opportunities for our students and staff. Research interests and expertise span areas including sustainability, technical and material innovation, costume and the history of dress, and the psychology of fashion. We also actively foster genuine interdisciplinary design research collaborations with industry and academics elsewhere.


Dress in Context research cluster

The School of Fashion and Textiles hosts the Dress in Context research cluster. Dress in Context is concerned with dress in all its manifestations, as well as its relationship to the individual and society. Dress is not restricted to clothing and fashion in the conventional sense, but encompasses all forms of personal adornment and self-presentation. We welcome doctoral projects that examine dress from a range of perspectives, including fashion theory and design, technology, psychology, sociology, literature, history and art. The cluster includes researchers from a variety of backgrounds and places emphasis on working collaboratively with academics from other institutions, as well as building bridges to those from outside the academy.  Find out more on our website. 

Dress in Context

Our Researchers:

  • Dr Nazlı Alimen
  • Dr Anne Boultwood
  • Dr. Dilusha Rajapakse
  • Dr Hye-Won Lim



Other Scholars and Practitioners:

  • Louise Chapman
  • Sheila Griffiths
  • Zoe Hillyard
  • Claudia Huxtable
  • Jason Johns
  • Caroline Raybould
  • Beth White

Current postgraduate researchers (PhDs):

  • Jasbir Kaur: Indian Fashion Cities
  • Joanna Jarvis: Fashion, Footwork & Fantasy. The relationship between costume for dance, fashion, and body image in the late 18th Century.
  • Nataliya Rozhin: Unseen Body: cultural phenomena in contemporary fashion
  • Gaopeng Zhang: An Exploratory Study of an Interactive Design Model for Fashion Company 
  • Xin Zhang: Chinese Knitwear Brands: How can greater creative design lead to global success? 

Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is awarding up to 94 doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2020 through an open competition as well as 15 Collaborative Doctoral Awards.

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