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Dr Alison Gwilt

Reader in Fashion and Sustainability

Summary

Dr Alison Gwilt is a fashion design researcher, author and consultant. She explores and promotes a range of innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. Her work focuses on the use of positive/sustainable design interventions that challenge the current production and consumption paradigm. Alison’s books include ‘Shaping Sustainable Fashion’ (2011), ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ (2014) and ‘Fashion Design for Living’ (2015). She currently holds the post of Reader in Fashion and Sustainability in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

  • About

    Dr Alison Gwilt is a fashion design researcher, author and consultant. She explores and promotes a range of innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices and principles. Her work focuses on the use of positive/sustainable design interventions and user-centred approaches that challenge the current production and consumption paradigm. Alison has published widely in the field of sustainability and fashion and her books include ‘Shaping Sustainable Fashion’ (2011), ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ (2014, also available in Spanish and Portuguese) and ‘Fashion Design for Living’ (2015).

    Alison has a Ph.D from RMIT University, Melbourne and a BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design from Central St Martins College of Art in London. She has worked in design education in the UK, New Zealand and Australia and currently holds the post of Reader in Fashion and Sustainability in the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She is an advisor to the not-for-profit organisations Redress (Hong Kong), and the Ethical Fashion Forum in the UK.

    Sustainability and fashion design; sustainability and the fashion industry; sustainable design strategies; approaches to sustainable fashion
    The fashion design process; new directions for fashion design; new models of fashion design practice
    Fashion as an interdisciplinary practice; user-centred fashion; fashion, health and well-being

  • Teaching

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Fashion & Interiors Subject Group

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Shaping Sustainable Fashion

    A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

    Make, Do and Mend

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    External examiner roles: MA Fashion Design and MA Textile Design at University of Brighton; BA (Hons) Fashion Design, Buckinghamshire New University
    Advisor to the sustainable fashion industry NGOs, the Ethical Fashion Forum (UK) and Redress (Asia).
    Peer Reviewer for, Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry, The Design Journal, Zed books, Fairchild / Bloomsbury publishing.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Director of Studies for two full-time students.
    Areas of study include: “Exploring wellbeing in yarn-based amateur craftswomen who make alone and share online” and
    “Utilising re-use and recycling strategies in costume design in Kuwait theatre.

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