Research streams in the School of Fashion and Textiles.
The School works across five streams of research enquiry by bringing together expertise from design, curatorial practice, business, technology and science:
- Saving lives – delivers solutions for safer and healthier lives, and the environments we interact with, through the design and development of advanced materials and performance textiles.
- Producing fashion – interrogates global fashion systems to propose distinctive and sustainable approaches to how fashion is produced, consumed and communicated.
- Body: Centric Lab – examines through inter-disciplinary methodologies bridging science, technology, fashion, performance and art, how clothing and fashion can enable and enhance the physiological, emotional, social body.
- Creative Materials Lab – explores materials as a site for cultural engagement and innovation through emergent and inter-disciplinary design practices.
- Design activism – agents of change, practices that challenge the politics, ethics and conditions of (fashion and textile) design.
Within these streams, we contest research that can encompass both theoretical or practice based perspectives, technical, creative and applied approaches, the literal and imaginative, and explicit and tacit ways of knowing. We work in parallel and collaborate with practitioners, industry partners, community groups, government agencies, and academics through the School’s Centre and RMIT’s Design Research Institute and Platform Technologies Research Institute as well as national and international research organisations and universities.