A leading UK cross-disciplinary fashion researcher, Associate Professor Jessica Bugg, has joined RMIT University.
Having spent more than 16 years in cross-disciplinary teaching and research at the London College of Fashion and University for the Creative Arts in the UK, Associate Professor Bugg brings a wealth of experience to her new role.
Her decision to join RMIT followed a research residency undertaken in early 2013, where she was inspired by the School’s distinctive research culture.
"As a researcher I was drawn to RMIT because of its art and design research profile, which is well regarded in the UK and internationally," she said.
"I am particularly impressed by the practice-led research culture in fashion that is redefining methods and approaches to the subject."
During her research residency, Associate Professor Bugg said she was also struck by the enthusiasm and ingenuity of the staff and students.
"In that time I worked with many forward thinking fashion and interdisciplinary researchers as well as being involved in the delivery of equally original undergraduate studios such as Fashion Performs and Fashion Film," she said.
"The attitude and commitment of staff and students in the department was and is infectious!".
Holding a PhD from the University of the Arts, London (UAL), Dr Bugg has lectured and run courses in fashion design, illustration, fashion promotion and design for performance, as well as delivering conference papers, publishing, exhibiting and curating exhibitions in her field both in the UK and internationally.
Work in progress "Optical Laces" 2014. Concept, Design, Art Direction: Jessica Bugg, Documentary Photography: Renee Lindell, Film: Tim Keeling.
She has appeared in group and solo exhibitions across the world, exploring the complex intersection between the designer, wearer and viewer of conceptual fashion and clothing.
Some of her most recent work includes the concept and co-curation of Fashion and Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media at the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2013, Netherlands; the concept, design and art direction of a costume-led performance at the National Gallery, London; and a garment installation performance at Wye Gallery, Berlin, for Berlin Fashion Week.
Associate Professor Robyn Healy, head of the School of Fashion and Textiles, heralded Associate Professor Bugg’s appointment as a new direction for the delivery of teaching within the School.
"Jessica's appointment is significant for the School of Fashion and Textiles in both supporting and expanding our practice-led research and pedagogy across undergraduate and Higher Degree by Research cohorts," she said.
"Jessica will provide leadership for the fashion design program and develop the fashion research cluster concerned with embodied design and communication."
Before her research residency at RMIT, Associate Professor Bugg could not have anticipated embarking on such a life-changing move to the other side of the world.
"In early 2013, I would never have thought that I would leave London and move my life to Melbourne," she said.
"However, I am looking forward to moving forward with the program, the School and University over the coming years".
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