Acclaimed curator and fashion researcher Associate Professor Robyn Healy has been appointed Head of RMIT's School of Fashion and Textiles.
Having held the role of acting Head of School for almost 12 months, Associate Professor Healy said she was excited by the opportunity to expand the School and its programs.
"I will be leading the School of Fashion and Textiles through a critical period of change," she said.
"I aim to bring together the Brunswick and City cohorts to develop an engaged and responsive community of staff, students and industry."
The recent introduction of two new fashion Master programs aligns the School with the world's leading fashion institutes in London, Paris and New York and confirms RMIT's position as a global leader in fashion and textiles.
Associate Professor Healy said the implementation of the Master of Fashion (Design) and Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) sets RMIT apart as a leader in the Australian and international education sector.
"The programs position graduates as pre-eminent innovators, who influence the future of global fashion and address the need for high-level and specialised fashion entrepreneurship," she said.
Associate Professor Healy joined RMIT in 2006 and was instrumental in developing initiatives such as the fashion research cohort and cross-disciplinary practice in the fashion design programs.
As part of her new role, she will oversee the further development of the fashion research cohort and its reputation as an industry leader.
"We will continue to expand our research capabilities, and grow our research activities, as well as continue our focus on industry collaborations and international partnerships," Associate Professor Healy said.
She will also aim to increase PhD cohorts and ensure global benchmarking with the most reputable international institutes.
Associate Professor Healy said the School's graduates were highly regarded in the global fashion industry, and ensuring they continued to make an impact on the world stage was essential.
"Students have the mobility to study in Vietnam, Europe and Indonesia," she said.
"This creates potential pathways, and increased employment opportunities to work within the global fashion industry.