The School of Fashion and Textiles is world renowned as a dynamic and progressive educational leader whose impact influences the future of fashion and textiles.
Informed by global awareness and astute knowledge of industry, the School leads in creative and entrepreneurial practices.
Staff are engaged as both practitioners and researchers, and are active as fashion and textile designers, curators, business innovators and leaders of industry.Their expertise and active engagement with industry allows students to stay up-to-date with current industry needs throughout their studies, meaning that students graduate highly sought after by industry and can find positions in all areas of the global fashion and textiles supply chain. Students make their mark through sustainable and independent design practices and contribute significantly to management and business operations through strategic fashion entrepreneurship.
Equipped to enter into the competitive fashion industry, graduates can be found working for leaders in the global field including Dior, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton, and shaping the local market at Country Road, Myer and Forever New.
Investing in fashion futures
RMIT Fashion and Textiles continues to develop new environments for delivering programs. In 2014, RMIT invested more than AU$7 million in the Brunswick campus to create Melbourne’s state-of-the-art Fashion Hub.
The development contributes to establishing creative and exploratory learning environments that connect design and production, engaging learners with practice and advanced digital technologies, and stimulating new applications, methods and modes of thinking.
Fostering international and interdisciplinary research collaborations
Across RMIT Brunswick, City and RMIT Vietnam campuses, the School’s programs foster international partnerships with leading global institutes, encouraging exchange and research collaboration.
The School’s research focuses on both textile technology and creative practice, with researchers leading the field with projects concerned with the urban environment; applications for high performance textiles that have the capacity to deliver solutions for safer and healthier lives, from development of protective clothing for fire-fighters to garments that monitor wellbeing; and new modes of producing and consuming fashion.
Research streams bring together experts from design, curatorial practice, business, technology and science to address, challenge and improve on the status quo.
The School’s research expertise focus on:
- Saving lives
- Producing fashion
- Body: Centric Lab
- Creative Materials Lab
- Design activism.