1st Edition

The Future of Fashion Education Speculation, Experience and Collaboration

Edited By Kirsten Scott, Barry Curtis, Claire Pajaczkowska Copyright 2025
    220 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Fashion education is changing. Not only is it preparing students for induction into the ethos and business practices of a wide variety of design, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, retailing and promotional activities, it is also offering understanding and empowerment for meeting the challenges of sustainability, decolonisation and new business models. This book presents twenty essays by cosmopolitan thinkers, activists and designers to explore new challenges and potentials for fashion education.

    The chapters comprise case studies, manifestos, and detailed analyses of the realpolitik of collaborating across continents and more sustained overviews of the imminent crises and prospective challenges that face practitioners. Recurring themes include the geopolitics of globalisation, the imbalances between North and South, decolonisation, intersectionality, exploitation, cultural appropriation and social justice. The thought-provoking contributions show that, although we confront a common challenge in shaping the future of education, we have varied approaches and opportunities to address a transforming industry.

    This edited collection addresses the issues of greatest concern to students, designers, lecturers and researchers in fashion and allied fields of creative design and as such will find a varied audience.

    Preface - Dr. Kirsten Scott.

    Privilege Keynote - Bel Jacobs.

    Introduction - Speculating, Experiencing and Collaborating.

    Dr. Claire Pajaczkowska and Professor Barry Curtis.

    Part I: Fashion Futures: Speculations

    1. Cradle to Cradle - Creating to Survive: A Manifesto for Design Education.

    Helga Behrmann.

    2. Mediating wearer-clothing relationships - a case study in Fashion Design Education.

     Ana Neto and Professor Gabriela Forman.

    3. Cast-aways: Repair as a way to alter consumer habits.

     Gauri Sinari and Dr. Geetha Pandey.

    4. The Fashion Kitchen - a case study on integrating biomaterials into fashion design education.

     Noorin Khamisani, Vanessa Gate and Mirko Daneluzzo.

    5. Something or Other: ‘Othering Tech’ and Ideational Learning Environments for Fashion.

    Simon Thorogood.

    Part II : Future Education: Experiences

    6. Arguing for a Broader Engagement of Fashion Students with Politics - Starting with a Discussion of Labour.

     Ira Solomatina.

    7. Uniqueness in Fashon - Disrupting Modernity, Igniting Indigenous Romanticism.

    Pierre-Antoine Vettorello

    8. An Autoethnographic Narrative of Chinese Students' Quietness: A Reflection on Experiences of Learning and Teaching in Fashion.

     Dr. Yu Lun Eve Lin.

    9. Fashion is a Field: Seeing Through the Eyes of an Ethnologist.

     Dr Kristin Hahn.

    10. Cultural Studies in Higher Education: Assessments, Learning Outcomes and Scope.

    Dr. Rishab Manocha.

    11. A Decolonial Trend Forecasting Methodology.

    Sandra Mathey Garcia-Rada.

    12. Landworkers’ Wardrobe; an enquiry into relational design and rethinking the role of designer.

     Zoe Gilbertson

    Part III: Communication and Collaboration

    13. Fashion, Culture and Design Dialogues.

     Dr. Kirsten Scott and Yvonne Ntiamoah.

    14. Bridging Decoloniality and Sustainability in Fashion.

    Dr Katrina Sark.

    15. Centre for Online, Interactive Learning Project [C.O.I.L].

    Dr. Patsy Perry, Rebecca Neary, Kat Scott, and Dr. Elizabeth Kealy-Morris.

    16. The Global Artisan Project: A Collaboration, Co-Creation Project, Connecting Fashion Undergraduates and Indian Artisans.

    Shalini Gupta, Ishi Srivastava and Dr. Elizabeth Kealy-Morris.

    17. The (Only) Future of Fashion? The Role of Small Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Driving Transformational Change.

     Dr. Patrick `Elf and Professor Andrea Werner.





    Kirsten Scott is Head of Research at Istituto Marangoni London.

    Barry Curtis is Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture [Middlesex University] where he was a Head of School and Director of Research.

    Claire Pajaczkowska studied art and design in London and New York. She has published widely on film, art, design and popular culture.