Dr Claire Lerpiniere

Job: Senior Lecturer - Printed Textiles

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7587

E: clerpiniere@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/soft


Personal profile

Claire Lerpiniere is a Senior Lecturer in Textile Design, with 18 years of teaching practice, which is particularly focused on the human and ecological impacts of textiles, and presenting students with alternative technologies and conceptual frameworks to develop the sustainable practice of textile design.

Her research is centred on how we use textile artefacts as social agents which are emotionally significant. Such an approach rejects clothes as static objects, embracing them instead as locations of meaning, memories and symbolism.

Applications of these kinds of conceptual frameworks are relevant to real-world design for sustainability, as ‘slow-fashion’ models whereby people assiduously care for and maintain a garment in order to extend its wear, can redirect consumers away from fast fashion models of consumption.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Art and Design

Key research outputs

'The Fabric Snapshot – Phenomenology, Fashion, and Family Memory'. In: E. Rouse, (ed). IFFTI 2009: Fashion & Wellbeing? Proceedings of the 2009 International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes Conference, April 2-3, London, pp.279-290.

'The Inspiration Board: Visually Evidencing the Hermeneutic Circle'. In: Wade, Sally and Walton, Kerry (eds.) Futurescan: Mapping the Territory, Proceedings of the 2009 Association of Fashion and Textiles Courses Conference, November 17-18 2009, Liverpool, pp.24-29.

Research interests/expertise

Design research methods, particularly sustainable design approaches: development of novel technologies and models for design which disrupt or redirect current textiles and fashion production and consumption models. Emotional and affective models for situating designed objects as symbolic and meaningful locations of family and personal narratives.

Areas of teaching

Sustainable textiles and sustainable design concepts, studio, theoretical and professional practice for textile design including interiors, product, fashion, illustration and cards and wrap / giftware. Career development, professional practice, work experience and post-graduate applications. Concept development, research methods, design outcomes and dissertation supervision and PhD research supervision.


BA (Hons) Textile Design: Chelsea College of Arts. MA Design and Manufacture: De Montfort University. PhD Design Theory: De Montfort University

Courses taught

  • BA (Hons) Textile Design
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Fabrics and Accessories
  • MA Fashion and Bodywear

Membership of professional associations and societies

Design Research Society

Conference attendance

Conference presentation: ‘The Textile Snapshot’.At: Love Objects: Engaging Material Culture – National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 13-14 Feb 2008.

Current research students

2nd Supervisions:

Charlotte Wilkinson

Nalinee Netithammakorn

Professional esteem indicators

Associate Editor:
The Poster, ISSN.20403704

ORCID number


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