Fashion and Textiles

Research in Fashion and Textiles at De Montfort University is located within the Institute of Art and Design. We conduct high quality research across a spectrum which includes textile and fashion design, retail and supply chain, textile and clothing performance, technical textiles, natural fibres and textile processing, textile biotechnology and textile history. Our research and expertise in textile technology and biotechnology is concentrated in the Textiles Engineering and Materials Research Group (TEAM). 

Practice-based, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and collaborative research are encouraged. Our research includes investigation into hand- and machine-based heritage techniques, new technologies, new media, and material, visual and digital culture. The fact that innovation in fashion and textiles sits between science, art, design and technology is central to the ethos and motivation of the group. 

Fashion and Textiles Research at De Montfort University invites applications to the Midlands 4 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. 

For further information on research within the Institute of Art and Design, click here. For further information on the Textiles Engineering and Materials Research Group (TEAM), click here. For enquiries, please contact: 

Dr Elizabeth Lambourn –

material culture of South Asia and Islamic Middle East, Indian Ocean 

Dr Serena Dyer –

material culture history, including consumption, retail and shopping, as well as making, manufacture, dress, and fashion histories. She also has expertise in gender and queer histories. 

Dr YeSeung Lee –

fashion practice, handmade, material culture of 20th century fashion, 

cultural politics of luxury fashion, psychoanalytic approach to fashion, fashion and mediatisation 

Dr Emily Baines –

Industry analysis and the influence of industry structure on design innovation, Consumption and retail structure changes in dress textiles & ready-to-wear fashion, The formation of taste and knowledge paradigms, Semiotics and the communication of meaning within material culture, Modernism in the British textiles industry, West African export and locally printed textiles, Textile history and fashion industry history, Sustainable design and corporate sustainability strategy 

Professor Carolyn Hardaker –

Fashion, fashion pedagogy and fashion CAD  

Textiles Engineering and Materials (TEAM)

TEAM was established in the early 1990s to undertake research in textiles. Textile research is by its very nature multi-disciplinary and this is reflected in the wide range of projects undertaken. The group seek to improve materials performance and processing through applied research in four inter-related areas: Textile Products and Processing, Enzymes and Sustainable Technologies, Agriculture and Natural Fibres, Material Performance and Design. 

Professor Jinsong Shen –

Bio-engineering in textile processing, Textile materials and their performance, Textile dyeing, printing and finishing, Flame retardant finishing, Natural fibres (cotton, wool, silk, flax, hemp and nettle, etc), Enzyme-based textile Biotechnology, Textiles effluent treatments, Protein fibres and multifunctional protein materials, Nano-layer surface coating, Sol-gel technology, Natural fibre reinforce composites 

Dr Angela Davies –

Medical/ healthcare textiles, performance textiles, wearable technologies and product performance. 

Dr Jo Horton –

Material cultures of Nineteenth century textiles, history of embroidery and embellishment, electroplating and electroforming techniques and processing, contemporary textile practice, interdisciplinary methodologies in design, historical techniques and the impact of innovation on contemporary issues, artisan's notebooks, printed textiles and surface design for hard materials.  

Dr Claire Lerpiniere –

Design research methods; sustainable design approaches; development of novel technologies and disruptive textile and fashion production and consumption models for sustainability; emotional and affective models for situating designed objects as symbolic locations of family and personal narratives

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