Associate Professor Alison Gwilt
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Alison Gwilt

Arts,Design & Architecture
iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research

In my work as a fashion design researcher, author and consultant I examine and promote innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. My work focuses on the use of positive/sustainable and circular design interventions that challenge the current production and consumption paradigm.

My books include, ‘Shaping Sustainable Fashion’ (with Timo Rissanen) Routledge, 2011; ‘Fashion Design for Living’ Routledge, 2015; and ‘Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion’ (with Alice Payne and Evelise Anicet Ruthschilling) Bloomsbury, 2019; ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ Bloomsbury, 2020 (2nd edition).

I hold a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne and a BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design from Central St Martins College of Art in London, and I have worked in academia in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Following my role as Reader in Fashion and Sustainability at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, I relocated to Australia in 2017.

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My Research Supervision

Emma Peters, PhD student: Designing new circular pathways for post-consumer textile waste in the bedlinen industries.

Alia Parker, Scientia PhD student: Critical bio-textiles: Reconceptualising human-centred design through collaboration with Mycelium

My Teaching

I am a convenor for Textiles courses at UNSW Art & Design.