Ph.D. - School of Architecture and Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Thesis title: 'Integrating sustainable strategies in the fashion design process: A conceptual model of the fashion designer in haute couture.'
BA (Hons) - Fashion & Textiles Design, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK
Alison Gwilt, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor in Design at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her research investigates how positive/sustainable design interventions can be used to challenge the current clothing production and consumption paradigm. Currently she is examining how design can help keep textiles in use. Alison’s books include ‘Shaping Sustainable Fashion’ (with Timo Rissanen) Routledge, 2011; ‘Fashion Design for Living’ Routledge, 2015; ‘Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion’ (with Alice Payne and Evelise Anicet Ruthschilling) Bloomsbury, 2019; and ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ Bloomsbury, 2020 (2nd edition).
Alison holds a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne and a BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design from Central St Martins College of Art in London, and she has worked in academia in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Following her role as Reader in Fashion and Sustainability at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Alison relocated back to Australia in 2017.
My Research Supervision
Emma Peters, PhD candidate: Designing new circular pathways for post-consumer textile waste in the bedlinen industries.
Alia Parker, Scientia PhD candidate: Critical bio-textiles: Reconceptualising human-centred design through collaboration with Mycelium.
Nicole Crouch, PhD candidate: A cultural ethical design framework for commercial textile print designers
Monica Cvitanovic, PhD candidate: Crafting time to care: Sloppy stitching as a method of reclamation of the embodied history of women’s craft-based knowledge within a regenerative textile practice
Joanna Fowles, MFA candidate: Plant Chroma Codes: A changemaker approach to colour sourced from urban foraged materials and waste.
* Alison received the 2022 Arc PGC Research Supervisor Award for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture.
PhD examiner (in the UK, Australia, Finland, New Zealand) for 6 candidates
I am a convenor for Textiles courses at UNSW Art & Design.