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Holly McQuillan MDes, BDes(Hons)

Senior Lecturer

School of Design

Holly McQuillan is a designer, maker, writer and facilitator, who works primarily in the field of sustainable design practice. Holly teaches at Massey University School of Design, across all levels; undergraduate, post-graduate, as well as delivering master-classes to the public. Her work often explores risk taking in the context of fashion design as a way of discovering new ways of viewing and creating the world we live in. Currently Holly is co-authoring the first comprehensive book on Zero Waste Fashion and working towards an exhibition exploring the intersections of Zero Waste and Open Design.



  • Master of Design - Massey University (2005)
  • Bachelor of Design (Honours) - Massey University (2003)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Sustainable Design. Sustainable Fashion. Zero Waste Fashion Design. Open Source Design. 

Research Opportunities

  • Research Assistant  (01/04/2015) To assist in the delivery of 'MakeUse', an exhibition of User modifiable, zero waste garments. Soft Materials experience preferred. Paid position.
  • Research Intern  (01/04/2015) To assist a collaborative multi-disciplinary design team as we work towards the delivery of 'MakeUse', an exhibition of User modifiable, zero waste garments. Soft Materials experience preferred.


Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000): Design Practice and Management (120300): Textile and Fashion Design (120306)


Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Design

Zero Waste Fashion Design

Up-cycling Clothing Design Processes

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Project Leader03
Team Member02

Research Outputs


McQuillan, HL., Rissanen, T., & Roberts, J. (2013). The cutting circle: How making challenging designs. Research Journal of Textile and Apparel. 17(1), 39-49 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: McQuillan, H.
Whitty, J., & McQuillan, HL. (2014). The Wardrobe Hack.
[Internet publication]Authored by: McQuillan, H., Whitty, J.


Rissanen, T., & McQuillan, HL.(2015). Zero Waste Fashion Design. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury
[Authored Book]Authored by: McQuillan, H.

Creative Work

Parkin, TJ., Whitty, J., McQuillan, H., Holdaway, S., Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2015). Space Between online platform.
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A., McQuillan, H., Parkin, T., Whitty, J.
McQuillan, HL. (2014). MAKE USE: User modifiable zero waste fashion design.
[Design]Authored by: McQuillan, H.
McQuillan, HL., & Whitty, J. (2013). Post Modern: Up-cycled Corporate Uniforms.
[Design]Authored by: McQuillan, H., Whitty, J.
McQuillan, HL., Archer, JL., Fox Derwin, E., Kane, K., Bailey, ., Menzies, G., . . . O'Hara, . (2015, May 1). Make/Use Exhibition. (No. of Pieces: 9 garments, 6 flats, digital prints, screen prints, 1 website, 1 catalogue/publication, exhibition design, modular furniture parts, Film and cognitive tools.) Object Space.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J., Bailey, J., Fox Derwin, E., Kane, K., McQuillan, H., O'Hara, W.
Parker, K., Pennington, M., Stevenson, P., & McQuillan, HL. (2014). Revive Chair.
[Design]Authored by: McQuillan, H.
McQuillan, HL. (2013). Zero Waste Biker Jacket. Vogue Patterns Magazine
[Design]Authored by: McQuillan, H.


McQuillan, HL. (2015). MakeUse V2: digital textile technology for user modifiable zero waste fashion. In F. Joseph, M. Smith, M. Smitheram, & J. Hamon (Eds.) : Shapeshifting: A Conference on Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design,
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: McQuillan, H.
McQuillan, HL. (2014). Make/Use V2: Digital textile technology for user modifiable zero waste fashion design. (pp. 46 - 47). , Shapeshifting 2014
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: McQuillan, H.

Consultancy and Languages


  • March 2013 - Sept 2013 - Formway Furniture
    Design consultancy

Media and Links


  • 28 Jun 2014 - Newspaper
    Standing up for Kiwi-made style
    Article about locally made clothing and the emergence of sustainable fashion in New Zealand. I was asked to comment on the globalisation of garment manufacture and the shifts in consumer awareness aro
  • 14 Mar 2013 - Newspaper
    Fashion: Sustainable traction
    Article about the Local Wisdom WGTN project I lead in 2013.
  • 13 Jul 2015 - Radio
    "Ethics in fashion" Interview on Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealands "Standing Room Only" show interviewed Holly McQuillan just prior to the opening of Make/Use.
  • 13 Apr 2015 - Online, Other
    The Cutting Class
    The Cutting Class, a leading website sharing fashion design analysis from the most innovative designers in the world, shared "Tips and Tricks: Zero Waste Kimono from Holly McQuillans blog" as part of
  • 01 Oct 2015 - Magazine
    Frankie Magazine
    I was interviewed by Lucy Corry of Frankie Magazine about my zero waste fashion research practice. Frankie Magazine is a leading design and lifestyle magazine based in Australia

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