Fashion and textile design research

Our research in fashion and textile design explores innovative design concepts, garments, textiles, materials, accessories and systems that respond to the current world through digital fabrication technologies, traditional processes and critical thinking.

Our expertise includes textile construction, fibre, yarn and new materials development, textiles coloration, surface design, sustainable fashion systems, fashion design strategies, pattern-making, garment production and fashion communication.

Research expertise

Fashion design, innovation and development

Our design-led interdisciplinary research and development, exploring LED embedded circuitry through to laser cutting technologies, exemplify the research strategies that connect everyday clothing to the future of fashion. Often underpinned by sustainable initiatives, and responding to global societal and environmental issues, contemporary research and design practice brings new knowledge to the global fashion industry.


Fashion studies and pop culture

The study of fashion in popular culture examines the role of clothing in constructing material identity and in shaping personal and social space. It encompasses such diverse fields as film, comics, literature, music and the arts and is one of the principle ways in which we understand the zeitgeist at any given time. Fashion is a barometer by which taste, gender, sexuality and class are measured and relates to style, consumption, appearance and adornment across all societies and cultures.


Sustainable and ethical fashion

Fashion design at Massey University is leading the way with sustainable fashion design research, in order to create more meaningful engagement with fashion. From zero-waste cutting to new fashion systems, our research responds to social, political and environmental issues of the contemporary world.


Textile and material design

Design-led interdisciplinary research and development in textiles is focused on new textile-based materials and processes including work with wool, plant based fibres, biopolymers and natural dyes.

We have expertise and experience in textile construction, fibre, yarn and new materials development and performance, textiles coloration and surface design using both traditional processes and digital fabrication techniques, often leading to commercialisation. We have a strong emphasis on design for sustainability but also explore areas such as digitisation and animation of textile pattern, textile history and the relationship between drawing and textiles.



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