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; ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ Bloomsbury, 2014; ‘Fashion Design for Living’ Routledge, 2015; and ‘Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion’ (with Alice Payne and Evelise Anicet Ruthschilling) Bloomsbury, 2019.
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.