Alison Gwilt

Associate Professor

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.

Journal articles
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Niinimäki K; Peters G; Dahlbo H; Perry P; Rissanen T; Gwilt A, 2020, 'The environmental price of fast fashion', Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, vol. 1, pp. 189 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s43017-020-0039-9
2020
Niinimäki K; Peters G; Dahlbo H; Perry P; Rissanen T; Gwilt A, 2020, 'Author Correction: The environmental price of fast fashion (Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, (2020), 1, 4, (189-200), 10.1038/s43017-020-0039-9)', Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, vol. 1, pp. 278, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s43017-020-0054-x
2020
Gwilt A, 2014, 'What Prevents People Repairing Clothes? An Investigation into Community-based Approaches to Sustainable Product Service Systems for Clothing Repair', Making Futures Journal, vol. 3, http://makingfutures.pca.ac.uk/making-futures-journal-archive/making-futures-2013/thematic-sessionsmf13
2014
Gwilt A, 2014, 'The Sustainable Fashion Handbook', FASHION PRACTICE-THE JOURNAL OF DESIGN CREATIVE PROCESS & THE FASHION INDUSTRY, vol. 6, pp. 141 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175693814X13916967095154
2014
Gwilt A, 2013, 'Valuing the Role of the Wearer in the Creation of Sustainable Fashion', Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, vol. 17, pp. 78 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-17-01-2013-B008
2013
Sinha P, 2013, 'Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes', DESIGN JOURNAL, vol. 16, pp. 125 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175630613X13512595147078
2013
Gordon B, 2012, 'Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes', DESIGN AND CULTURE, vol. 4, pp. 260 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175470812X13281948976124
2012
Gwilt A, 2006, 'Exhibition review: The Cutting Edge: Fashion from Japan', Visual Communication, vol. 5, pp. 367 - 372, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357206068465
2006
Books
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Gwilt A, 2020, A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion (Second Edition), Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781474218559
2020
Barnard M, 2020, Fashion Theory, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315099620
2020
Gwilt A; Rissanen T, 2012, Shaping sustainable fashion: Changing the way we make and use clothes, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203126172
2012
Book Chapters
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Gwilt A; Payne A; Ruthschilling EA, 2019, 'GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE FASHION CONCLUDING REMARKS', in Gwilt A; Payne A; Ruthschilling EA (ed.), GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE FASHION, BLOOMSBURY PUBL INC, pp. 263 - 264, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000489297300039&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2019
Gwilt A; Payne A; Ruthschilling EA, 2019, 'GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE FASHION INTRODUCTION', in Gwilt A; Payne A; Ruthschilling EA (ed.), GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SUSTAINABLE FASHION, BLOOMSBURY PUBL INC, pp. XXIV - XXVIII, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000489297300002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2019
Gwilt A; James A, 2019, 'Sustainability and Garment Longevity in the UK High Street', in Gwilt A; Payne A; Ruthschilling EA (ed.), Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion, Bloomsbury, London, pp. 87 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350058170
2019
Gwilt A, 2015, 'Exploring a Framework for fashion Design for Sustainability', in Handbook of Sustainable Apparel Production, CRC Press, pp. 439 - 452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/b18428-26
2015
Gwilt A, 2015, 'Exploring a Framework for Fashion Design for Sustainability', in Handbook of Sustainable Apparel Production, pp. 439 - 452, http://dx.doi.org/10.1201/b18428-26
2015
Gwilt A, 2014, 'Fashion and Sustainability: Repairing The Clothes We Wear', in Gwilt A (ed.), Fashion Design for Living, Taylor & Francis / Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315770758
2014
Gwilt A, 2011, 'Producing Sustainable Fashion: The Points for Positive Intervention by the Fashion Designer', in Gwilt A; Rissanen T (ed.), Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way we Make and Use Clothes, Routledge, London, pp. 59 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203126172
2011
Edited Books
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Gwilt A; Payne A; Ruthschilling EA, (eds.), 2019, Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion, Bloomsbury, London, http://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/global-perspectives-on-sustainable-fashion/
2019
Gwilt A, (ed.), 2015, Fashion Design for Living, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315770758
2015
Gwilt A; Rissanen T, (ed.), 2011, Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way we Make and Use Clothes, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203126172
2011
Reports
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Carlsson J; Gwilt A; Larsson J; Mattila H; Pal RP; Torstensson H, 2017, Re:Textiles - Feasibility of Conditional Design: Organizing a circular textile value chain by design principles, University of Boras, Sweden, http://media.retextile.se/2018/01/Re-conddesign_FINAL.pdf
2017
Conference Papers
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Gwilt A; Pal R, 2017, 'Conditional garment design for longevity', in Bakker C; Mugge R (ed.), PRODUCT LIFETIMES AND THE ENVIRONMENT (PLATE), IOS PRESS, Delft Univ Technol, Fac Ind Design Engn, Delft, NETHERLANDS, pp. 149 - 153, presented at 2nd Conference on Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE), Delft Univ Technol, Fac Ind Design Engn, Delft, NETHERLANDS, 08 November 2017 - 10 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-820-4-149
2017
Gwilt A; O'Mahony M, 2016, 'Where Does Wearable Technology Fit in the Circular Economy?', in Earley R; Goldsworthy K (ed.), Circular Transitions Proceedings, MISTRA Future Fashion & Chelsea College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, pp. 303 - 315, presented at Circular Transitions, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, 23 November 2016 - 24 November 2016, http://circulartransitions.org/media/downloads/Circular-Transitions-Proceedings.pdf
2016
Gwilt A; Leaver J; Young G; Fisher M, 2015, 'Understanding the Caring Practices of Users', in Cooper T; Braithwaite N; Moreno M; Salvia G (eds.), Product Lifetimes and the Environment, EPrints Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Trent University, presented at Product Lifetimes and the Environment, Nottingham Trent University, 17 June 2015 - 19 June 2015, http://plateconference.org/understanding-caring-practices-users/
2015
Gwilt A; Childs C; Sherriff G; Homer C, 2015, 'Old and Cold: Challenges in the Design of Personalised Thermal Comfort at Home', in Christer K (ed.), Design4Health Conference Proceedings, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, presented at Design4Health European conference, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 13 July 2015 - 16 July 2015, http://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/D4H_Childs_et_al.pdf
2015
Gwilt A; Childs C; Sherriff G; Homer C, 2015, 'Community Voices in Design Practice: A Case Study of Understanding Older Adults' Clothing Needs for Keeping Warm at Home', in Britt H; Morgan L; Walton K (eds.), Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities, Loughborough University, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, presented at Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, 11 November 2015 - 12 November 2015, http://ftc-online.org.uk/publications/conference
2015

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