Fashion Design

Find out about the latest research and projects, conducted by UAL researchers, involving fashion design.

Centre for Sustainable Fashion is a UAL research centre associated with fashion design.

You can browse UAL Research Online, the University’s Institutional Repository, for an online showcase of all research produced at University of the Arts London.

  • Exploding Fashion: Cutting, Constructing and Thinking Through Things

    This project foregrounds the role of the pattern cutter, an essential maker and technician in the fashion design process whose role is essentially unacknowledged in design histories and unfamiliar to consumers.

  • Education4Fashion-Tech: Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Fashion in the Digital Era

    UAL-London College of Fashion (UK) in partnership with Polytechnic University of Milan- Italy, and the Swedish School of Textiles, - at University of Borås, have established an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership for higher education within the new field of Fashiontech.

  • Archaeology of Fashion Film

    This project will run between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019 and will be led by fashion historian and theorist Caroline Evans as Principal Investigator, media scholar Jussi Parikka and art historian Marketa Uhlirova as Co-investigators.

  • Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Post-Western Perspectives

    Design Futures in SSA: Post-Western Perspectives is a network of pioneering technologists, curators and scholars from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and UK funded by The Leverhulme Trust.


    Achieving and Retrieving Creativity through European fashion Cultural Heritage Inspiration. Funded by Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships.

  • Catalytic Clothing

    A public experiment between Fashion and Science - an endeavour to purify the air we breathe, part funded by the EPSRC.

  • e-Size

    eSize is a research project assessing how software aimed at capturing consumer body measurements and providing accurate size recommendations can benefit the retail industry by improving the online shopping experience. This project was funded by the ESRC.

  • Faith & Fashion

    Can faithful shoppers be shoppers of faith? How does religion relate to fashion? Can spirituality have style? Should the fashion industry respond to people who want to express their faith and spirituality through their clothes?

  • Local Wisdom

    The Local Wisdom project seeks to recognise and honour a user’s ‘craft’. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

  • Research in the Wild

    Research in the Wild: Body Shape Recognition for Online Fashion. This project developed an online tool that allows an untrained user to realise their body size and shape from their own home, using a standard digital camera/webcam. Funded by the EPSRC.


    The TRANSFER (Trading Approaches to Nurturing Sustainable consumption in Fashion and Energy Retail) project will facilitate knowledge exchange between energy and fashion retailers regarding the promotion of sustainable consumption. Funded by the ESRC.

  • Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion

    Considerate Design is both a concept and a toolkit developed to support fashion designers to embed sustainability into their decision making process. Funded by the AHRC and EPSRC.

  • Creative Lab

    A Helen Storey Foundation project that worked as a catalyst allowing teachers and students to explore creative learning.

  • Energy Project

    An experiment with three London schools, to redesign the school timetable to align with the natural flow of human energy in a day. The project also addressed issues surrounding, obesity, attendance and self-esteem.

  • Eye and I

    'Eye and I' ran as a pilot project in 2005. The project examined the impact of 'authentic emotion' on our wellbeing. The 'Eye and I' installation investigated the influence on audiences of intense emotions, conveyed only through eye contact. Funded by the Arts Council England.

  • Fashion Colloquia

    The Fashion Colloquia is made up of a core network of 4 institutions, connected by their residence and involvement in the four big 'Fashion weeks' across the globe. As result, for the first time, members of this core network will use the occurrence of the fashion weeks to organize a series of colloquia to operate in tandem to the fashion weeks.

  • Fashioning Efficient Metadata

    This project used the University’s expertise to increase efficiency in supply chain through metadata production and computer tools. It mapped the dataflow through the business to facilitate supply chain efficiency and create standardisation. This project was funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

  • Ideas that can change the World

    A project in schools across England, that will tap into the fresh and exciting ideas of young people and help the best of them become reality by giving them access to the knowledge and tools needed.

  • Modest Dressing

    Modest Dressing: Faith-based Fashion and Internet Retail was a research project set up to study the growing market for modest clothing among women of the three Abrahamic faiths: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Funded by the AHRC.

  • Monetising Efficient Metadata

    This project aims to develop a robust application of existing metadata to enable the linkage of body and clothing XML with production descriptors to already ISO standardised e-business ERP systems and transactional markup languages. Funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

  • Primitive Streak

    A science-art collaboration elucidating 10 key events in human embryonic development funded by DED, Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, Netpark, Newcastle Science Festival, Sheffield City Council, Science Learning Centres.


    A project researching Mass Customisation in Fashion throughout Europe on a wide and large scale. SERVIVE aims to be the launching platform enabling large-scale implementation of Mass Customisation in the European Fashion Domain. Funded by the EU 7th Framework programme.

  • Shopping Routes: Networks of Consumption

    Shopping Routes: Networks of Fashion Consumption in London's West End 1945-1979 investigated the development of London's West End as a key location in metropolitan, national and global cultures of fashion consumption. Funded by the ESRC.

  • SizeUK - Results from the UK National Sizing Survey

    In July 2001 SizeUK, a collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry, leading British retailers and academics announced the first ever UK National Sizing Survey.

  • Translating Fashion: Eastern Europe, Western Europe, 1910-2010

    Today's fashion in Eastern Europe and Russia is contextualised within the significant political, economic and social changes brought about by the collapse of socialism and the globalisation of information and commerce. Funded by the AHRC.

  • Unilever Projects and Commissions

    A series of projects and commissions conducted with Unilever.

  • Wonderland

    A scientist and fashion designer working together to create real solutions for a more sustainable world, funded by DED, ShowStudio, Interface, AIG, Arts Council, Lottery Fund, EPSRC, Sainsbury’s, Make Things Happen, METRC, A&B, Meadowhall, Sheffield City Council, SUEL