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Summary

I am a Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Portsmouth and co-lead of the Fashion, Textiles and Material Futures Research and Innovation Group.  Previously I was part of the founding faculty at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) where I led and implemented the fashion design curriculum, developed in collaboration with Parsons, The New School. Challenging the current system is a key theme in my teaching courses, encouraging students to reimagine the future of fashion practice. 

Research Interests

My current research explores sustainability, circularity and upcycling within fashion practice, decentering fashion, digital fashion design and how fashion education must evolve to ensure students have the skills they need in a fast-changing industry. 

I recently was awarded funding by the UoP Enterprise Programme to further develop PO1 an upcycled fashion brand situated within the BA Fashion and Textiles course, initially created by the Fashion, Textiles, Material Futures Research and Innovation group. 

Biography

I am a fashion designer, educator and researcher.  Focused on fashion design for sustainability, informed by a decade of professional practice.  I was among the first wave of the pioneering ethical fashion movement in Europe in the mid-2000s, setting up the independent fashion brand Outsider in London in 2009. I continue to exhibit and sell my work internationally as well as lecturing in fashion design.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact Noorin Khamisani on noorin.khamisani@port.ac.uk .

Education/Academic qualification

MA, Fashion Futures, London College of Fashion

Award Date: 1 Feb 2019

BA (Hons), Fashion Design, University for the Creative Arts

Award Date: 21 Jun 2002

External positions

Lecturer in Fashion Design, Concentration Coordinator., Dubai Institute for Design and Innovation

15 Jul 201920 Dec 2021

Associate lecturer, Course developer, London College of Fashion

1 Jul 20111 Jul 2019

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