Exploring upcycling as a design process through fashion education

Noorin Khamisani

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


If we accept the premise that upcycling is a design process for a sustainable circular fashion industry, this chapter poses the question, ‘how can we evolve fashion education in response’? Upcycling is more than reworking used garments into new, higher value items. It points to a new design process, fit for a future where we live within planetary boundaries. Focusing on one syllabus within a newly established design university in the United Arab Emirates, this project offers an alternative starting point for educating fashion students and serves as a challenge to the existing approach to design education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationState-of-the-Art Upcycling Research and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Upcycling Symposium 2020
EditorsKyungeun Sung, Jagdeep Singh, Ben Bridgens
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783030726409
ISBN (Print)9783030726393
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021
EventInternational Upcycling Symposium 2020 - De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20204 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Production Engineering
ISSN (Print)2194-0525
ISSN (Electronic)2194-0533


ConferenceInternational Upcycling Symposium 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • circular fashion
  • upcycling
  • design process
  • fashion education


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