Jessica is a senior academic with a background in fashion and textiles and a practice led PhD from the University of the Arts, London (UAL) and over eighteen years cross disciplinary teaching and research experience in graduate and post graduate education. She is currently Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Research in the School of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Prior to this she was Program Manager for Fashion Design at RMIT. Until 2014 she was Research Development coordinator for the School of Media and Communication at the London College of Fashion (UAL), and prior to this Director of Programmes for Performance at the same institution. She has lectured and run courses in fashion design, illustration, fashion promotion and design for performance as well as delivering conference papers, publishing, exhibiting and curating exhibitions in her field both in the UK and internationally.
Her research and practice is concerned with developing methods for embodied clothing design and communication that are informed by interdisciplinary practice at the intersection of fashion, fine art and performance. She has designed predominantly for exhibition, the music industry and contemporary dance and more recently moving image. Her work has been performed and exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at galleries and venues including The ICA,, APT Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barge House South Bank, the Linbury Space, Royal Opera House, The Place and at the Bolzano Festival in Italy.
Recent work includes concept and co-curation of Fashion & Performance: materiality, Meaning, Media at the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2013, Netherlands; concept, design and art direction of a costume led performance at the National Gallery, London and a garment installation performance at Wye Gallery, Berlin for Berlin Fashion Week and an Installation for Out of our Heads an exhibition funded by the Arts Council England and curated by James Putnam at The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall, London 2014.
Jessica’s Published Research Papers are available on academia.edu
2007 PhD, University of the Arts London. (Funded research studentship)
Title: ‘Interface: Concept and Context as Strategies for Innovative Fashion Design and Communication: An Analysis from the Perspective of the Conceptual Fashion Design Practitioner’.
Supervisors: Professor Sandy Black, Professor Helen Thomas, and Professor Christopher Breward. Examiners: Professor Maureen Wayman and Dr Joanne Entwistle.
1996 MA Textiles/ Fashion (Distinction), Manchester Metropolitan University (Paul Hamlyn Bursary)
1995 BA (Hons) Fashion (lst class), Liverpool John Moore’s University
National Gallery – www.flightlcf.blogspot.co.uk
A big thank you to all the people I have worked with:
Photography: Roulla Silver http://www.linkedin.com/pub/roulla-silver/16/68b/32
Photography and Film: Roy Shakespeare – www.royshakespeare.co.uk
Photography: Ian Livesey Charles Degrazi
Photography: Richard Nolan-Neylan – www.richardnolan-neylan.co.uk
Photography: Marc Craig
Film Direction and Editing: Tim Keeling www.timkeeling.com Marta Di Francesco
Performer: Fukiko Takase www.fukidance.com
Realisation: Annette Robinson
Makeup: Viktor Charles, Luka Watabe, & Bea Sweet
Website: Steven Allen www.stvnalln.com & www.3-degrees.co