I'm a fashion scholar and PhD student but it took me a while to get here. I grew up checking my gumboots for spiders and watching cloudy skies in the western district of Victoria, Australia. Or I was reading; always reading. After primary school, we moved to Brisbane for sunny suburbia, where I completed the first of my two undergraduate degrees, Business Communication at QUT. Study was punctuated by two years as a youth worker, at a boarding school in rural NSW and then on the Sunshine Coast. Although the switch from business to youth work was surprising, it was in the pursuit of two interests: how things worked (through systems of business and power) and why (a keen interest in people). Clothes, as products made by people for people, seemed to be a powerful combination of these interests, and so began my career in the fashion industry.
An undergraduate degree, in Fashion Merchandising and Product Development at RMIT, was followed by a position at Myer as the design coordinator for youth brands, stretching my design skills. However, it was the trend forecasting aspect of my work that became my focus. I left for an internship in London with WGSN, a relationship that continued through freelance work once I returned to Australia. I joined Modisto, a wholesaler with numerous Australian clients, as their trend forecaster, delivering womenswear, menswear, and childrenswear forecasts and product development across multiple categories. After six years, the challenges of the industry prompted a move to New York for the Masters in Fashion Studies program at Parsons School of Design. It was a privilege to join a diverse community in critically engaging with the many questions entangled with how and why we dress the way we do. A research assistantship and several teaching assistantships confirmed my desire to pursue academia, further encouraged through receiving academic honours and an outstanding achievement award.
My general research interests include the significance of everyday clothing, the public and private practices of dress, memory and clothing, and the (future) performances and embodiment of dress. My doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Craik and Dr Alice Payne at QUT (Creative Industries/ School of Design), explores the multisensory experience of clothing, seeking to go beyond the experience and characterisation of the dressed body as being primarily visual.