EDUCATION

Current: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia. Doctor of Philosophy (School of Fashion and Textiles).

2017. Parsons School of Design, New York, United States. MA, Fashion Studies (with Distinction). 

  • Thesis: “What the Nose Knows: Memories and Narratives of Smell and Clothing.” Primary Advisor: Dr Heike Jenss.  Second Reader: Dr Francesca Granata
  • Awards: Academic Honours; Outstanding Student Award for Academic Achievement and Collegiality; Elected student speaker, MA graduation ceremony. 
  • Academic Service: Editor, MA Fashion Studies Digest, Fall 2016 –Spring 2017; Co-organiser, ADHT Graduate Student Symposium, May 11-12, 2017.

2007. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. BA, Applied Science (Fashion & Textile Merchandising) (with Distinction).

  • Thesis: “The Green Affair: The Eco-Fashion Trend in Australia.
  • Awards: Calibre Award for Excellence in Product Development

2002. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. BA, Business (Communication)(Public Relations).

 

Work: Research

Research Assistant to Dr Heike Jenss, Parsons School of Design, New York. January 2016 – June 2017. 

Work: Teaching

Tutor. RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

Fashion Studies 1, Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours), 2018.

Teaching Assistant. Parsons School of Design, New York.

Graduate course: Fashion Cultures, Spring 2017. Undergraduate courses: History of Fashion, Fall 2016; Introduction to Fashion Studies, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Guest Lecturer & Panels. RMIT, Melbourne. Trend Forecasting, School of Architecture & Design. 2013 & 2014. Judging Panel, Product Development Project, School of Fashion & Textiles. 2012.

Work: industry

Fashion Trend Forecaster. WGSN, Freelance. 2009 – 2015. Modisto, Trend Manager, Melbourne, Australia. February 2010 – July 2016.

Design Coordinator (Youth). Myer, Melbourne, Australia. December 2007 – May 2009.

 

Other fashion-related jobs have included many years experience as a retail assistant, a short internship at Melbourne label Chip Chop, and a few seasons as a backstage dresser at MFW.

And before I began in the fashion industry, I had jobs as a piano teacher, waitress, dish-washer, and a youth worker  - it was a winding path that brought me to where I am today but one that has richly informed my current work and interests.