EDUCATION

Current: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Industries Faculty/ School of Design).

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

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.

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.