EDUCATION

Current: 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.

2007. RMIT, 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. QUT, Brisbane, Australia. BA, Business (Communication)(Public Relations).

Academic Service

Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia

  • Academic Board Member, 2018 -

Parsons School of Design, NY, US

  • Editor, MA Fashion Studies Digest, Fall 2016 –Spring 2017

  • Co-organiser, ADHT Graduate Student Symposium, May 11-12, 2017.

Work: Research

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

Work: Teaching

Graduate 

LECTURER

Reading the Body and Space, Master of Design, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. Trimester 2, 2018.

Research Project Proposal, Master of Design, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. Trimester 2, 2018.

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Fashion Cultures, Parsons School of Design, New York. Spring 2017.

Undergraduate

LECTURER

Design Context 2, Bachelor of Design, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. Trimester 2, 2018.

TUTOR

Design Context 2, Bachelor of Design, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. Trimester 2, 2018.

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

History of Fashion, Parsons School of Design, New York. Fall 2016

Introduction to Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design, New York. Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Guest Lecturer & Panels 

"Fashion and the Senses", Fashion Studies 3, Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours), RMIT, Australia. Semester 1, 2018.

Trend Forecasting, School of Architecture & Design, RMIT, Australia. 2013 & 2014.

 Judging Panel, Product Development Project, School of Fashion & Textiles. RMIT, Australia. 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.