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Elisa Palomino-Perez

Senior Lecturer Fashion Print
Central Saint Martins
Researcher Research
Elisa  Palomino-Perez


Elisa Palomino is a recognized fashion designer with a high-level of strategic experience within international fashion design and an experienced educator with visiting academic appointments at several international universities, museums and galleries. After graduating with an MA on Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, her training has been working in the Fashion Luxury industry for 25 years at brands such John Galliano and Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010 she launched her own label showing at New York, Milan, Rome, Madrid and London fashion weeks. Her Fashion work can be found at

Since 2012 she directs the BA Fashion Print department at Central San Martins and is member of the Textile Future Research Centre TFRC. Elisa has pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices into the Fashion Print education curriculum at CSM and has developed best practice between craft and digital design.

Elisa’s research focus is inter-disciplinary, within the context of sustainability, integrating traditional craftsmanship methods with new technologies, keeping in mind the importance of environmental, ethical, and social impact of fashion materials. Her research aims to activate new models for sustainable textiles encouraging artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills onto others, particularly within their own communities, creating socially engaging and participative art projects. She is an innovative and visionary academic with an international reputation, a strong track record in research funding with an ability to attract other world-class academics to develop an innovative research agenda and expand research collaborations. She has run previous successful network projects (e.g. EU Horizon 2020-MSCA-RISE: Fish Skin a Sustainable Raw Material; EU COSME WORTH project: Fish leather in the Luxury Industry).

In 2019 she received a Fulbright UK US scholarship to develop the project “Indigenous Arctic fish skin clothing: Cultural and ecological impacts.” at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, DC and at the Anchorage museum, Alaska.

She is currently a PHD candidate at the London College of Fashion, Centre for Sustainable Fashion and holds an AHRC LDoc London Doctoral Design Centre scholarship.

Her research and recent fieldwork and workshops can be followed on the following website: and Instagram account

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Horizon 2020 MSCA Research and innovation Staff Exchange Programme, FISHSKIN Developing Fish Skin as a sustainable raw material for the fashion industry, £69,000.00, (2019-2023)
  • Japan Foundation, Arctic Indigenous FISHSKIN Network, £9,950.00, (2021-2021)
  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Sustainable Fish Skin Network, £3,000.00, (2019-2019)
  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Sustainable Fish Skin Network, £3,000.00, (2019-2019)
  • UK US Fulbright Scholar Award, Arctic Fish Skin clothing traditions around the circumpolar region, $15,000.00, (2019-2019)
  • Worth Partnership Project. EU funded, EASME, COSME 2014-2020, The sustainability and craft innovation of fish leather in the luxury industry, €10,000.00, (2018-2019)
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Ainu Fish leather craftsmanship workshop, £3,000.00, (2018-2018)
  • Japan Foundation Endowment Committee, The Sustainability and Craft Innovation of Fish Leather in Japan's Industry, £2,700.00, (2018-2018)

Research Outputs

Art/Design item

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item



Curation and culture
Fashion design
Textiles and materials