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Simon Thorogood

Title
Senior Research Fellow
College
London College of Fashion
Tags
Researcher Research
Simon  Thorogood

Biography

Simon Thorogood is a research-led fashion designer whose work is concerned with finding novel ways of conceiving and communicating design.

He is distinguished as being one of the very earliest designers to integrate digital technology into fashion practice as a means to augment and extend a design story. His interactive projects playfully invite an audience to determine the course or outcome of a fashion product or experience, examining how people engage with ideas and how they can continue and expand creative methods and questions through an active blend of innovation and event.

His pioneering ‘Digital Runway’ installation from 1999, was arguably the world’s first digitally interactive catwalk presentation, where ‘real’ people took to the catwalk and through their physical actions were able to variously orchestrate digital projections and thereby become, in part, spectator, participator and co-designer.

He has exhibited his work extensively in museums, galleries and institutions internationally and he was awarded the very first Fashion Designer in Residence appointment at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Simon continues to seek surprising yet compelling research landscapes that compliment and enrich more established or conventional methods of fashion education and practice.

Simon's research is principally about finding novel ways of creating, presenting and communicating fashion design. It is correspondingly concerned with a notion of interactivity and the role of an audience in determining the course or outcome of a fashion product or experience.

This approach questions how people engage with fashion ideas and how they continue and expand creative methods through an active blend of invention and event and where they can 'discover' design through systems and processes. How can design evolve using new technologies and tactics and how might subsequent understandings complement yet extend traditional forms of fashion education and practice?

Research Outputs

Art/Design item

Book Section

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item

Show/Exhibition

Teaching

Current research students

  • Michael Allton, After the fairytale: revelation of truth through the art/artefact of bespoke shoemaking (Lead supervisor)
  • Anna Ruth Boonstra, ‘Soft Activism in Britain (1970s-80s and today): The Understanding of Domestic Handcraft as a Communicative and Feminist Practice’ (Lead supervisor)
  • Elizabeth Ciokajlo Squire, The Future Form of Design - Evolving design forms for future manufacturing. (Lead supervisor)
  • Naomi Bailey Cooper, Fur and exotic alternatives; designing a biodegradable and sustainable luxury textile. Can an ethical alternative textile to fur and exotics be created which is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly? (Lead supervisor)
  • Emile Denichaud, "An investigation and exploration of the narrative {internal and external including sens aesthetic taste and affected by the environment} created by the relationship that Japanese fashionistas, fashion icons, trendsetters and designers have with fashion." (Lead supervisor)
  • Zhirui Kiwy Huang, Computational Fashion - Digitising Fashion Design and Pattern Making Process. (Lead supervisor)
  • Jennifer Millspaugh, Global Branding For Fashion Entrepreneurs: How Womenswear SMEs Design Their Firms to Grow Internationally. (Lead supervisor)
  • Elisa Palomino Perez, THE SUSTAINABILITY AND CRAFT INNOVATION OF FISH LEATHER IN THE LUXURY INDUSTRY (Lead supervisor)
  • Catherine Smith, Disability, identity, fashion & clothing choice for women with mobility impairments. (Lead supervisor)
  • Kayleigh Smith, Customized Garment Design for Mass Production Through Virtual Reality, Customer interaction and Internet Technology (Lead supervisor)