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Dr Veronika Kapsali

Reader in Material Technology and Design
London College of Fashion
Researcher Research
Veronika  Kapsali


Originally a trained fashion and textile designer working in London Fashion Week, Veronika migrated to R&D. With an undergraduate qualification in Fashion and Textile Design, Veronika was offered a scholarship to study for a PhD in Engineering Design by the University of Bath. Her specialist area is design of programmable materials, structures and systems. In November 2014 she won the ITMA Future Materials award for INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR as a result of her work on INOTEK TM, a biomimetic fibre-based textile technology that uses moisture in clothing microclimate to create a mechanical response for advanced moisture management for MMT Textiles Ltd.

Veronika is a bestselling author in industrial design and her consultancy includes; textile technology and material futures; patent/ technology exploitation, strategies for design led innovation and road mapping. She works extensively with private and public organisations (such as Unilever, US and UK Military) on an international scale and as an expert for the European Commission.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Bioinspired Textiles: An investigation into Biomimetic Principles and their Application to Sustainable Textile Design and Making Processes, £200,919.68, (2020-2022)
  • Erasmus+, Education4Fashion Tech, £436,175.00, (2017-2020)
  • Innovate UK, Fashioning an Ageing Population, £80,000.00, (2018-2019)
  • AHRC, The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology Collaborative R&D Partnership, £5,500,000.00, (2018)


Current research students

  • Victoria Ho, Role of Designer: Engagement of Artisans from Vietnam Within a Dynamic Business Model (Joint supervisor)
  • Maria Mullane, Proximal Supports as clothing - An exploration of the role of Care Assistant in the set-up of wearables for the Inter-dependent sector of Disability and its implications on the future design of clothing as a whole. (Lead supervisor)
  • Katherine Rees, ‘Creating dance through digital interventions: advancing the understanding of choreographic practice through wearable technology and synesthetic and kinaesthetic processes. (Lead supervisor)
  • Reiner Rockel, Self-regulating, knitted fabric system capable of moisture harvesting to establish an aeroponic micro-environment sustaining plant life. (Lead supervisor)
  • Jessica Saunders, Biomimetic Textiles: Can the development of a dynamic colour and texture adaptive material bring about a culture change in the way we consume and dispose of fashion to support a low waste agenda. (Lead supervisor)
  • Marie Stenton, Exploring bacterial textiles as a sustainable fashion manufacturing system through waste food produce. (Lead supervisor)
  • Stefan Vidler, Coded Clothing: How computational design can affect the future of the design process from a fashion perspective (Lead supervisor)