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UAL Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute

Photograph of a girl with her hair blowing in the wind
Photograph of a girl with her hair blowing in the wind
A co-created and crowd sourced fashion garment in blue by AWAYTOMARS, Photo by Gleeson Paulino

Delivering sustainable innovation across fashion, textiles and technology.

The UAL Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI) delivers sustainable innovation across the entire fashion and textiles value chain. The FTTI operates at the intersection of design, STEM, cultural anthropology and business practices.

Together with our partners we aim to foster a new creative culture in which fashion, textiles and technology businesses can use research and development to achieve resilient growth.

By bridging the gap between academic research and commercial textiles and fashion, we can open up opportunities for real-world applied disruption.

About us

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    Experiencing Virtual Reality (VR), Photo by Alys Tomlinson
    About the Institute

    Find out about our partnerships, and research and development expertise.

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    Studio workshop of Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, Photo by Steve Lancefield

    Read our publications and learn more about our work.


Study with us

Join UAL’s vibrant community of researchers. We offer theoretical and practice-based research programmes, leading to an MPhil or PhD.

There are currently over 250 research students at UAL who enjoy full access to all College and Institute resources as well as student training and support.

Flax shoes
E. Squire, PhD student “The Future Form of Design”. Lead supervisor, Professor Jane Harris

Our people