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Simon Thorogood | Design, Research, Practice & Process

Simon Thorogood is a fashion designer and artist whose work is concerned with finding and applying novel ways of creating and communicating fashion design. He has previously termed his work Phashion, a fusion of the scientific term, 'Phase Transition', (the transformation of one thing or phase to another) and Fashion. Phashion describes a personal process of conceiving and transforming ideas for Fashion from disparate sources. 

His projects have frequently employed a degree of interactivity and encourage the role of an audience in determining, in part, the course or outcome of a fashion product or experience. The work seeks to examine how people engage with ideas and how they can continue and expand creative methods and questions through an active blend of innovation and event, or what he terms Innovention.

Recent research considers how originality might be applied to the traditional procedure of Fashion and pursues the idea of 'growing' or ‘finding’ design through simple digital systems. Through these playful approaches, Simon hopes to question how subsequent understandings and approaches might compliment and enrich the more established or conventional methods of fashion education and practice?

Simon is a Senior Research Fellow at the London College of Fashion where until recently he was Creative Director of the Fashion Digital Studio, a pioneering centre for technology and innovation within Fashion. His previous museum, gallery and institutional residencies and consultancies have included positions as Designer In Residence at the V&A, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), the Royal Air Force Museum and the British Council. He is now pioneering a new research strand in Fashion Uncertainties.

The first publication on his work, ‘Interruptions’ will be released in September 2015.

Simon Thorogood
Design, Research, Practice and Process
Monday 10th November 2014, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Level 3