matters & members


fashioning education is a collaborative research initiative to open, facilitate and formalise the debate on fashion education against the backdrop of global social transformations.

It brings together experts and creatives from different fields of fashion related education, research and practice into critical conversation and exploration of the transformative potential of fashion.

The intiative seeks to contribute to the reflection, networking and re-orientation of fashion education that meets the demands of a sustainable, social and conscious future. The three-year project is funded by the Einstein foundation and jointly led by the colleagues of the Fashion Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen, Franziska Schreiber and Renate Stauss.

Fashioning education is currently shaped by the following members:













Berit Greinke


Berit Greinke is a junior professor in Wearable Computing at Berlin University of the Arts and Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF).
© Florian Conrads

Britta Bommert


Britta Bommert has been curator of the Fashion Image Collection –Lipperheide Costume Library of the Art Library (National Museums in Berlin) since 2017.
© David West

Christina H. Moon is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design.
© dvoraphoto

Dilys Williams


Prof. Dilys Williams FRSA is founder and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts London Research Centre, based at London College of Fashion.





Franziska Schreiber



Franziska Schreiber currently holds a visiting professorship for fashion design at the Burg Giebichenstein, University of the Arts Halle.

© Matthias Seidel


Lisa Meier


Lisa Meier holds a professorship for film costume design at the Berlin University of the Arts.
© IRS Felix Müller

Oliver Ibert


In July 2019 Oliver Ibert took over the position of the director of the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space and was appointed as Professor of Socio-Spatial Transformation at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg.
© Ronja Wiesenthal

Patrick Presch


Patrick Presch has worked as a Curator of Education in the Education and Outreach department of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin since 2014. He is currently part of the project management of Haus Bastian, the Centre for Cultural Education.



Renate Stauss



Dr. Renate Stauss is assistant professor of Fashion Studies at The American University of Paris in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture.



Valeska Schmidt-
Thomsen


Since 2005 Valeska Schmidt-Thomsenis professor of Fashion Design at Berlin University of the Arts and was managing director of the Institute for Fashion- and Textile Design at Berlin University of the Arts until 2019, when she took over the position as Dean of the College of Architecture, Media and Design.



Wowo Kraus



Wowo (Waldemar)
Kraus studied fashion design at the London College of Fashion and at Middlesex University in London. Since October 2014 he has been a professor of fashion design at the University of the Arts Berlin.


© Maxyme G. Delisle

Zowie Broach


Zowie Broach is Head of Programme for Fashion (MA) at the Royal College of Art London.
She has been voted into the top 500 Fashion Leaders by Business of Fashion for the last 6 years.








Berlin University of the Arts 

is one of the largest and most diversified universitiesof the arts in the world. The teaching offered mostly in traditional formats in thefour colleges of Fine Arts, Architecture, Media and Design, Music andPerforming Arts as well as at the Central Institute for Continued Education/Berlin Career College as well as the inter-University centres for Dance (HZT) andJazz (JIB) encompasses the full spectrum of the arts and related academicstudies in more than 70 courses. With the right to confer doctoratesand post-doctoral qualifications, Berlin University of the Arts is also one of the few artcolleges in Germany with full university status. Teachers in art and music arealso educated at Berlin University of the Arts, the only university in Berlin wherethese subjects can be studied.









The Einstein Foundation Berlin

was founded in 2009 by the State of Berlin. The Foundation aims to promote science and research of top international calibre in Berlin and to establish the city as a centre of scientific excellence. In addition to its endowment, the Foundation also receives state funding. An independent scientific commission of the highest standard selects projects for funding





fashioning education



Berlin University of the Arts
College of Art, Media and Design
Institute of Clothing and Textile Design


Strasse des 17. Juni 118
10623 Berlin

+49 (0)30 3185 2016

fashioningeducation@udk-berlin.de



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project leads & editors
Prof. Valeska Schmidt-Thomsen
Prof. Franziska Schreiber
Dr. Renate Stauss


visuals & website
Gina Mönch
Anastasia Almosova

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