top of page

Learning From Cultures


Students are encouraged to identify a recognisable and meaningful relationship between culture and heritage. This is in order to sustain, discover, learn values, and knowledge to encode deeper meanings which can be reconfigured into new universal narratives. The heritage they choose to explore can be expanded by a theoretical framework which will guide and enhance their understanding, and infom the ways in which they manage the growing cultural challenges from a fashion perspective. This exploration could also focus on heritage within museums, corporate archives, and cultural institutions in order to activate the value of cultural assets as an open-ended knowledge systems.

The outcomes can range from mapping territories and techniques, storyboards and diary studies, to concept boards, etc.

  • Cultural sustainability

  • Cultural resources

  • Heritage management

Student’s Pre-Requisite Skills and Knowledge

Basic concepts of sustainability.

Learning Goals


Understand cultural dimensions of sustainability, comprehend fashion industry's impact on culture.


Interdisciplinary learning, cooperation, basic archival research skills, act consciously towards the origin of the reference.

Pedagogical Approaches

Place-based learning;  informed decision-making.

Key Resources
  • Haraway, Donna. 1988. “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective.” Feminist Studies 14 (3): 575–99.

  • Verbeek, Peter-Paul. 2005. What Things Do. Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, and Design.Introduction, p. 1-14. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press.

  • Martin M., Vacca F., “Heritage narratives in the digital era: How digital technologies have improved approaches and tools for fashion know-how, traditions, and memories” in Research Journal Of Textile And Apparel. Special Issue: Fashion and Digital Technology– Vol. 22, No. 4, 2019, pp. 335-351. ISSN: 1560-6074

  • Design Roots: Culturally Significant Designs, Products, and Practices by Stuart Walker, Martyn Evans, Tom Cassidy, Jeyon Jung and Amy Twigger Holroyd (eds) Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

bottom of page