The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research. The group approaches research in the field of fashion, clothing and textiles in multi-faceted ways. A strong research focus is on sustainable fashion and textiles, but group members’ research activities and strengths also encompass material-based research, aesthetics and creativity studies, practice-based research, and strategic fashion and textile management.

The group is involved in several significant research projects, which integrate closed loop and circular economy approaches in fashion and textile systems.


Research Projects 2015-2019

  • NEWSILK, Academy of Finland funding
    In the NEWSILK project, researchers from Aalto University and University of Helsinki work together with designers from Aalto ARTS with the aim to produce new types of silk-like materials in the context of synthetic biology. The project is addressing the challenge of how materials can be made in a sustainable way. Visit the project website:
  • Rhythms in Infant Brain: Wearables for computational diagnostics and mobile monitoring of treatment (RIB),
    Academy of Finland funding
    This interdisciplinary project is a joint endeavor between Aalto ARTS, Aalto ELEC, University of Helsinki (UH) and University of Turku (UTU).  We in Aalto ARTS will in this project study infants and their caretakers in order to design functional and aesthetically pleasing, medically equipped textile wearables and clothing that help detecting early health issues of babies.
  • Trash-2-Cash, Horizon2020 EU funding
    In this EU-level, multidisciplinary research project, new material and product opportunities will be developed via creative design from waste or process by-products. The aim is to reduce the utilization of virgin materials, improve material efficiency, decrease landfill volumes and energy consumption, and foster design for recycling with the vision of closing material loops. During the project creative design methods for multidisciplinary material-based research will be developed.
  • DigiPrintNetwork, Tekes funding
    In DigiPrintNetwork, a network and service concept around digital textile printing will be explored. In Aalto ARTS the interaction between designers and customers will be investigated and new ways of collaboration developed and documented.
  • DWoC, Tekes funding
    DWoC (Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose) is the continuation funding and second round in a study that combines hypothesis-driven technology development to design-driven prototyping with cellulose material. It implies interdisciplinary collaboration models between material science and design.

See more on the PROJECTS menu.

Visit Aalto University’s main webpage.

Fashion/Textile Futures is a research group from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Department of Design).