Elisa Palomino is the BA Fashion Print Course leader at Central Saint Martins and member of UAL’s Textile Future Research Centre (TFRC).
She is a recognised fashion designer and an experienced educator with an extensive history of working at international universities, museums and galleries. Her training has been working in the Fashion Luxury industry for 25 years at brands such John Galliano and Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010 she launched her own label showing at New York, Milan, Rome, Madrid and London fashion weeks.
Elisa has pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices into the Fashion Print education curriculum at CSM and has featured as a guest lecturer in fashion sustainability at various universities internationally.
Elisa’s research focus is inter-disciplinary, within the context of sustainability, integrating traditional craftsmanship methods with new technologies, keeping in mind the importance of environmental, ethical, and social impact of fashion materials. Her research aims to activate new models for sustainable textiles encouraging artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills onto others, particularly within their own communities. Her research involves collaborative research between different countries connecting academics with the industry fashion sector through research consortiums to enhance innovation and help build sustainable material products. She has lived, worked, and undertaken field research in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Currently Elisa is a PhD fellow at London College of Fashion. Centre for Sustainable Fashion. Elisa’s doctoral research explores Fish Skin, sustainability and craftsmanship in the luxury industry. Elisa has been awarded competitive research grants such H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018. Research and Innovation Staff Exchange. Marie Sklodowska Curie, to explore Fish skin in the Fashion industry and EU COSME WORTH Project in partnership with Atlantic Leather to create Fish Skin luxury accessories.