Dr Jessica Bugg is Dean of the School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and was awarded a PhD from the same institution in 2006. Previously she was Associate Dean Research and Innovation in the School of Fashion and Textiles and the ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) 2018 Leader for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. With well over twenty years leadership, teaching and research experience in graduate and post graduate education in the UK and Australia, she has led, developed, validated and examined Undergraduate and Post Graduate programmes in Fashion Design, Design for Performance and Fashion Promotion and Imaging.
Jessica is an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner and has supervised three PhDs and one Masters by Research to completion. Her internationally recognised practice led research explored the agency of dress in the context of performance, art and film and the performative dynamic between designer, wearer and viewer. Her research is concerned with phenomenological experience of dress and developing embodied methods for clothing design and communication in the site of the body. Drawing on physical experience, memory, cognition, haptic and sensory perception she collaborates with wearers, other artists and audiences to heighten and understand communication through design. She is a leader in her field and holds positions on editorial boards, publishes extensively, reviews for high profile journals and is on steering committees including the Critical Costume International bi annual conference.
Jessica’s work has been screened and performed in internationally significant venues including the ICA, APT Gallery, London, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image in Melbourne and the Wye Gallery, Berlin for Berlin Fashion Week 2013. She has curated significant exhibitions including Fashion & Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media at the Design Hub Galleries, Melbourne 2015 and an earlier iteration for the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2013. Her designs for contemporary dance have been performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barge House South Bank, the Linbury Space, Royal Opera House and The Place.