My work and research draw on lived experience, memory, cognition, haptic and sensory perception seeking to heighten communication with wearers and viewers through embodied methods for clothing design.
— Jessica


Jessica Bugg holds a PhD from the London College of Fashion UAL (2007) and is an interdisciplinary practitioner and researcher trained in Fashion Design. With over twenty years’ interdisciplinary leadership, teaching and research experience in graduate and post graduate education in the UK and more recently in Australia, she has lead, developed and validated Undergraduate and Post Graduate programs in Fashion, Fashion Promotion and Imaging, and Design for Performance and is an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner. She is currently Associate Dean, Research and Innovation in the School of Fashion and Textiles in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, Melbourne.

As a visual artist working with fashion, performance, art, and film Jessica’s practice lead 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 dress and design.

Jessica publishes and exhibits extensively and is on editorial boards such as the Journal of Fashion Practice, Taylor Frances and is on steering committees including the Critical Costume International bi annual conference. 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 in the UK. Her work has been screened and performed in internationally significant venues including The ICA, APT Gallery, London, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image and the  Wye Gallery, Berlin for Berlin Fashion Week 2013. She has also curated various exhibitions including Fashion & Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media at the Design Hub Galleries, Melbourne 2015 and an earlier iteration for the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2013. 

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1+3: Tempest Dress > Jessica Bugg- Designer and Art Director / Tim Keeling - Director & Editor / Fukiko Takase - Dancer
2+4: Optical Laces > Jessica Bugg - Designer and Art Director / Renee Lindell - Photographer / Fukiko Takase - Dancer