School of Art and Design

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Ms Lara Torres

  • Qualifications: PhD [in progress], MA, PGC, BA
  • Role Title: Teaching Fellow in Fashion; Course Leader – MA Fashion and Textile Design
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3823
  • Email: lara.torres@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Art and Design
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Biography

I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016 while completing my practice-based PhD in Critical Fashion at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Previous to this, I have completed with distinction my degree in the innovative MA Fashion Artefact at the London College of Fashion, following which I was awarded the ‘Unique Design’ prize at the Fashioning the Future Awards by the Center for Sustainable Fashion in London (2011). My work has been featured in International exhibitions including The Future of Fashion is Now (2014-2015) in Rotterdam, Fabulae Romanae (2012) at the Maxxi Museum in Rome or MUDE Museum in Lisbon (2011). I am currently taking part in the exhibition Transfashional taking place in Vienna and Warsaw in the spring of 2017. To see more about my fashion practice visit: www.laratorres.com

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver studio and workshop sessions across all levels of BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design and MA Fashion & Textiles, specifically in fashion design, pattern cutting, garment construction and fashion experimentation.

Research

My research interests are focused on practice-based research, fashion film, critical fashion thinking and exploring the relationship between fashion practice and theory. In 2017 I am expecting to conclude my doctorate from the London College of Fashion entitled ‘Towards a practice of unmaking: a strategy for critical fashion practices' in January 2017. I am currently taking part in the upcoming international conference the end of Fashion with an exhibition and a paper on the notion of fashion in the expanded field in Wellington, New Zealand. To read more of my research please see: http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/current-research/student-research-projects/fashion-design/lara-torres/