Department of Design

Fashion/Textile Futures

Fashion/Textile Futures is a research group at Aalto University's Department of Design.
A coat made of Ioncell. Design: Anna-Mari Leppisaari. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
Ioncell coat | Design by Anna-Mari Leppisaari | Photo by Eeva Suorlahti

What do we do?

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 and circular fashion and textiles, but group members’ research activities and strengths also include material-based research, aesthetics and creativity studies, practice-based research, and strategic fashion and textile management. 

For specific inquiries, please follow the FTF researchers link to find out relevant email addresses.

Crops4Luxury project. Photo by Eeva Suorlahti.

FTF researchers

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Department of Design
Sustainable fashion in a circular economy / Kirsi Niinimäki (ed.)

FTF publications

Publications of Fashion/Textile Futures research group.

Department of Design
New Silk research project

FTF research projects

Information about the research projects linking to Fashion/Textile Futures research group.

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Namkyu Chun dissertation cover

FTF news

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Research & Art

FTF events

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Research & Art

Latest publications

Optimisation of knitted fabrics as visually concealing covers for textile-integrated photovoltaics

Farid Elsehrawy, Bettina Blomstedt, Elina Ilén, Elina Palovuori, Janne Halme 2023 Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells

E-textiles and Biomaterials: A Literature Review on the use of Novel-Biobased Materials for Smart Textiles

Sofia Guridi Sotomayor 2023 Proceedings of the Future Textiles Conference 2023

LIGHT TISSUE: Development of cellulose-based optical textile sensors

Sofia Guridi Sotomayor, Emmi Pouta, Ari Hokkanen, Aayush Kumar Jaiswal 2023 TEI '23: Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Fashion in turmoil: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Finland’s textile and fashion industry

Teresa Haukkala, Kirsi Niinimäki, Linda Turunen 2023 SUSTAINABILITY: SCIENCE, PRACTICE, AND POLICY

Copyright and digital fashion designers: The democratization of authorship?

Heidi Härkönen, Natalia Särmäkari 2023 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice

Applying DATEMATS Methods and Tools to Experimental Wood-Based Materials: Materiality in an Ideation Process

Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen, Pirjo Kääriäinen 2023 Materialising the Future: A Learning Path to Understand, Develop and Apply Emerging Materials and Technologies
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
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