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Ms Marloes ten Bhömer

Senior Research Fellow


I am a Senior Research Fellow in Design. My practice-based research focuses on women's footwear from technical, material and cultural perspectives.  My current research considers the role design and media play in the social and cultural formation of the ‘high-heeled woman', in turn challenging the hardened typologies that uphold repressive stereotypes with regard to women's social and physical mobility.

I am interested in expanding and diversifying the theoretical and contextual frameworks of fashion through both my research practice and teaching. From 2012 until 2015 I was a Professor of Fashion at the Universitait der Kunste in Berlin, where I initiated a multi-disciplinary approach, which sought to challenge pre-conceived and limiting parameters in Fashion education. The curricula I developed served to broaden the role of the fashion designer in society, and did so by proposing new approaches, new topics, new methods and new models of dissemination using fashion as a vehicle for commentary. I am also a member of a collective of four UK based academics furthering this debate in search for alternative teaching approaches, methodologies and materialities for fashion.

Pursuing my interests via my research practice, exhibitions, conference presentations and pedagogy, I lecture and run workshops regularly at a number of international institutions. I am currently an external examiner at Goldsmiths University.

Areas of specialism

  • Fashion and footwear material, manufacturing, engineering and design methodology innovation
  • Craft production and technological manufacturing
  • Women's footwear design and fashion typology
  • Critical practice in fashion
  • Cultural connotations of women's footwear
  • Gender and design


  • MA Design Products, Royal College of Art London, 2003
  • BA Hons 3D design, Higher School of Arts Arnhem, ArtEZ, 2001


With my work I aim to consistently challenge generic typologies of women's shoes through experiments with non-traditional technologies and material techniques. By reinventing the design methodology and the process by which footwear is made, the resulting shoes serve as unique examples of new aesthetic and structural possibilities, while also serving to criticise the conventional status of women's shoes as cultural objects.

My research-based practice is focused on the social and cultural construct of the ‘high-heeled woman', and the intersections between craft and technological production, design methodology, the iconology of materials and feminist theory. I aim to dissect the role design and media play in the social and cultural formation of the high-heeled woman, in turn challenging the hardened typologies that uphold repressive stereotypes with regard to women's social and physical mobility. My objective is to understand and propose alternatives to the status quo.

The research informs critical works produced in a variety of mediums ranging from film, photography, sculpture, objects, installations and shoe-artifacts. It is disseminated in a variety of contexts through international exhibitions, conferences, artist talks and in both academic and non-academic publications. Notable exhibitions were held at the Museum of Art and Design New York (MAD), Modemuseum in Hasselt, Belgium, The Design Exchange Toronto, Spring Projects Gallery, London and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. My work was nominated for the Designs of the Year, Design Museum London (2009) and was selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize and Exhibition (2010). My work is part of the permanent collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology New York.


Number of items: 8.


Bhomer, Marloes, ten [Designer] (2010) Rapidprototypedshoe: construct #2. (Shoe).

Bhomer, Marloes ten [Designer] (2009) After hours : Rotationalmouldedshoe, Mutant parade, Rotationalmouldingmachine, Color, Testpieces, Heels on hold, Cavity unfolded, Last, Slice. (Grouping of artefacts).

Conference or Workshop Item

van Heeren, Clive [Contributor], ten Bhomer, Marloes [Contributor] and Fleming, Kathryn [Contributor] (2016) Toward an alternative methodology. In: Ravensbourne Late : Wearable futures; 20 Apr 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

ten Bhomer, Marloes (2014) Cultural and associative opportunities and limitations of traditional and technological production. In: Global Fashion 2014 : Rethinking & Reworking Global Fashion; 20 -21 Nov 2014, Ghent, Belgium. (Unpublished)

ten Bhomer, Marloes (2014) What is the relevance of the trench coat in the time of drone wars? In: Design Culture Salon 11 : How do Fashion Cycles and Design Culture Interact?; 14 Nov 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


ten Bhomer, Marloes [Designer] and Toran, Noam [Artist] (2017) Beats Working. Studio ZZM. .

Ten Bhomer, Marloes [Curator of an exhibition] (2016) The Activated Object : Product Design Finals. The Activated Object : Product Design Finals. .

ten Bhomer, Marloes [Designer] (2016) Coded_Couture. .

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