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Mr Richard Sorger

Associate Professor and Course Leader MA Fashion

About

I am an Associate Professor and Course Leader for MA Fashion at Kingston and have taught at institutions such as Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

In 2006, I designed and produced my eponymous womenswear label, selling in Europe, North America and the Middle East; exhibiting in London, Paris and Milan and various shows worldwide. These included: Dangerous and Divine - Couture Beside the Catwalk, Amsterdam Fashion Week (2012); Telling Tales; and Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2009) which subsequently acquired my Garden of Eden Dress for its permanent collection. Clients included Jennifer Lopez, Florence Welch, Kelis and Sienna Miller.    

I am co-author of the third edition of The Fundamentals of Fashion Design, selling over sixteen-thousand copies globally. 

My work has been published in Vogue UK, American Vogue, OK! Magazine, Grazia and The Sunday Times Style Magazine. 

Research

I am currently a PhD Candidate at University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion.

My practice based PhD is concerned with what constitutes a fashion embellishment and how new materials, techniques and technologies can be used for fashion embellishment. I am developing theories about what it means to embellish a fabric, how it relates to the body and fashion, and linking this to my current practice. I am interested in Jacques Derrida's notions of supplementarity and grafts, Malcolm Barnard's theories of fashion as prosthesis, Joanne Entwistle's theories of the decorated body, and Edward T. Hall's notions of proxemics, and how they can apply to my subject specialism. My practical work draws together these theories and incorporates Kenneth Snelson's tensegrity technique as well as Naum Gabo's stereometric principle of sculpture.

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