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  • Jane Francis

    Assistant Professor of Fashion


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    Jane Francis


    Jane Francis is a multidisciplinary designer, creative practitioner and image maker with over thirty five years’ experience in the fashion industry and fashion design education.

    Jane founded her own fashion label in the late 1980’s in Melbourne Australia, designing and producing hand crafted, localy sourced sustainable Australian merino wool knitwear, textiles, jewelry and genderless collections.  Initially a small artisanal studio / boutique, the label grew internationally was featured in Vogue Australia, and retailed through Liberty, Hyper-Hyper and Harrods London, Saks and Patricia Field New York. She went on to work full-time professionally for Vivienne Westwood in London, a leading voice in activisim and advocate for climate justice through Fashion.  Jane worked alongside Vivienne for over a decade, driving international brand recognition, creation and production of catwalk presentations, samples and iconic one- off products for the Westwood Gold and Red label collections:  with special focus on fashion textile print, accessories, jewelry and footwear. Vivienne Westwoods leagacy defined a generation and continues to resonate through fashion practice and thinking today.

    Jane has held permanent posts at the University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins as Senior Lecturer Foundation Studies (Curriculum Leader Fashion & Textiles) and leader of Fashion short course programs and at London College of Fashion as: Course Leader for FDA & BA (Hons) Cordwainer's Fashion Accessories courses and BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Footwear & Accessories. In 2012/13 she co-wrote and developed the groundbreaking BA (Hons) Fashion Jewelry course. She has lectured in fashion globally at: BHSAD Moscow, YFMM Mexico City and Ima Istanbul. Currently a member of the full-time faculty community at Parson School of Fashion New York, Jane is an Assistant Professor BFA Fashion Design, and Pathway Leader for the Fashion Product pathway. 

    From July 2021 to June 2023 Jane was appointed as Associate Director for the BFA Fashion Design Program within the School of Fashion: Parsons.

    Jane combines her teaching academic practice and research with freelance consultancy, styling and photography working with many international fashion brands and designers. In 2018 she founded thecovertroom- a location fluid gallery and exhibition space presenting new contemporary Art, Illustration and Object in New York.

    Jane holds Degree and Post Graduate qualifications in Fine Art and Teaching & Learning in Art & Design. As a dedicated educator and teacher she was awarded an MA in Academic Practice: Art Design and Communication in Higher Education in July 2023 from the University of the Arts London 

    Drawing on the experiences gained from working within fine art and fashion industries, Jane informs her academic and educational ethos:  encouraging progressive thinking, innovative, sustainable, globally aware and creative approaches to design for Fashion, through experimental, academic and practical inquiry: locating the traditions and skills of the practice within a contemporary fashion landscape. 

    Professional Affiliation

    Assistant Professor- Parsons School of Fashion

    Associate Director: BFA Fashion Design- Parsons School of Fashion ( 2021- 2023) 

    CHAIR: BFA Fashion Design- Pathway acceditation committee- Parsons School of Fashion ( 2023-2024)

    CHAIR:  External Partnesrship committee- Parsons School of Fashion (2019-2021)

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy -UK

    Professional Consultancies:

    External Examiner: MA Menswear & MFA Menswear Professional Practice- University of Westminster, London ( 2022 to 2027)

    Chief External Examiner: University of Westminster, London ( 2023-2027)


    Research Interests

    Curation & Archival Artifact based Research / Located Making and Craft / Emergent digital design Technology / Sustainiblity and Ethical Design in Fashion / Progressive Fashion Design Pedogogy, Thinking and Pratice 



    Current Courses

    Design Studio 3
    PUFD 3320, Fall 2023

    Thesis 1
    PUFD 4220, Fall 2023

    Future Courses

    Thesis 2
    PUFD 4221, Spring 2024

    Past Courses

    Thesis 2
    PUFD 4221, Spring 2023

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