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PhD, University of Brighton
MA History of Design and Material Culture
BA Hons Fashion Design


Dr Torunn Kjolberg is Lecturer in Fashion Studies and the module leader for Fashion Cultures 1 and 2, Fashion in Context 2 and the dissertation module for BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and BA Fashion Marketing and Retail Design.
After working for several years in the fashion industry she returned to higher education to explore design from a theoretical and historical perspective and gained an MA (distinction) in Design History and Material Culture. During this time she was also able to pursue her interest in fashion museum curation. After her MA she gained a fully funded studentship to pursue her PhD research into visual research in fashion and textile design education. This was a collaborative project between the V&A, the RCA, RIBA and the University of Brighton, completed in 2012.


‘"I loved it dearly": Recalling Personal Memories of Dress in the Museum.’ Juliette Fritsch (ed.) Museum Gallery Interpretation and Material Culture. Routledge. 2011

‘Museums and material knowledge: the V&A as a source in fashion and textile design research’ Cook et al (eds.) Museums and Design Education. Ashgate. 2010

‘Drawing on Experience’. Brighton: Faculty of Arts: University of Brighton 5-31 March 2009

““Modelle (nicht nür) furs Büro” – Representing the ‘modern woman’ as home dress-maker in Burda Moden magazine.” Textual Fashion Conference, University of Brighton, 8-10 July 2015

“A place to become: the role of the sketchbook in fashion design education”, Inter-disciplinary conference/ Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues. Harris Manchester College, Oxford, 8-12 September 2013

“Towards an ethnography of creativity: Capturing method, process and meaning in design learning”, CLTAD Methodologies symposium, London College of Communication, 17 March 2009

“Image, Imagination and reflexivity in an ethnographic study”, Visual Methods Conference, University of Leeds, September 2009

“Strange, wondrous things: Museum objects as learning resources in visual research”. Material Worlds Conference, University of Leicester, December 2009

“I loved it dearly’: recalling personal memories of dress in the museum”, Fear ofthe Unknown: Sackler Centre Inaugural Conference, Victoria and Albert Museum, November 2009

“Resourceful objects: the V&A as a learning resource for ‘visual research’ in textile design education”. Enhancing Curricula: CLTAD International Conference, New York April 2007

“Creating an archive of memory in the museum”, Hidden Histories: Brighton’s Postgraduate Design History Society symposium, University of Brighton, June 2007


Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Learning and Teaching Officer, The Design History Society
Founding member, Brighton Postgraduate Design History Society


Trustee, executive committee, The Design History Society (2009-2013)
Co-convenor (with Dipti Bhagat) of the annual Learning and Teaching Design History Workshop (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Co-convenor of the annual Postgraduate Design History Society Symposium 2007- 2009

“The role and use of archives and collections in teaching and learning design history” Design History Society Learning and Teaching workshop, 18 September 2013

“Problematising the pedagogy of visual research”, Bucks New University, 17 December 2012

“Teaching writing in design history: Writing in the Disciplines”, Design History Society Learning and Teaching workshop, 7 September 2012


Home dress-making in a post-war context
Burda Moden magazine
Women, dress and work
Pedagogy in fashion and design education.
Research methodologies in fashion and textile design
Clothing as material culture
Approaches to display and interpretation of fashion and dress in museums.

Areas of Expertise

History of dress and fashion
Art and design pedagogy
Visual research in fashion and textile design education
Museum interpretation and display (with emphasis on dress and textiles)
Museum collections and material culture as creative sources for designers and design students
Ethnic and national identity and dress (Sami indigenous identity and material culture)

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