This professorship encourages and contributes to the development of the theoretical context of fashion through research projects.
The Fashion Professorship views fashion as one of the most important cultural phenomena in contemporary society. The professorship stimulates and contributes to the development of the theoretical context of fashion. This is done through research projects, new theoretical education programmes and (inter)national publications. Since 2012, the professorship has been leading CLICKNL's research agenda for fashion and textiles, in which a strong network of researchers, educational institutes and companies has been created. In 2015, together with Dr. Jeroen van den Eijnde's E| |scape Professorship, the Centre of Expertise Future Makers was initiated, which focuses on the development and application of new materials and manufacturing processes in fashion and design. In the meantime, this organisation has more than a million euros' worth of research projects in its portfolio.
In January 2017, dr. Danielle Bruggeman has been appointed as Professor of Fashion at ArtEZ University of the Arts. In 2014 she successfully defended her PhD dissertation More Than Meets the Eye: Dutch Fashion, Identity and New Materialism at Radboud University Nijmegen. Bruggeman's PhD research was part of a large-scale interdisciplinary research project on fashion in the Netherlands, ‘Dutch Fashion Identity in a Globalised World’; a four-year study by the Radboud University, ArtEZ, the Saxion University of Applied Sciences and the University of Amsterdam.
Bruggeman's mission is to build a research community out of the Fashion Professorship, to collectively research the major challenges for the future of fashion. The professorship aims to make a positive contribution to developing visions for the future of the fashion system in relation to the changing social, economic and technological developments.