Elisa Palomino

Elisa Palomino

Elisa is currently the Course Leader for BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins.
She is a recognised fashion designer and an experienced educator with an extensive history of working at international universities. Her training has been working in the Fashion Luxury industry for 25 years at LVMH brands such John Galliano and Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010 she launched her own label showing at New York, Milan, Rome, Madrid and London fashion weeks.
Elisa has pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices into the Fashion Print education curriculum at CSM and has developed best practice between craft and digital design.

Research Interests:
Elisa’s research focus is inter-disciplinary, within the context of sustainability, integrating traditional craftsmanship methods with new technologies, keeping in mind the importance of environmental, ethical, and social impact of fashion materials. Her research aims to activate new models for sustainable textiles encouraging artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills onto others, particularly within their own communities. Her research involves collaborative research between different countries connecting academics with the industry fashion sector through research consortiums to enhance innovation and help build sustainable material products.

Current Projects:
Fish skin leather in the luxury Industry. Partnership between Elisa Palomino and Atlantic Leather. Utilising fish skin with state of the art technology to create luxury accessories. Funded by EU COSME WORTH Project.
Nordic Fish Leather craft platform. Co-created by CSM, Iceland Academy of Arts, and Atlantic Leather. Partnership between fish leather Craftsmen and higher education students from Nordic Universities. Funded by The Nordic Culture Fund.
Ainu Fish leather craft platform. Platform co-created with the Foundation for Research of Ainu Culture between Higher Education Students and Ainu Craftsmen. Funded by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation & The Japan Foundation Endowment Committee.


Sustainable Design, Craftsmanship, Intangible cultural heritage, Innovation, Craftmanship, Participatory Design, Fish leather

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