Sandy Black is Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, and Co-Director of the Centre for Fashion Science at LCF. She has extensive experience in both the fashion industry and academia.
After studying mathematics at university, she created the Sandy Black fashion knitwear designer label, selling in fashion stores internationally including Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, Isetan and Takashimaya. Her designs featured widely in the media, together with ranges of Sandy Black-branded yarns and knitting kits for home knitting. She later began lecturing and became director of undergraduate and postgraduate fashion and textiles programmes firstly at University of Brighton, then at the London College of Fashion, where she developed the multi-disciplinary MA programme in Fashion Studies.
Professor Sandy Black now focuses on inter-disciplinary design-led research, in the context of sustainability. She developed the Interrogating Fashion research network in 2005, (a Designing for the 21st Century EPSRC/AHRC funded initiative), and leads the Considerate Design project which aims to assist designers in developing sustainable fashion products to ultimately reduce fashion consumption but increase fashion delight.
She publishes widely on fashion, textiles and knitwear design and sustainability, and their intersection with science and technology. She is founder and co-editor of the journal Fashion Practice: design, creative process and the fashion industry. (Berg)
Selected publications by Black include: 'Nanotechnologies: their role in Sustainable Textiles’ in Sustainable Textiles, (ed. Blackburn, R) Woodhead 2009; 'Considerate Design for Personalised Fashion' in Designing for the 21st Century Vol 2: Interdisciplinary Methods & Findings (ed T Inns) Gower Publishing, 2009; Eco Chic: the Fashion Paradox (Black Dog Publishing 2008, 2010); Fashioning Fabrics: contemporary textiles in fashion, (Black Dog 2006) and Knitwear in Fashion (Thames and Hudson 2002, 2005).