Membership Type:ACADEMIC AND INDUSTRYFirst Name:EmilieLast Name:WightHeadline:QUT Fashion PhD Candidate Occupation:PhD Candidate - Creative Industries - School of Design (Fashion)Skills:About / Bio:As a current Phd Candidate at QUT, I have been awarded a 4-year research scholarship for a QUT Creative Industries (Fashion). The research project broadly examines the value of artisanal craftsmanship in the contemporary fashion design process, with a specific focus on Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
In 2016, I completed my Honours research degree in Fashion at QUT. My thesis was titled "Instagram and the Democratisation of Luxury Fashion." In recognition of my outstanding academic achievement, I received First Class Honours, a QUT Creative Industries University Medal, and a 4-year PhD Research Scholarship.
Outside of my higher degree research, I am a motivated stylist and brand marketer with a passion for the luxury, fashion, beauty and fragrance industries. In the past, I have applied both my artistic as well as my research and writing skills to work directly with fashion icons including model Jessica Gomes; Australian designer, Gary Bigeni; and renowned brands such as Marc Jacobs, Unilever (Sunsilk, Tresemme, Dove), and Puig Fragrances. Throughout my career, I have consistently produced brand strategies that deliver results.
My 10+ years of experience across the fashion retail, higher education, and media industries have taught me how to interpret research, complex theories, and concepts for specific audiences to turn opportunities into commercial realities with profitable outcomes. My combination of analysis and creativity is rare in the fashion industry and enables me to meet marketing objectives that exceed client expectations within tight deadlines and budgets. My leadership, communication, team work, goal setting, time management, and tenacity are valuable assets to the fashion and beauty industries.
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