Dutch professor of fashion design José Teunissen will be working as a Dean at the London College of Fashion (LCF) and as a professor in fashion theory at the University of Arts in London (UAL) from 1 January 2016 onwards. Teunissen, who was one of the first professors to conduct research on
fashion in the Netherlands, will leave fashion academy Artez in Arnhem where she was a lecturer for thirteen years.
In addition to teaching and conducting research, Teunissen will supervise the development of a new creative hub in Stratford. The building will provide room for all 5.000 students and 500 members of staff of the college, which means that there will no longer be five different campuses. The School of Design and Technology offers 15 Bachelor's programmes and 8 Master´s programmes as well as opportunities for postgraduate studies. Examples of courses that the school offers include Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Fashion Design and Fashion Management. “We are delighted to welcome José to the LCF community - she comes with over 25 years of experience in teaching across Arts Institutes and Universities and has authored more than 23 books and publications, as well curated a range of internationally renowned exhibitions," said professor Frances Hoek, head of LFC, in a press release.
When working at Artez, Teunissen completed numerous research projects, one of which was a project named ´National Identity in a Globalised World´ for which she collaborated with Radboud University Nijmegen and Saxion and Han, two universities of applied sciences. In addition, the professor gained an international reputation for organising exhibitions. Her latest exhibition, The Future of Fashion is Now, attracted over 80.000 visitors in Rotterdam and is now on display in China. Teunissen will remain linked to the Artez academy as a visiting lecturer.