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Monday 15 December 2014

We had a quick chat with Dr. Flavia Loscialpo, a senior lecturer of fashion here at Southampton Solent University. She talks about her life before arriving in the UK, her current research interests, and the increasing number of international students choosing to study for an MA here at Southampton Solent.

Where you are from? How have you decide to go into Fashion? What are your current research interests?

I am from Rome (a true Roman) where I studied philosophy, and worked for different art galleries while I was a student.

Dr. Flavia Loscialpo

Before moving to London I lived in Denmark for a year. During my PhD in Philosophy I often came to London for research, travelling back and forth between the two.

I finally moved to UK in 2008, after having been awarded funds to conduct post-doctoral research on ‘non being’ and ‘negation’ in metaphysics at the Philosophy Department of King’s College.

During this time, my interest moved towards curation and fashion, so I also enrolled on the MA Fashion Curation course at London College of Fashion. I studied here under the supervision of Judith Clark and Amy de la Haye.

This education served to deepen my knowledge of the history, culture and theory of fashion, and of learning about different approaches within the curatorial practice. I have always been interested in fashion as it is multifaceted; it can, in fact, be explored and treated as a material object, a system, a cultural value, a social phenomenon. It is the expression of the Zeitgeist that is closest to our skin.

Why did you choose to work for Southampton Solent University?

I started working at Southampton Solent University in 2010. Within the School of Fashion I immediately found a very supportive and creative environment.

Southampton Solent is a relatively young university, which is constantly expanding and is deeply committed to innovation. I have already experienced many changes since I started my job as Senior Lecturer in Fashion.

Products from the Southampton Solent University art, design and fashion store, Re:So. This store is managed and stocked by our students.

All members of staff are engaged in research and professional practice, and effectively communicate their enthusiasm to students. As leader of the research group in Fashion, I work with my colleagues to create several opportunities for knowledge exchange and debate, allowing students to expand their full breath of the fashion scenario.

It is very important that Fashion graduates are aware of the current state of the academic and professional debate on emerging areas of research and practice.

What is the benefit for the international students to come and study the MA Fashion Merchandise Management at Solent?

The MA Fashion Merchandise Management features a very international cohort of students, and the variety of their cultural and educational backgrounds creates a particularly stimulating environment.

The teaching on the MA is integrated with a variety of guest speaker sessions, research experiences as well external activities such as trips to relevant exhibitions, museums, and industry partners’ headquarters.

At Solent we work for creating an exciting and inclusive learning environment, preparing MA students to work professionally in the retail industry.

To find out more about postgraduate courses at Southampton Solent University, visit our postgraduate homepage.