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Dr Flavia Loscialpo

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

Flavia Loscialpo, Senior Research Fellow


Flavia Loscialpo PhD is Senior Research Fellow in Cultural Studies and Fashion, within the School of Art, Design and Fashion at Solent. Her background is in philosophy (PhD, Sapienza University, Rome) and curation (MA, University of the Arts London). Through her research and curatorial activity, she has collaborated with several cultural institutions, such as the Barbican Centre, University of Borås (Sweden), London College of Fashion, the National Gallery London, KG52 Gallery (Sweden), the Thayaht-RAM Archive (Italy), Being Human – A Festival of the Humanities (AHRC), working on exhibitions and publications across art, design and fashion. At Solent, she teaches on the third year of the fashion courses as dissertation supervisor, and on the MA Creative Direction for Fashion and Beauty, which she leads. She supervises postgraduate research students within fine art, curation, cultural studies and fashion.

As a representative of the network FACE (Fashion Academics Creating Equality), she is committed to promoting inclusivity, diversity and equality within the fashion curriculum, addressing in particular the cultural studies and visual culture provision for fashion.

Research interests

Flavia’s scholarly work is driven by the aim to expand theoretical frameworks for a critical analysis of fashion and visual culture. Her published research has been translated in several languages, and has focussed on: utopias in philosophy, fashion and art; philosophical deconstruction and fashion; the exhibition space as a ‘heterotopia’; identity politics and otherness. She is currently working on ethno-racial capitalism within fashion, and the interconnectedness of social, racial and environmental justice. In particular, she is investigating labour exploitation and human rights violations within fashion, collaborating with human rights advocates and activist platforms.




Cultural studies, philosophy, curation, fashion theory, visual culture, Marxism, Marxist feminism

Further information

Dissertation supervision on the third year of the fashion courses.

At postgraduate level, Flavia teaches on the MA Creative Direction for Fashion and Beauty (module leader of Researching Visual Culture, Concept Development, Creative Direction), supervising students on the final MA Project and MA Dissertation.

Research students:

  • Emmanuel Boateng, investigating multiculturalism within museums in Southern England (Second supervisor).
  • Maja Hill, thesis ‘When things fall apart. Identities in changing states’ (Second supervisor).
  • Fatma Al Rasheed, thesis ‘Reinterpreting Sadu textiles: cross cultural developments’. Completed (Lead supervisor).

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Prosthetics and Special Effects Design

Unleash your imagination to create characters for stage and screen and develop your portfolio of work using the latest design techniques. And learn from experienced industry experts.

BA (Hons) Make-Up and Hair Design

Superb connections, amazing facilities, and the opportunity to work alongside students of Photography, TV, Film, and SFX make Solent’s course a first choice: the gateway to careers across the world.

MA Creative Direction for Fashion and Beauty

The term creative director originated in advertising agencies, but in the last few years has also become prevalent in the fashion and beauty industries. The role of creative...

MA Make-up and Hair Design Futures

Explore the rapidly evolving field of designing for future bodies, beauty cultures and creature design using speculative design strategies and augmented realities on this...