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Research from Barton, Margo

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Margo Barton



Margo is the Academic Leader for Fashion. She has Dress Design Certificate from TAFE's Fashion Design Studio in Sydney, Australia, and worked in the fashion industry for many years. Her PhD is from RMIT, Australia. A recipient of a New Zealand Tertiary Teaching Award in 2007, she is passionate about fashion education and establishing networks within the global fashion industry to benefit Design students. Margo's research, both designing and writing, focusses on the discourse between the designer and the wearer, especially for emerging fashion. This incorporates her Citizen Stylist project work. Her work traverses the interface between physical and digital designing. She is a frequent exhibitor, curator and presenter. Margo has been a member of the Executive Board of iD Fashion Week Dunedin since 2001 and Deputy Chair since 2015. She initiated the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, held annually since 2003, which attract over 150 entries annually from graduates of the top international fashion schools. She is an external examiner for postgraduate students at AUT and Massey University, is on the Course Advisory Board for fashion at TAFE NSW in Australia, and is a member of the executive board of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). Margo fosters international exchanges and collaborations for students and faculty.

ORCID profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8055-3630

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Barton, M., McKenzie, C; and Swale, S. (2017) Citizen Stylist. Participatory wearing event during iD Dunedin Fashion Week. 22, 23 and 25 March 2017.

Barton, M (2017) When Dreams Turn to Gold - The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998 When Dreams Turn to Gold - The Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards 1964-1998,; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Dunedin, New Zealand. 18th Mar 2017 - 25th Jun 2017

Barton, M. (2016) Citizen Stylist. The End of Fashion exhibition: Massey University. 8-9 December.

Barton, M. (2016) Costume to face the world of the commonplace. Millinery and bathing suit - as exhibited at the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Fashion Museum.

Barton, M. (2013) Home Sewn. The New Zealand Fashion Museum, First shown at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 9th Mar 2013 - 14th Apr 2013. Also available at the online New Zealand Fashion Museum http://www.nzfashionmuseum.org.nz/home-sewn/cold-enamelled-copper-top/?f=&e=&s=barton and at http://www.nzfashionmuseum.org.nz/exhibitions/

Barton, M. (2013) Leather hats. Millinery created and shown accessorizing Company of Strangers Winter 2014 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week, held on Tuesday 03 Sep 2013, Auckland NZ.

Johnston, L., Hlavac-Green, E., Barton, M. (2011) 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week identity iD Dunedin fashion shoot 3rd February 2011, fashion identity released to the public mid February 2011, 1 image. Invited to participate as the fashion stylist on the iD Dunedin identity photoshoot. This undertaking allowed me to draw on my research into fashion as spectacle, with a surreal element to the identity image, which resulted in a dark glamorous image.

Conference Contribution - Other

Barton, M (2017) The democratic geographies of wearer as designer, radicalising the fashion event through the Citizen Stylist project. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 29 August - 1 September 2017.London, UK. Decolonising geographical knowledges: opening geography out to the world. Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Barton, M. (2014) Cross Cultural Fashion Collaborations. The ITENZ 2014 Annual Conference was held at the Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September.

Oral Presentation

Barton, M. (2013) Home Sewn - in conversation interview with Doris de Pont. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Sunday 10 March, 2013

Barton, M. (2011) Get ahead, get a hat: model millinery in the 20th Century Designers Talk Design, Otago Polytechnic, 30 March, 2011. Invited to present my research into millinery trends in a public design seminar series co-ordinated by the Otago Institute of Design, Otago Polytechnic.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Barton, M. (2013) New Hat? Explorations in 3D Digital Millinery Designing and Making. Digital Fashion 2013, 16-17 May 2013, Digital Studio, London College of Fashion, London, UK. http://www.digitalfashionconference.com/ Paper presented and published in the proceedings at the 1st International Conference on Digital Fashion, Fashion Digital Studio, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. pp 113 - 122

Barton,M. & Hlavac-Green E. (2013) East meets West - cultural empowerment through fashion. IFFTI 16th Annual conference - The Power of Fashion., Bunka Gaken University, Tokyo, Japan. 27th January - 31st January 2014.

Barton, M. (2011) Get ahead, get a hat: model millinery in the 21st Century. IFFTI 13th Annual conference - Fashion and Luxury: Between Heritage and Innovation. Institut Francais De La Mode, Paris, France. ISBN: 978-2-914863-23-0 Conference dates: 13 and 14 April 2011; pp201-209.

Thesis – Masters/Doctoral

Barton, M. (2012) Sketching Millinery in Three Dimensions: A journey between physical and digital spaces. Doctor of Philosophy by project, 164 pages, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne Australia, 2012. http://researchbank.rmit.edu.au/view/rmit:160241

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