Otago Polytechnic

Research from Simon Swale

Departments: College of Art, Design and Architecture


Simon has been a lecturer in Design at Otago Polytechnic since 2007. Prior to this, he spent many years within the fashion and clothing industry.

Journal Article

Swale, S. (2017) Speed, Technology, Entropy: The Fashion System at Breaking Point. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics, Art and Design 15, Special Issue: Fashion, November, 139-146. This article was developed from content presented at the international conference ‘The End of Fashion’ held at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, 8-9 December 2016.

Rana Shailaj, R. & Swale, S. (2015) Drape as an Alternative Teaching and Learning Process in Fashion Design. Peer reviewed article in the Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research (SITJAR). ISSN: 1175-1061.

Rana Shailaj, R. & Swale, S. (2014) Draping as a Designing and Making Process with Potential for the Unexpected. Scope Contemporary Research Topics Art and Design 9, 27-36.

Chapter in Book

Swale, S. (2017) Conceptual Fashion: Towards Fashion in the Expanded Field. Art and Design: History, Theory, Practice, eds Peter Stupples and Jane Venis. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. ISBN (10): 1-5275-0307-0, ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-0307-6177-192.

Swale, S. (2009) 'Mustard and Moustaches' in Ian Chapman's 'Glory Days: From Gumboots to Platforms'(2009) Edited selection.
Harper Collins, Auckland. ISBN 978 18 695 0728 2.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Swale, S. (2016) Speed, Technology, Entropy: The Fashion System at Breaking Point. Abstract selected for publication in Proceedings of the The End of Fashion: An International Conference 8, 9 December, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington. ISBN :978-0-473-37492-1. This presentation subsequently developed and published in Scope Art and Design 15 (see NRO4)

Conference Contribution - Other

Swale, S. (2015) Refashioning our Practice: Utilizing arts based models in the teaching of fashion design. Peer reviewed abstract for oral presentation at the Art and Design International Sympsoium, Dunedin School of Art, 16-17 October 2015 and was further developed for publication in the book 'Art and Design'- see NRO1.

Swale, S., and Wilson, J. (2015) The Face in the Crowd: A content analysis of dress in photographs of Dunedin’s underground music scene Presented at 'Contexts of Fashion: Materiality and the Body", 14th Annual Symposium, Costume and Textiles Association of New Zealand: 24-25 April, 2015. Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Rana Shailaj, R., and Swale, S. (2014) Drape as an Alternative Teaching and Learning Process in Fashion Design National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, New Zealand. 1 October - 3 October 2014.

Swale, S. (2012) Blogging: Audience Participation and New Fashion Discourses. Presentation at Fashion Tales 7-9 June, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano.


Swale, S. (2013) Fashion Blogs: It's the world around us. VESTOJ: The platform for critical thing on fashion, online journal. Peer reviewed by the editors, tstoj'(Paris). Uploaded 16 April 2013.http://www.vestoj.com/current/?p=1195.

Creative Work

Swale, S. (2009) 'The Man in the Floral Suit' in Desire-n (group show).
From curated exhibition.
ANZAAE Conference, Dunedin. 20 April - 1 May. 1 piece.

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