Why I’m studying… PhD in Circular Fashion Design

Designer Wajiha Pervez is making news by using AI to reduce fashion waste. As a PhD student and lecturer at UTS, she's all about finding clarity and using simple words to solve complex problems.
Wahija Pervez. A black and white image of a young woman in a headscarf, laughing and holding a mobile phone. A brick wall frames her on the left. She is a fashion lecturer and PhD student.

Wajiha Pervez is an experimental textile designer, artist, curator and academic at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She recently appeared in the news for her use of AI tool Midjourney to create sustainable athleisure fashion designs for her PhD, while also teaching her students how to use AI in their work effectively. Her AI research is specifically focused on using these tools to reduce fashion wastage – she can test the popularity of her designs before purchasing fabrics or making physical samples.

With many degrees already under her belt – including a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in textiles and an Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design – Pervez has studied and exhibited around the world, with work showcased in galleries, museums, design weeks, exhibitions and conferences from Australia to Dubai, to the UK, Russia and more.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk