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SFT’s Dean Prof. Erin Cho appointed as Limin Endowed Professor in Integrated Strategies and Leadership in Fashion

It is with immense pride and joy for SFT to announce that our Dean, Professor Erin Cho, has become the Limin Endowed Professor in Integrated Strategies and Leadership in Fashion as of 1 February 2024. An Endowed Professorship is one of the most prestigious recognitions given to eminent academics in acknowledgment of their academic leadership and research contributions. As many of you are aware, Dean Cho is a globally prominent academic leader and esteemed scholar, particularly in the fields of integrated design strategies, human-computer interactions, and digital platforms. Despite her recent arrival in Hong Kong, her influence is already evident and her contributions are highly valued across various aspects of Hong Kong's academic and industry landscape. We are deeply grateful for and inspired by her warm and inclusive leadership, critical visions, execution capabilities, and her exceptional ability to engage stakeholders and communities.

2 Feb, 2024


Transformative Fashion Pedagogies 2.0 | Call for papers

Joint Symposium between Parsons School of Fashion (New York, USA), London College of Fashion (London, UK), COLEGIATURA (Medellín, Colombia) and PolyU (Hong Kong SAR, China) Based on the success of last year’s ‘Transformative Fashion Pedagogies’ Symposium, we are organising a further opportunity to come together and share the progressive and inclusive pedagogies we are implementing at London College of Fashion (LCF) and Parsons School of Fashion. The symposium will once again foreground fashion pedagogy as critical research, asserting the interconnectedness of research, teaching, and industry and/or community organisations and the role we play as educators in enacting impactful social and political change with our students. A selection of papers will be published in a special issue The Fashion Studies Journal , focused on Fashion Pedagogy. This year, we will focus around four themes emerging from our previous discussions and presentations: Design Justice Can empathy be employed as a powerful tool for change? Within the context of academia and social justice, how do we examine our positionality as designers, students and educators? How can institutions engage in amplifying voices of under-represented and unheard perspectives to engage critically in dissemination of knowledge through the expertise of marginalised bodies and minds? Defining Fashion What is fashion? How are we evolving the definition of fashion in response to current times? What must change for a definition of fashion to be considered inclusive? By defining fashion for students are we really only defining ourselves? How do we define what a quality fashion education is? How do we define/ascertain a framework for measuring the quality of fashion education within the current context? Undoing Fashion How can/do we encourage students to challenge, or undo established ideas about fashion? How can/do we develop new fashion pedagogies that foreground climate change and social justice? How can educators reconcile the drive for and interest in the image of glamour with current damaging and exploitative elements of the fashion system? Industry Impact What tensions and gaps exist between the fashion industry and academia? How do we preserve and/or invent generative fashion systems within the context of current industry? How can/do we collaborate with the fashion industry to drive change within fashion practices? The symposium will take place on 26 April and 3 May via Zoom and will take the form of parallel panels, based on these themes. One panel will be offered in Spanish. We encourage proposals for diverse formats, including short ten-minute presentations , panels and collaborative group projects. The types of presentations might include: Single faculty presentation Pair or group faculty panel Faculty and student collaborative presentation or panel Workshops on teaching methods Examples of decolonial approaches and curricula Approaches to inclusive teaching Case studies of specific courses Submission Please send a 150-word abstract, outlining your proposed presentation and format to Ms Sharon Cheung ( on or before by 13 Feb 2024 for the initial screening. All abstracts will be double anonymous peer reviewed. We aim to send you feedback by 8 March and the final symposium schedule will be published by 20 March. *Please indicate your interest in having your submission considered for the special journal issue based on the symposium The organising committee Caroline Stevenson (Programme Director of Cultural and Historical Studies and Fashion Studies, London College of Fashion) Liza Betts (Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion) Ben Barry (Dean, Parsons School of Fashion) Fiona Dieffenbacher (Associate Dean, Parsons School of Fashion) Natalia Ramírez Gutiérrez (Professor, COLEGIATURA) Mung Lar Lam (Professor of Practice, PolyU) Ryan Houlton (Programme Director, MA Fashion & Textiles Design, PolyU)

1 Feb, 2024

Research & Innovation

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Dr Chen Jianming publishes revolutionary spider silk research work in Nature Communications

Dr Chen Jianming, Research Assistant Professor, recently published his ground breaking research work "Replicating shear-mediated self-assembly of spider silk through microfluidics" in Nature Communications on 15 January 2024. The research work has been the centre of attention and highlighted in over 18 news outlets with a ranking in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. The study is a result of an international collaboration between PolyU and RIKEN, a national research and development agency in Japan and the largest comprehensive research institution renowned for high-quality research in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. The research, which spanned approximately 3.5 years, sought to replicate the self-assembly process of spider silk under native-like conditions. The team used microfluidics as a method which mimics the natural spinning process of spider silk to introduce complex triggers that facilitate the transition from soluble proteins to solid fibre. The team developed a microfluidic system that can directly visualise the morphological changes during self-assembly and simultaneously modify the structural transition within the fibres. This system produces continuous, robust fibres with a fascinating hierarchical structure and diameter of 5-10 µm. The research focuses on the role of shear stress as a trigger, and shows its crucial impact on fibre assembly and the β-sheet structure, which is responsible for the extraordinary mechanical strength of natural spider silk. This successful research project combines elements of biochemistry, materials science, fluid mechanics and computational modelling. The results and understanding of the self-assembly mechanism provide valuable insights into aqueous biomimetic spinning methods and inspire the design of high-performance materials. The full text of the paper can be accessed at

31 Jan, 2024

Research & Innovation

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PolyU Fashion Show 2024 prejudging of intimate apparel and activewear

The much-anticipated prejudging of the collections of students in the intimate apparel and activewear specialism under the BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles took place on 6 January at PolyU. Invited judges from the industry carefully selected ten finalists who will then proceed to the annual PolyU Fashion Show 2024 to be held in June. A total of 29 talented final year students showcased their innovative and creative designs in their major of intimate apparel and activewear at the session. The prejudging panel, which consisted of the following industry experts, had the enviable task of reviewing and judging the works of the students: Cerie International Limited - Ms Sarah Marland Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries’ Association - Ms Teresa Tse Hop Lun (Hong Kong) Limited - Mr Allen Wong and Ms Dewi Compost Legend Swimwear Factory Limited - Ms Irene Ng and Ms Kami Woo Nike, Inc. - Mr Henrik Siu and Ms Vivian Kwan Parawin Industries Limited - Ms Abbie But and Ms Kiki Yu Triumph International - Ms Choco Lai Yintak Intex - Ms Ale Lau After a thorough evaluation of each design based on creativity, innovation, and practicality, the judges selected ten finalists who will proceed to the next stage of the competition. The names of the finalists were announced at the end of the session, adding to the excitement and anticipation for the main event. In addition to the judging, the session also provided an opportunity for the judges to meet and converse with the finalists. This interaction allowed the students to gain valuable insights and feedback on their designs, which will undoubtedly benefit them in their future endeavors in the fashion industry. Professor Joanne Yip, Associate Dean, expresses her appreciation to the judges: “We would like to extend a special thanks to our esteemed judges who brought their expertise and knowledge to the session. Their contribution was invaluable in making this event a success.” Fashion enthusiasts and industry professionals alike are eagerly awaiting to attend PolyU Fashion Show 2024. With the conclusion of the prejudging session, the stage is now set for the grand event where the finalists will showcase their designs to a larger audience.

12 Jan, 2024

Teaching & Learning


Prof. Joanne Yip secures Research Impact Fund for pioneering scoliosis treatment

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Joanne Yip, Associate Dean of SFT, has been awarded the Research Impact Fund (RIF) 2023/24 of HK$5 million, with HK$3.35 million coming from the esteemed Research Grant Council (RGC). This funding is for her project, "Developing a New Generation of Pressure-controlled Wearable Soft Braces to Improve the Efficiency and Compliance in Treating Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis". Prof. Yip's significant contributions in the fields of medical textiles and healthcare products have led to this outstanding achievement. Her funded project aims to develop effective and comfortable pressure-controlled wearable soft braces for patients suffering from adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. By integrating advanced technology with her expertise, Prof. Yip's research is set to improve treatment outcomes and enhance the quality of life for patients afflicted with this condition. The RIF is designed to encourage academics to utilise their research to deliver benefits to the broader community, fostering impactful and translational research projects. The Fund also promotes collaboration between academia, government departments, the business sector, industry, and research institutes. Successful projects can receive funding of up to HK$10 million per project for a period of three to five years. In total, the RIF supported 14 projects in the 2023/24 cycle.

8 Jan, 2024

Research & Innovation


Dr Shou Dahua Hosts and Chairs Young Scholar Symposium at 13th China Textile Academic Conference

In November 2023, Dr Shou Dahua, Limin Endowed Young Scholar in Advanced Textiles Technologies, hosted the Young Scholar Symposium at the 13th China Textile Academic Conference on behalf of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Suzhou, China. The China Textile Academic Conference is an authoritative platform organised by the China Textile Engineering Society for advanced academic exchanges, recognition of highly innovative talents, and publication of excellent scientific research achievements. The China Association for Science and Technology has featured the annual China Textile Academic Conference multiple times in the "Guide to Key Academic Conferences". Since its inception in 2011, the event has taken place on an annual basis, and is now in its thirteenth year. The conference comprises five components: sessions in the main venue, breakout sessions, special forums, awards ceremony, and exhibitions. The event focused on promoting exchange and transformation of cutting-edge technology in textiles used in the health and medical fields, smart textiles, and textiles for sports, and attracted nearly 200 young scholars, medical personnel, entrepreneurs, and industry representatives. Mr Fu Guangwei, Chairman of the China Textile Engineering Society, Director of the China National Textile and Apparel Council Testing Center, and Chairman of the National Textile Fabric Museum, delivered the opening speech, while Professor Erin Cho, Dean of School of Fashion and Textiles of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, gave a welcoming speech to the attendees. Mr Guan Haibo, Director of the Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Affairs Office of the China Science and Technology Exchange Center under the Ministry of Science and Technology, gave the keynote speech. Representatives from institutions such as Harvard University, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Southeast University, Donghua University, Jiangnan University, Qingdao University, and Anhui University of Technology, and companies like ASICS (China), Shengze Junior Chamber of Commerce, Purcotton, 361 Degrees, Bananaunder, Xiangbu Textile Co., Ltd., etc., attended the event. They discussed opportunities for cooperation through joint R&D projects, research integration and transformation, and shared creation and utilization around "intelligent wearables, new healthcare materials, and green sustainability". The conference not only strengthened industry-university-research collaborations, but also opened a new chapter for interdisciplinary collaborative development. Dr Shou Dahua and Dr Ding Ye, founder of Yrobot and holder of a PhD from Harvard University, gave the keynote speeches. The speakers, including Associate Professor Liu Yulei from Peking University, Associate Professor Chen Peining from Fudan University, Chief Physician Huang Chenyu from Tsinghua University, Professor Zhao Dongliang from Southeast University, Dr Ding Ye of Yrobot, Professor You Zhengwei from Donghua University, Sun Yuting, Head of Apparel R&D at ASICS (China) Commerce Ltd., and Dr Shou Dahua gave their respective presentations. They gave introductions on the latest advancements and application transformations in areas such as intelligent wearables and advanced textile technologies, textiles used in clinical practices of sports medicine and textile engineering, fabric display devices and integrated systems, textiles for mechanotherapy, thermal and moisture management fabrics, smart wearable robots, bionic devices of elastomer fibres, and sports apparel with high-performance fibre. At the session, the participants and speakers engaged in several rounds of enthusiastic and in-depth interaction, sharing their professional knowledge and experiences.

29 Dec, 2023

Research & Innovation

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Prof. Jintu Fan publishes in an impactful journal Advanced Science

A research team led by Prof. Jintu Fan reported the 3D cellular solar crystallizer for stable and ultra‐efficient high‐salinity wastewater treatment. This work has been published in Advanced Science. Development of interfacial solar brine crystallizers has great potential in waste water treatment due to their excellent energy efficiency and sustainability. We developed an artificial tree solar crystallizer (ATSC) with a multi-branched and interconnected open-cell cellular structure that can significantly increase evaporation surface, achieving an ultra-high evaporation rate (2.30 kg m−2 h−1 during two hours exposure) and high energy efficiency (128%) in concentrated real seawater. The unit cell design of ATSC promoted salt crystallization on the outer frame rather than the inner voids, ensuring that salt crystallization does not affect the continuous transport of brine through the pores inside the unit cell, thus ATSC can maintain a stable evaporation rate of 1.94 kg m-2 h-1 on average in concentrated seawater for 80 hours continuous exposure. The design concept of ATSC represents a major step forward toward Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) treatment of high-salinity brine in many industrial processes. The full article can be viewed from

22 Dec, 2023

Research & Innovation


SFT Outstanding Research Achievement Award 2023 (Research Postgraduate Students)

21 Nov, 2023


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SFT faculty members in Stanford University top 2% scientists 2023

SFT is proud to announce that 13 faculty members have been listed on the World’s Top 2% most-cited scientists in a global report recently released by Stanford University. 11 of our faculty members are listed on the 'Career-Long Impact List' and 13 of them are listed on the 'Single-Year Impact List'. These rankings attest to our research excellence and outstanding academia. The colleagues who are listed among the Top 2% include Profs. Fan Jintu, Fei Bin, Hu Hong, Kinor Jiang, Kan Chi-wai, Tao Xiaoming, Wang Xungai, Christina Wong, Calvin Wong, John Xin, Xu Bingang, and Joanne Yip, and Dr Shou Dahua. Over 100,000 top scientists across 22 scientific fields and 174 sub-fields globally are identified in this round of acknowledgements. Career-long data are updated to the end of 2022 and single recent year data pertain to citations received during the calendar year of 2022.The scientists are identified by using indicators including information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations of papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator (c-score). The two tables below list the rankings of the SFT scholars in terms of ‘Career-long data’ and ‘Single Year data’. Our heartiest congratulations to our colleagues on their excellent achievement!   Career-long Data Name and Position Subject Field  Prof. Fan Jintu Chair Professor in Textiles Technologies, Director of Research Centre of Textiles for Future Fashion, Associate Director of Research Institute for Sports Science and Technology Polymers Prof. Fei Bin Professor Polymers Prof. Hu Hong Professor Materials Prof. Kan Chi-wai Professor and Associate Dean Polymers Dr Shou Dahua Assistant Professor Materials Prof. Tao Xiaoming Chair Professor of Textile Technology, Vincent and Lily Woo Professor in Textile Technology, Director of Research Centre for Smart Wearable Technology, Director of Research Institute for Intelligent Wearable Systems Materials Prof. Wang Xungai Chair Professor of Fiber Science and Technology (Global STEM Professorship Scheme) Materials Prof. Christina Wong Professor and Director of Research and Innovation Operations Research Prof. Calvin Wong Professor, Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion, Director of AiDLab Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing Prof. John Xin Chair Professor and Lee Family Professor in Fashion and Textiles Polymers Prof. Xu Bingang Professor Materials   Single-year Data Position Subject Field  Prof. Fan Jintu Chair Professor in Textiles Technologies, Director of Research Centre of Textiles for Future Fashion, Associate Director of Research Institute for Sports Science and Technology  Polymers Prof. Fei Bin Professor  Polymers Prof. Hu Hong Professor  Materials Prof. Kinor Jiang Professor  Materials Prof. Kan Chi-wai Professor and Associate Dean  Polymers Dr Shou Dahua Assistant Professor  Materials Prof. Tao Xiaoming Chair Professor of Textile Technology, Vincent and Lily Woo Professor in Textile Technology, Director of Research Centre for Smart Wearable Technology, Director of Research Institute for Intelligent Wearable Systems  Materials Prof. Wang Xungai Chair Professor of Fiber Science and Technology (Global STEM Professorship Scheme)  Materials Prof. Christina Wong Professor and Director of Research and Innovation  Operations Research Prof. Calvin Wong Professor, Cheng Yik Hung Professor in Fashion, Director of AiDLab  Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing Prof. John Xin Chair Professor and Lee Family Professor in Fashion and Textiles  Polymers Prof. Xu Bingang Professor  Materials Prof. Joanne Yip Professor and Associate Dean  Materials

7 Nov, 2023

Research & Innovation

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29th School of Fashion and Textiles Congregation

The 29th Congregation was successfully concluded on 4 November, presided over by School Dean Professor Erin Cho. At the Congregation, held in the Jockey Club Auditorium on campus, Master of Philosophy, Master of Arts and Bachelor degrees were awarded to 426 graduates, where PhD graduates were awarded at the Main Session of the University on 25 November. Professor Cho extended her warmest congratulations to all graduates and wished them every success in their future careers or studies. The School conferred academic awards on a total of 444 students this year, including 18 Doctor of Philosophy degree graduates, 2 Master of Philosophy degree graduates, 146 taught master’s degree graduates, and 278 bachelor’s degree graduates

6 Nov, 2023

Teaching & Learning

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