Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business (including the Swedish School of Textiles)
Department of Design
Telephone: 033-435 4478
Room number: 2351
Jan Tepe is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden since September 2019. As part of his doctoral studies, he conducts his artistic research with a specialization in fashion design. Prior to his doctoral studies, Jan Tepe graduated with a BA in Fashion Design from the AMD Hamburg, Germany in 2014 and with a MA in Fashion Design from the University of the Arts Berlin, Germany in 2018. Besides his academic education, he gained professional experiences at internationally renowned designers and brands such as at the avant-garde design studio Carol Christian Poell in Milan, Italy (2015) and the design HQ of the fashion Brand Hugo Boss in Metzingen, Germany (2016). His academic and professional experiences afforded him the opportunity to work as a researcher at the Design Research Lab Berlin in 2019 before he eventually started his doctoral studies at the University of Borås, Sweden.
Jan’s research and design practice look at how body and garment could influence each other with regards to the increasing emergence of extended reality technologies. By using the human body, textiles, and technologies as materials for exploration, he carries out artistic research-based work that questions established understandings of the human body as an instance of identity and suggests alternative approaches for fashion design. His work reflects a speculative and critical take on how body and dress are predominantly regarded in fashion design processes in academia and industry. His research aims to suggest alternative ways of understanding and practicing design in fashion that regard body and dress as equal materials for design at the intersection of the physical and the digital.