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Yu Lun Eve Lin

PhD Work

Learning Fashion Design: An autoethnographic study

In this research p roject, I experiment with autobiographical writing as a means of contemplating lived experiences as a fashion design student, designer and lecturer. The method that underpins my research is autoethnography. The method enables the research to integrate subjective and objective data in order to identify and analyse the key issues raised in the confluence between eastern learners within western design education and life after that education. Fashion education, especially, raises issues of professionalism and entrepreneurialism, and autoethnography assists me to investigate and analyse the role of professional design experience as key to future teaching and learning practices.

Learning within the industry setting is compared with learning in Higher Education studio contexts in London and Taipei. The objective is to provide valuable “new meanings” for the educationalists who want to understand the significance of cultural differences within learning and teaching in current practice.

Keywords: autoethnography, narrative, fashion design, education


  • Eve Lin
  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Arts & Humanities Research, 2015–2018

  • Yu Lun Eve Lin, the fashion designer behind '', graduated with BA and MA Womenswear degrees from Central St Martins School of Art and Design, where she studied from 2004 to 2009. A fashion illustrator of two international Red Dot award winning projects: 'the girl who worries too much' (2014) and ‘the girl who worries about writing’ (2018). A fashion design researcher of '' at Royal College of Arts. Eve has worked as a fashion entrepreneur since 2010, as well as an international fashion design educator in London, Taiwan, New York and China. During this time, she has also worked as a design consultant with fashion labels across the globe from mass production fashion companies such as JCPenny, J Crew and M&S to Asia-based fashion company TEXMA Corp collaboration on 2015 SS/AW womenswear collections.

  • Degrees

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, UAL, 2018; PGCert Academic Practice, University of the Arts London, 2018; Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, UAL, 2017; MA Fashion Design Womenswear, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, 2009; BA Fashion Design Womenswear, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, 2007
  • Experience

  • Fashion Design Associate Lecturer, FDD (BA), London College of Fashion, London, 2017–2018; Fashion Design Tutor, Artscom, Short courses, London College of Fashion, London, 2015–2018; Senior lecturer, Shih Chien University, Taipei, 2010–15; Founder/Designer, Eve. Lin design studio, Taichung, 2010–18; Design consultant, TEXMA corp, Taipei, 2014–15; Design consultant, Denim, Taipei, 2013–14
  • Exhibitions

  • Red Dot Award, Red Dot Design Museum Taipei, Taiwan, 2015; "Back to 18", Nominated by ELLE Taiwan as top Asian NEW GEN designer, ATT 4 Fun, Taipei, 22nd July 2014; "All About Eve" Fashion Exhibition, Eslite Book Store, Taipei, Taiwan, Sep 2014; "Beyond" Womenswear/Menswear Collection with Taiwan Textile federation, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, September, 2013; Paper Fold Fabric, Taichung Culture Centre, Taichung, Taiwan, 2013; "The girl who still worries too much" Illustration exhibition, Eslite Book Store, Taipei. May-June 2013; "Beyond" SS Collection, Shanghai textile expo, Shanghai, April 2013; "Pause" Menswear Collection, Focus Taiwan, New York Fashion week with Taiwan textile federation & H.P.France Group. HPGRP Gallery, 13th September 2012; "My dear page turner" Collection, Roomslink, Tokyo Fashion Week, Japan, April 2012; "Fold, unfold" Collection, Invited by ELLE Taiwan as NEW GEN designer. Eslite exhibition centre, Taipei. March 2012.; "Fold, unfold" Collection, Focus Taiwan, New York Fashion week with Taiwan textile federation. Chelsea Market, September 2011; "Geometry gone insane" Collection, Taipei Fashion week in Floral Expo Centre. Taipei, March 2011.; Eve.Lin 2010 AW Womenswear, Coningsby Gallery, London, UK, 2010
  • Awards

  • Red Dot Award, Illustration, 2014; Chinese Costume design award First Prize and best skilled award, 2002
  • Conferences

  • " Play" presentation and workshop, RE:ACT Forum, Royal College of Art, 12th February 2018; "Play" seminar and workshop, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, 30th Jan 2018- 1st February 2018; "Play" co-presented with Tim Stephens (UAL Dyslexia Support lecturer and Senior Lecturer in HE in Brighton University), Research_Alive Symposium, Royal College of Art, London, 9th June 2017; FTC 2017, " Made in Taiwan " Royal College of Art, London, 4th May, 2017; "Play", 'Progress in Research_Play, Pause, Forward and Rewind' presentation, F&T PGR WIP 2017, Royal College of Art, London, 22nd January 2017; "Made in Taiwan" , Research_Alive Symposium, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, 15th June 2016; " rite of passage" presentation, F&T PGR WIP 2016, Royal College of Art, London, 21st January 2016
  • Publications

  • The Girl Who Worries too Much, ISBN9789868751835, 2012