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Yu Lun Eve Lin

PhD Work

Negotiating Fashion Education and the Fashion Industry in London and Taipei

In this research, I experiment with autobiographical writing as a means of contemplating lived experiences as a fashion design student, designer and lecturer. The methods that underpin my research are autoethnography and discourse analysis. 

Autoethnography 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. Discourse analysis assists with a wider examination, particularly in fashion education and the industry, as the culture of information flow lives broadly in fashion journalism. 

Fashion education, especially, raises issues of power relations and class in both professionalism and entrepreneurialism. Autoethnography assists me to investigate and analyse the role of ‘self’ in fashion education and the industry. In the analysis, several concepts are discussed, Bourdieu’s theory in cultural capital and symbolic violence, Foucault’s concept of power, Dewey’s concept of experiential learning and how it relates to western fashion education. 

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 (country,  groups, or taste) within learning and teaching in current practice.

Keywords: autoethnography, narrative, fashion design, education, power


  • Eve Lin
  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Arts & Humanities Research, 2015–

  • Yu Lun Eve Lin is completing her PhD in Arts and Humanities at RCA focusing on the dynamic interaction between fashion education and industry seen through the perspective of power and symbolic violence in international fashion design pedagogies. She became a fashion entrepreneur after graduating from CSM BA and MA 2004-2009, selected as Taiwan NewGen Designer in 2011, 2013 and 2014. She has received the Red Dot design award in 2014 and 2018 for her illustration works. She was formerly a design consultant for Asia-based TEXMA Corp. and has taught fashion design in London, Shih Chien in Taipei, FIT in New York and in China. She lives and works between Taipei and London.
  • 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 Lecturer, FDD (BA), London College of Fashion, London, 2019–present; Fashion Design Associate Lecturer, FDD (BA), London College of Fashion, London, 2017–2019; 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, Education Illustration, 2018; Red Dot Award, Illustration, 2014; Chinese Costume design award First Prize and best skilled award, 2002
  • Conferences

  • "Working Moon: An Innovative Case Study of Arts Pedagogy for International Students in HE, working with Chinese Students and Teachers in six cities in China" Presentation,Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference, 2019; " 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

  • Practice of Fashion Drawing, 109147 ,2020; The Girl Who Worries too Much, ISBN9789868751835, 2012