Troy Nachtigall appointed Professor Fashion Research Technology

14 Feb 2020 13:06 | Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries

The Executive Board of the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS - Hogeschool van Amsterdam) has appointed Troy Nachtigall on 4 February 2020 as Professor of Fashion Research and Technology. The professorship is part of the Center for Applied Research (Create-IT) at the Faculty of Digital Media & Creative Industries (FDMCI) and is closely aligned with the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). Nachtigall has a solid career in design and his research is often very innovative. Within the professorship, he will further strengthen the link between education and research.

The American Nachtigall received his PhD in December 2019 at Eindhoven University of Technology, where he was an ArcInTexETN Marie Curie design researcher in the Wearable Senses Lab since 2015. He was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology at the University of New York, after which he designed for major fashion brands in Florence, Italy. This led him to fashion research into digital production, sustainability and collaboration with leading design courses in Italy. Nachtigall is currently completing a research Postdoc in Socio-Technical Design at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Frank Kresin, dean of faculty Digital Media and Creative Industries: “I am very pleased with the arrival of Troy Nachtigall as a lecturer in Fashion Research & Technology. His versatile background, his enthusiasm and his unique profile at the intersection of fashion and data make him a perfect match with our faculty. He is both hands-on and visionary at the same time, and I am convinced that his work will have a major impact on our education, the fashion industry and society. "

Fashion and data go hand in hand

Nachtigall has an international focus where he cooperates with knowledge institutions and companies around the world. His work has been widely published in scientific, cultural and professional publications, including ACM Computer Human Interaction, Italian Vogue and WGSN. The results of his research are well applicable within the AMFI programs and in the fashion world; also when it comes to themes such as sustainability, virtuality, behavior and interaction. Nachtigall: "It is essential that fashion embodies data in a way that we can address the very human and complex issues surrounding sustainability. At AUAS, there is an unique opportunity to use data to change the way we wear fashion and the means with which it is made in the near future."

An enthusiastic and innovative researcher

Nachtigall is at the crossroads of fashion, IT and creative technology. He experiments, designs, develops software and analyses data to arrive at new methods and tools. An example is the ultra-personalised 3D-printed shoes that Jet Bussemaker wore on Prinsjesdag 2015, a creation by Nachtigall and the Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen. This lead to four years of research into how data can be used to make fashion shown at design weeks around the world. Additionally, Nachitgall has worked with leading innovators in the fashion industry who have blurred the lines between marketing and creativity creating a strong affinity with the role branding and management in the future of fashion.

Fashion Research & Technology

The Fashion Research & Technology research group at AUAS conducts research into fashion and focuses on the application of new technologies and their consequences. The research group focuses on three themes: digitization, creative technology integrated into textiles and the social and environmental impact of the sector. This fits in seamlessly with the work of Nachtigall. Thanks to his applied doctorate, Nachtigall can also support future PhDs in arts & culture within AMFI/AUAS and the expansion of the number of learning communities.

Nachtigall starts on 1 April and thus fills the gap after Valérie Lamontagne, who took up the position of Professor of Fashion Research and Technology in February 2018 and passed away after a serious illness on 4 October 2019.

Fashion Research and Technology research group