Dr Zhe Wang

Lecturer in Fashion Art Direction

Dr Zhe Wang

Lecturer in Fashion Art Direction

Email: z.wang@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 2000

I am a lecturer in Fashion Art Direction, working across the Fashion Communication and Fashion Business department. I joined MFI in 2020, teaching both UG and PG programmes, and supervising PG research students. 

Before joining MFI, I had my Design Ph.D. awarded by the College of Art, the University of Edinburgh in July 2020. 

Academic and professional qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Design (Design Culture Research). University of Edinburgh, College of Art  01/2015-09/2019
  • Thesis: Re-shaping Innovations in the Contemporary Fashion Show: Emerging Chinese Designers in the Global Fashion Ecosystem
  • Supervisors: Professor. Craig Martin, Professor Christopher Breward, Mr. Mal Burkinshaw
  • Examiners: Dr. Wessie Ling, Dr. Rachel Joy Harkness
  • University of Arts London, Curating Contemporary Art.   Professional Training Course (25/03/2019-29/03/2019)
  • MSc in Design and Digital Media, University of Edinburgh, UK, 09/2013-11/2014
  • MSc Management, Wuhan University, China, 09/2011-06/2013

Undergraduate teaching

BA Fashion Promotion:

L4: Visual Communication 1; Showcase

L6: Visual Practice 1

BA Fashion Art Direction:

L4: Scoping; UnitX

L5: Anticipating

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Business of Luxury

MA Fashion Buying and Merchandising Management
MA Fashion and Business

Postgraduate research supervision

  • Mphil and Ph.D. Supervision Available

Projects and initiatives

Wang, Z., Griffin, A., and Xu, J., 2023 to 2025, From Appropriation to Authenticity: Struggles and Strategies in International Luxury Branding in China.


  • Curator, Nov. 2017-July 2018, International Touring Exhibition:‘Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance’at Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume.

Editiorial Board membership

  • Editorial Board for Fashion, Style and Popular Culture


Research Interests

My research interests lie in a number of interdisciplinary fields, covering the ethnographies of global fashion culture, fashion communication and international brand management (especially for emerging brands), digital fashion culture, fashion theatre and performance, design anthropology, innovation design, the global fashion cities, creative labour, and creative cultural industry. 


UCRKE Research Grants: Aesthetic Revolutions in China’s Contemporary Fashion in the 21st Century 


Wang, Z., Wang, Z., 2023. 'Wang, Z., 2023, The Style Evolution of Paris Fashion Illustration in the Early 20th Century, China, Beijing, Hina Book Publication.'.

Internet Publications

Wang, Z., 2022. 'Aesthetic Revolutions in the ‘Designerscape Era’ since 1970s and Influences on the Emerging Generation of Chinese Designers', https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com/article?docid=b-9781350926899&tocid=b-9781350926899-006&st=zhe+wang.

Wang, Z., 2022. 'The Evolution of Futurism and Sci-fi Fashion from the 1990s: Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Hussein Chalayan and the Emerging Generation of Chinese CG Fashion and Metaverse Designer', https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com/article?docid=b-9781350926899&tocid=b-9781350926899-004&st=zhe+wang.

Wang, Z., 2022. 'Ethnicity in Theatrical Fashion Shows: Chinoiserie in Galliano’s work for Christian Dior', https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com/article?docid=b-9781350926899&tocid=b-9781350926899-007&st=zhe+wang.

Journal Articles

Wang, Z., 2024. 'Shanghai Fashion Week: A Socially Engaging Mass Entertainment', ZoneModa, pp. 283-307.


Wang, Z., 2022. 'Re-imagining Chinese Artisan Fashion in the Digital Age: New Creative Cultural Preservation and Globalisation', ABERDEEN.

Wang, Z., 2022. 'Digitised Fashion Shows and Fashion Weeks in the COVID-19 and Post-COVID-19 Era: The Changing Formats and Meanings of Mediating Fashion', Nottingham, UK.

Wang, Z., 2018. 'An anti-elitism ideology in the new generation of Chinese independent designers: the multi-dimensional design identities and their survival in today’s heteronomous fashion industry', Rome.

Wang, Z., 2018. 'Shanghai Fashion Week: A Socially Engaging Mass Entertainment'.


Wang, Z., Anze, E., 2023. 'Exploring Exhibition Designs in Fashion and Art Design Education: Enhancing Experiential Learning Outcomes in the Post- pandemic Era', GLAD Symposium 2023: Gathering Ourselves, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Office Location

Room Cavendish Teaching 2, Room C.2.24
Righton Building
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG