Patricia Wu Wu is an interdisciplinary fashion designer, researcher and educator based in Scotland. She is a PhD candidate in the School of Design at the Edinburgh College of Art, where she is also a tutor in Design Informatics. She was formally trained in mixed media textiles at the Arts University Bournemouth, and later obtained her masters in Fashion & Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art in 2016. Previously, she has worked for independent fashion labels from haute couture to ready-to-wear, such as Iris Van Herpen, Leutton Postle and Derek Lawlor. She has also worked as a print designer for textiles manufacturing companies during her placement at the Zhejiang Fashion & Textiles College (Ningbo, China).
Her doctoral thesis investigates the anthropocene through fashion design as a self-reflexive practice to inquire the following: Whatever fashion does to the planet, it does it through the human body. What then can fashion do to the body to reflect upon what it does to the planet? Through this inquiry, she creates material artefacts as models to understand the anthropocene, advocating planetary thinking, where humans are indivisible from the Earth system. This is established in design mediums, ranging from 3D printed masks, design diagrams, data visualisations, animation and moving image.
Her work has been exhibited during Milan Design Week, Berlin Fashion Film Festival, New Designers in London, Museu del Disseny in Barcelona and Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh.