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Mr Dean Brough

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office


Mr Dean Brough
Academic Program Director, Design
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office
Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management
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Master of Arts (Research) (Queensland University of Technology), B Arts in Fashion (Honours) (University of Manchester Institute of Sc and Tech), Diploma of Teaching (Queensland University of Technology), Dip Clothing Design and Management (University of Manchester Institute of Sc and Tech), Adv Dip of Fashion (Technical & Further Education), Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training (Technical & Further Education), Cert of fashion Studies (Technical & Further Education), Cert TCF Export Education (Technical & Further Education)


Fashion, Fashion history, Health and fashion, Menswear, Skin cancer and clothing

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dean Brough is Study Area Coordinator for fashion and lectures in studio practice and fashion technology in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. His most recent research is centred on the critical role fashion plays in determining sun protective behaviour. Dean has also investigated the history of the men’s white dress shirt. The creative practice that evolved from this investigation won Dean a Design Institute of Australia Award. He has also won numerous teaching awards including a Dean’s award for Excellence in Teaching and a Vice Chancellors’ Distinguished Teaching Award (team).
Dean is unit coordinator for numerous QUT fashion units and is discipline coordinator for the Creative Industries Transition program. He is also a board member for both the QUT Creative Industries Faculty Academic Board and the Board of Studies.
Dean’s fashion practice has been exhibited at venues such as the Queensland Art Gallery, Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, and Artisan gallery. He has extensive industry expertise and knowledge in fashion practice.

Dean Brough, Academic Program Director (School of Design), is a highly experienced educational and industry fashion professional with the ability to explore, resolve and fabricate new apparel designs.  His applied research is centred on the intersection of health and design, with a focus on performance and protective apparel for sub-tropical climates. Dean is also currently investigating bio-textiles – creating textiles from living bacteria to potentially grow your own apparel.

Alongside this, Dean has also investigated threshold positions for design innovation – the creative practice from this research received a Design Institute of Australia Award. His creative practice has been exhibited at numerous prestigious art and design venues, both nationally and internationally, including Queensland Art Gallery, ARC Biennial and Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival. 

Dean has widespread experience in digital applications for the fashion industry, including highly proficient skills in computer aided pattern design, computer aided pattern grading, computer based graphics (including print development) and industry based digital embroidery programs. He also has extensive experience in fashion production, including stretch-wear manufacture, tailoring, and production resolution for bespoke complex designs. Dean has a diverse design and fabrication background including an early career as a watchmaker, and with this unique suite of skill sets, fields such as wearable technology provide an innovative space for design experimentation.

This information has been contributed by Mr Dean Brough.


  • Brough DM, (2009) Spotty Dick (Fashion - menswear), Queensland Exhibition - RNA Cotton and Wool Exhibition
  • Brough DM, (2010) Woollen Mermaids (Exhibition Curator), Queensland Museum
  • Brough DM, (2006) Neo-dandy, Artisans Gallery, Qld Art Gallery and mercedes Benz Fashion Festival

For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.