Alana Clifton-Cunningham

Lecturer in Fashion and Textile Design, University of Technology Sydney

Alana Clifton is a professional designer of fashion and textiles. She lectures at UTS in the School of Design.

Her practice-based research focuses on the social, political and symbolic significance of knitwear design within a traditional and contemporary design context. Alana also examines perceptions of knitting and its relationship to the human body as a second skin. Through challenging assumptions of knitted clothing structures and combining traditional knitting techniques with new technologies and materials, Alana creates wearable forms that mask and disarticulate the human body.

Alana is passionate about collaboration from alternative design disciplines and is interested in new technologies and methodologies. She is intent on documenting Australian fashion and textile histories, specifically the Australian knitwear industry.

At UTS, her lectures are on couture practices and knitwear design within a contemporary design context. She has lectured at UNSW’s Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, and presented conference papers at RMIT Melbourne, Curtin University Western Australia, York University Canada and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong.

Alana continues to work collaboratively on various projects and exhibits her work nationally and internationally.


  • 2000–present
    Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2008 
    University of New South Wales, Master of Design (Hons)
  • 1993 
    University of Technology Sydney, Bachelor of Design (Fashion and Textiles)