Elisa Palomino

Elisa Palomino
University of the Arts London · Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

Master of Arts


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Elisa Palomino has 25 years’ experience working in the fashion luxury industry, academia and museums. She has been Head of the Studio at John Galliano, Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Diane von Furstenberg. She directs the Fashion Print department at Central Saint Martins where she has pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices. She has run successful projects (EU Horizon 2020-MSCA-RISE: Fishskin a Sustainable Raw Material; EU COSME WORTH project: Fish leather in the Luxury Industry) Recipient of Fulbright Scholar Award: ‘Arctic Fishskin clothing traditions’ at the Smithsonian Institute. AHRC LDoc scholarship, Daiwa Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. Her research, recent fieldwork and workshops can be followed at: http://www.fishskinlab.com


Publications (9)
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The Alutiiq, Indigenous inhabitants of the coastal regions of Southwest Alaska, created garments made from fish skins, especially salmon, expertly sewn by women from Kodiak Island. Traditionally, Alutiiq education focused on acquiring survival skills: how to navigate the seas in all weathers, hunting, fishing and tanning animal skins. Today, many A...
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The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum has the mission to convey the knowledge of one the most influential fashion designers in history. Through the Transmissions educational project, the Museum connected with the world’s most prestigious fashion universities (Central Saint Martins, Kyoto Seika University, Parsons School of Design and Shenkar College) cre...


Projects (4)
Developing a technology for sustainable processing of fish leather at an industrial scale can be of great environmental benefit as well as profit the EU economy. This RISE project aims to achieve this goal by forming a group of academics and industry professionals from the entire possible value chain in order to study ancient traditions, learn from existing state of the art practices and develop new technologies while addressing specific challenges that will arise from augmenting the use of fish skin leather for the fashion industry. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon’s 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska Curie agreement FishSkin 823943. Project leader Shenkar. Partners: UAL, Atlantic leather, Iceland University of the Arts, Kornit digital print ltd, Oceanographic Research, Ars Tinctoria SRL ,Politecnico Milano, Kyoto Seika University.
@fishskinlab has created a clutch collection combining the technological progress of @atlanticleather , an Icelandic tannery leading in manufacturing fish skin with the designs of Elisa Palomino. Fish leather is a by-product of the fishing industry, uses ocean food waste and is highly biodegradable.The aim of the project is the preservation and disseminationof fish skin cultural heritage and the development of relevant fashion items taking in consideration the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources. @worth_project is a European Union funded project through the COSME programme.