Ruby Hoette

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer/Programme Lead MA Design Expanded Practice
Department Design
Email r.hoette (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7775
Ruby Hoette

Ruby Hoette is a designer/researcher seeking to expand what constitutes ‘fashion practice’ through critical and experimental approaches. Her work proposes alternate modes of engaging with and producing fashion by framing the garment as a unique artefact carrying traces of social, cultural and economic interactions and transactions.

Ruby holds a BA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (NL) and an MFA from Parsons, The New School (USA). Ruby teaches on MA Design Expanded Practice and is a third-year tutor on BA Design

Publications and research outputs


Hoette, Ruby and Stevenson, Caroline. 2021. Unfolding Inter-local Practice. In: "MODUS Hosts: CAULFIELD—SRIKLAD", Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 16 October - 19 December 2021.

Hoette, Ruby and Stevenson, Caroline. 2020. MODUS: Conversations. In: "MODUS: Conversations", Onomatopee's online clubhouse, Netherlands, 21 - 23 October 2020.

Hoette, Ruby and Stevenson, Caroline. 2019. MODUS: Annotated. In: "MODUS: Annotated", Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 19 October 2019 - 26 January 2020.

Hoette, Ruby. 2019. Patternmapping Residency, Bonington Gallery. In: "The Community Live in Nottingham", Bonington Gallery, United Kingdom, 11 - 16 March 2019.

Hoette, Ruby; Stevenson, Caroline and Brauchli, Roland. 2018. MODUS: Open Studio. In: "Dutch Design Week 2018", Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Hoette, Ruby and Stevenson, Caroline. 2018. Conversation Pieces #4. In: "Conversation Pieces", Tenderbooks, London, United Kingdom, 16 - 30 June 2018.

Hoette, Ruby and UNSPECIFIED. 2018. Conversation Piece #1. In: "Omega Workshop: An Experiment in Counter-Fashion", EFA Project Space, NYC, United States, 26 January 2018 – 10 March 2018.

Conference or Workshop Item

Hoette, Ruby. 2017. 'Conversation Pieces #1, #2 and #3'. In: Fashion Research Network Interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition - Friday 8th September 2017. Coventry University - London Campus, United Kingdom 8 September 2017.

Hoette, Ruby and Prime, Sian. 2017. 'Workshop – Unpicking the Fashion System'. In: Moda Desobediente: First international meeting on critical fashion practices. Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chile 13-16 June 2017.

Hoette, Ruby. 2017. 'Conversation Pieces #2 and #3'. In: Everything and Everybody as Material: beyond fashion design methods. Borås, Sweden.

Stevenson, Caroline; Hoette, Ruby; Cronberg, Anja and Reponen, Johannes. 2015. 'What is Critical Fashion Practice'. In: What is Critical Fashion Practice. London College of Fashion, United Kingdom.

Hoette, Ruby. 2015. 'Workshop – Unpicking the Fashion System'. In: Nordes 2015: Design Ecologies. Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Stockholm, Sweden 7 – 10 June 2015.

Hoette, Ruby. 2015. 'col·lec·tion'. In: Research Through Design (RTD) Conference - 21ST CENTURY MAKERS AND MATERIALITIES. Microsoft Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom 25 -27 March 2015.


Hoette, Ruby and Prime, Sian. 2014. Rely on unpaid interns and fashion will fall apart at the seams. The Conversation,

Book Section

Hoette, Ruby. 2017. Unpicking the Fashion System – Practice as Research. In: Kate Fletcher and Ingun Grimstad Klepp, eds. Opening Up the Wardrobe: A Methods Book. Oslo: Novus Press. ISBN 978-82-7099-893-7

Hoette, Ruby. 2016. Conversation Piece #1. In: Femke de Vries, ed. Dictionary Dressings. Eindhoven: Onomatopee, pp. 309-327. ISBN 978-94-91677-60-1


Hoette, Ruby; Stevenson, Caroline and Brauchli, Roland. 2019. MODUS: Online Network.

Edited Book

Hoette, Ruby and Stevenson, Caroline, eds. 2018. MODUS. Eindhoven: Onomatopee. ISBN 9789491677991

Professional Activity

Hoette, Ruby. 2017. Member of External Board: Austrian Center for Fashion Research.

Hoette, Ruby. External Examiner: Swedish School of Textiles - University of Borås.

Hoette, Ruby. External Examiner: ArtEZ University of the Arts.


Hoette, Ruby. 2019 - ongoing Patternmapping.

Hoette, Ruby and Stevenson, Caroline. 2018. MODUS – a platform for expanded fashion practice.

Hoette, Ruby. 2013. Unpicking the Fashion System.