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.

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.