Ali Khan

Assistant Professor

Contact

+974 4402 0649
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Specialization

Luxury Fashion, Menswear, Fashion Academics

Education

  • Royal College of Art, London, UK PhD – Fashion Menswear and its links with pop culture in defining Contemporary Macho, 2011-Present.
  • Certificate in Luxury StrategiesHEC, Paris, France, 2011.
  • MFA in Fashion Merchandising, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA, 2008.                 
  • BFA in Fashion design,  Academy of Art College, San Francisco CA, 1998.

Biography

Ali Khan is a Doha based Luxury and Menswear specialist with a diversified experience that includes, design, forecasting, merchandising, retail and academics and uniquely encompasses the five continents. His academic affiliations include such prestigious schools as HEC Paris, and the Royal College of Art London, where he is currently working on his PhD on contemporary masculinity.

His award winning works have been showcased consistently in New York and London and are part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Art in Nelson, New Zealand. He is regularly invited for talks and to present research at Design Conferences around the world.

He is an assistant professor of fashion design at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and a regular contributor to cutting-edge London based fashion magazine ‘Petrie 66’.

For further info: www.alikhan.biz

Research Interests

  • Future of Menswear and Global Fashion – Aesthetics, Presentation & Retail
  • Development of Luxury Fashion Brands in the Asian Region
  • Links between Fashion, Film and Global Pop Culture to define Masculinity

Presentations

  • “Sports or (just) Fanatics: The Obsessions that Define the Male Arab Youth Today”. International Pop Culture Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2015
  • “Beyond the Mat: Deciphering Eroticism in the Aesthetics of Professional Wrestling”. The Erotic Cloth: Seduction and Fetishism – A colloquium. Art Worker’s Guild, London. March 2015
  • Sufis, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll – International Pop Culture Conference, Warsaw, Poland, July 2013
  • Defining Luxury in a Changing Global Context – VCU Richmond, February 2012
  • How do the aesthetics of masculinity compare in contemporary international cinema? And its links and influences on contemporary menswear - Pop Culture/US Culture Association – International Conference, Costa Rica, 2011

Publications

  • “Sufis, Drugs and Rock ‘N Roll” A collection of Film, photography and Writing. Petrie Inventory, London, March 2015. www.petrieinventory.com
  • “Defining Luxury in a Changing Global Environment”. VCU Richmond. February 2012
  • “How do the aesthetics of masculinity compare in contemporary international cinema? And its links and influences on contemporary menswear.” Pop Culture/American Culture Association International Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica July 2011.
  • “Undressing the Action Hero: The Role of Fashion and Style in Making the ‘Macho Stars’ of International Cinema” – Pop Culture/US Culture Association – National Conference, St. Louis, USA, April 2010
  • “Hollywood to Bollywood: Fashion Interpretation” – Extra Ordinary Dress Code Symposium, Hong Kong, 2009
  • “Aesthetics That Defy Gravity: The Unique and Wonderful Fashions of Pashto Cinema” – Pop Culture/US Culture Association – International Conference, Turku, Finland, 2009
  • “Bollywoodization of American Pop Culture” – Pop Culture/US Culture Association – National Conference, New Orleans, USA, 2009
  •  ‘Entrepreneurship development in Fashion’ – SMEDA [Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development Authority] Seminar – Guest Speaker March 2002

Exhibitions

  • World of Wearable Art, Wellington, NZ. September 2015
  • Fiesta of Color, Nelson, NZ. November ’14 – May ‘15
  • Re-Searching, London, January 2015
  • World of Wearable Art, Wellington, NZ. September 2014
  • Strange Wonders, Doha, April 2014
  • So Far, So Good, London January 2014
  • WIP Annual Show. London, January 2013
  • Disruption. London, January 2013
  • WIP Annual Show. London, January 2012

Honors

  • WOW, New Zealand –      Soldier of Fortune, short-listed for awards show, Sept 2015

                                                 Bling Warrior1st Prize for First Time Entrant Award, Sept 2014

                                                 Bling Warrior, 3rd Prize for American Express Open Section Award, Sept 2014

                                                 Skulls of Bondage, short-listed for awards show, Sept 2014

  • NEW YORK FASHION WEEK  Sept ’08 – selected to display a Menswear collection
  • MISSONI knitwear project –  designed & developed a knitwear concept collection for Missoni, Spring ’98
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, SF – garments displayed in the windows of the Union Street Store, May ‘98