Previously the Founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, a cross disciplinary University in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Parsons the New School, Sass Brown completed her PhD in January 2021 on Global Artisanship and Models of Sustainable Development. Prior to joining DIDI, Sass was the Interim Dean for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Art and Design in New York, where she oversaw the management of 17 design departments. She is a graduate of FIT’s Global Fashion Management Master’s program and holds her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design.
As a researcher, writer and educator, Brown’s area of expertise is ethical fashion in all its forms from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycling, reuse, alternative business models and ethical practices. She has published papers and spoken around the world on the topic of sustainable fashion, has served as a sustainable design advisor to women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGO’s and small and medium sized enterprises around the world. She was an advisor to Sustainia100, the Danish sustainable solutions guide, and an Associate Design Researcher on the MISTRA Future Fashion educational consortium that advises integration of sustainable practices into the mainstream fashion industry, through the open-source platform the Textile Toolbox. Her publications include the books Eco Fashion and ReFashioned for British publishers Laurence King, also published in Italian as well as Spanish and distributed in the US.