Prof. Frankie NG
Dr Frankie Ng graduated with Distinction in Higher Diploma in Design from the former Swire School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic (now School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University). He went on to study a two-year Master of Design programme at the world-renowned Royal College of Art, London – the only wholly postgraduate university in art & design in the world. He is the first Hong Kong fashion student ever admitted by the RCA directly from Hong Kong. In 2000, he completed his doctoral research in fashion design from the Royal College of Art, London, and is the first person in the world to have earned a practice-led PhD in fashion design as well as the first in the history of the Royal College since 1837. He is also the first ITC design staff to complete a doctoral degree and in a short period of 2 years full-time equivalent. In addition, Dr Ng holds an Executive MBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, whose programme was ranked the top EMBA programme in Asia by Financial Times over the past nine consecutive years and the world top-ten EMBA programme in 2011.
Dr Ng held various design posts in the design industry between 1981 and 1990, practising across fashion, textile, graphic and image designs. He joined the former Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1990. Currently, his duties as Associate Professor in Fashion & Textile Design involve design tuition for BA, MA, MBA as well as supervision of PhD students. He led the design specialism in ITC and was a member of ITC's Advisory Committee and the Departmental Management Committee. Dr Ng is the former representative in the Departmental Research Committee representing the design area. He was the Chair of the Design Subject Committee and the Deputy Scheme Leader of the full-time UGC funded BA (Hons) Scheme in Fashion & Textiles, when he spade-headed the programme to the most preferred BA programme among the 1st choice JUPAS applicants in both 2005/06 and 2006/07. The BA(Hons) Scheme fails to reach such peak ever since his retirement from these posts in 2007. In addition, Dr Ng was also the Chairman of the Fashion & Textiles Resource Centre and Head of Management of ITC's Fashion Design Studio. Concurrently, Dr Ng serves as invited Adjunct Professor and invited Guest Professor of Fashion Design of a number of universities in mainland China. He is the Design Subject Specialist of Hong Kong Council of Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ), former External Academic Adviser of SPACE, University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Design Advisor to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
Dr Ng is a member of various professional associations. He is Fellow and Past Hong Kong Region Chairman and Adviser of the Chartered Society of Designers, UK; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK; Chartered Member of the Textile Institute, UK; Member of the Clothing and Footwear Institute, UK; Member of the International Textile and Apparel Association, US; Founding Executive Committee Member and Hon. Secretary of the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel; Founding Member of the Hong Kong Society in Arts; Honorary Secretary and Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Designers Association. In 1999, he founded the Chinese RCAlumni Association that gathers the ethnic Chinese graduates from the Royal College of Art, London since the early 70s, and is the Founding Chairman of the Association. In addition, Dr Ng has received invitations for numerous honours and design awards across fashion, textile, graphics and interiors. Dr Ng has been invited as adjudicator and Guest of Honour in various international design competitions and events, and has been assessor of design professional memberships including that of Chartered Society of Designers and Hong Kong Designers Association. He also helped Draft the Code of Professional Conduct for the Hong Kong Designers Association. Dr Ng is particularly active in consultancy projects across fashion, textile, graphic and image designs. Examples include textile print design for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), nursing uniforms design for Hospital Authority of Hong Kong (HKHA), image training for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). In 1993, he was appointed a United Nations Fashion Consultant subsequent to a worldwide recruitment. Currently, Dr Ng practises fashion, graphics, interiors, product and textiles and have won design awards in all these areas, for example, the award-winning ITC Fashion Design Studio and the new staff offices on 7/F ST wing he designed.
Dr Ng has published hunDreds of papers in academic journals, trade journals and conference proceedings and won tens of design and research awards. His works are seen in various exhibitions and publications, and housed in various art and design libraries and museums. He served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Textile and Clothing Research Journal, US, and invited referees for international journals and conference papers. He is the first ITC design staff successful in the highly competitive General Research Fund competed among the 8 universities in Hong Kong. His research interests include deployment of technology towards innovative ends (e.g., seamless fashion, interactive fashion, digital Jacquard textiles, innovative printed and woven textiles, virtual reality, etc.); design theories; visual literacy and design semiotics; design psychology; inter-relationships between fashion and textiles; image consultancy (e.g., grooming, image styling, etc.); graphic design (e.g., publications, logo and letterhead, fashion graphics, etc.); and uniform designs.
Dr Ng is listed in professional directories including “The International Who’s Who of Professionals”, “Contemporary Who’s Who”, Who’s Who of Chinese Experts”, “International Association of Business Leaders”, “China Qualified Personnel Congratulatory Message for Century”, etc. Dr Ng was nominated one of the eight most influential persons in fashion in Hong Kong.
Dr Ng's interests include architecture and interiors, cars, contemporary art, movie, music and sports. In soccer in particular, Dr Ng won two times the Golden Boot Awards of the PolyU President’s Inter-department Soccer Competition and three times champions in the inter-universities soccer tournament.