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I Joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2015 as a Fashion Design Lecturer teaching on the Fashion Design with Textiles course.

In September 2013 I took my first Lecturer role at Hollings MMU within the Apparel department, teaching Ba (Hons) Fashion Design & Technology -Menswear and teaching product development on the BA (Hons) Fashion Buying & Merchandising course. Using my up-to-date industry experience to feed my teaching, I believe using real life examples from my previous or current design roles helps to inform the students and their work effectively.

Since graduating I have worked as a Menswear designer for a number of brands and retailers and have alsol designed on a freelance basis. I have worked for brands, Henleys, Savant, Original Trash,  Cryuff, Creative Recreation, working on ranges for retailers both big and small. I have worked for retailers Republic, Matalan, Footasylum and Joe Browns as a Menswear designer on key ranges, working on multi product on ranges of over 150 pieces per season. Interviewed by Drapers Record about “turning the Lee Cooper” range around was a highlight. During my time at Republic I had significant involvement in online styling on the email promotion and gained greater knowledge in knitwear and shirting whilst working with Hong Kong factories closely

I also launched own brands at Footasylum and worked on 5 in total whilst designing across all categories there, from denim to knitwear and jersey. Travelling extensively during this role, working on product development within the small Manchester based team. Most successfully was the brand Condemned Nation which had billboard campaigns nation wide promoting its launch. Everything from the photo shoot to visual merchandising in store and windows was styled by me. This featured in articles and adds in GQ magazine , Loaded and Drapers record.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • 3D Printing in fashion
  • Wearable Technology
  • Closed Loop Textile recycling

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Research Output 2017 2018

  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Conference article
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

A Design Driven Approach to 3D Printing Textiles from Recycled Polyester

Grain, E., 1 Jan 2018, In : Making futures. 5, 1, 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Textile printing
Sustainable development

An Analysis of 3D Printed Textile Structures

Grain, E., 11 Sep 2018, Textiles, Identity and Innovation: Proceedings of the 1st International Textile Design Conference (D-TEX 2017). Montanga, G. & Carvalho, C. (eds.). 1 ed. Leiden: Taylor & Francis, Vol. 1. p. 41- 49 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A Closed Loop Model for 3D Printing Fashion

Grain, E., 1 Nov 2017, Circular Transitions: Proceedings: A Mistra Future Fashion Conference on Textile Design and the Circular Economy. Earley, R. & Goldsworthy, K. (eds.). University of the Arts London, p. 169-183 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Polyethylene terephthalates
Sustainable development

Design and Development of 3D Printed Textile Structures.

Grain, E. & Unver, E., 5 Jul 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
3D printers
Rapid prototyping
Product design

Activities 2015 2017

  • 4 Oral presentation

An Analysis of 3D Printed Textile Structures

Emma Grain (Speaker)
4 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

3D Printed Fashion: A Dual Approach

Emma Grain (Speaker), Ertu Unver (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
5 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

3D Printing Fashion With Recycled Polyester: A Sustainable Journey

Emma Grain (Speaker)
23 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

3D Printing: Virtual Draping the New Moulage

Emma Grain (Speaker)
24 Feb 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Press / Media

The life of Emma Grain - Yorkshire businesswoman

Emma Grain


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment