Emma Grain

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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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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