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Biography

Sam Hudson-Miles was appointed as Senior Lecturer (Course Leader) for the BA (Hons) Fashion Design suite in September 2019. The suite comprises Fashion Design with Textiles, Fashion Design with Marketing, and Fashion Design with Digital Technology.

Following an MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in 1994, Sam set up a niche garment manufacture facility for ‘small-run’ production. Following this, she went on to launch her eponymous womenswear label, prior to embarking upon a teaching career in 2000. Her most recent post was held at Leeds Arts University, whereby, during a six-year period, Sam led the development of a fashion design curriculum whose central ethos focussed on considered practice, and which resulted in the course achieving award-winning status. Sam left her post at LAU having raised the kudos of the course and having improved KPI targets significantly.

Now, bringing almost twenty years of Course Leadership experience to the University of Huddersfield, Sam is looking forward to enhancing and forwarding the Fashion Design suite teaching and learning experience, and commencing her PhD in September 2020.

Research Expertise and Interests

Sam’s research interests lie, largely, within sustainable fashion design practice from the first point of the supply chain, to the ‘usership’ of clothing by the consumer. Her PhD research aims to contribute to post-growth fashion attitudes to fashion consumption, through a practice of shopping that is, in microcosm, a model of a multi-dimensional society and enriched human, de-alienated relations. Its aim is to encompass sustainability through investigation into the environment, human geography, circularity and the re-humanising of society through conscious fashion consumption and use.

Sam is a member of Re-Dress, an environmental non-profit organisation working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. She is also a member of Fashion Revolution, the global movement for positive change in creating a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.

Sam has written for independent publications on the subject of fashion design pedagogies and participated as a regular ‘fashion expert’ on Channel 5’s ‘Shop Smart, Save Money’. She has recently had a paper titled, ‘Re-wiring Practice: A Conscious Pedagogy’,  

published through the Association of Fashion & Textiles for their 2019 ‘Futurescan4: Valuing Practice’ conference. Sam is also scheduled to present at the University of Huddersfield’s ‘Sustainable Apparel & Textiles’ (SAT) Symposium in September 2020.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • fashion
  • fashion design
  • fashion industry
  • fashion education
  • fashion enterprise
  • sustainable fashion
  • garment production
  • fashion consumption
  • fashion research

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