Acting Director of Manchester Fashion Institute
Academic and professional qualifications
I have a broad academic background both in the UK and overseas. I graduated from Kingston University, London, with a Degree in Fashion and am presently the Associate Head of Department of Apparel.
I have previously shown Fashion collections in London, Paris and Japan, both as an independent designer and retailer as well as part of a design team . Whilst based in Beijing, I was involved in designing garments for international companies such as the Hilton Hotel, Audi, Lenovo and Sofitel. I was also a regular Judge at China International Fashion week, for the China Fashion Association, and has produced and written articles for newspapers and magazines such as China Textiles, China Apparel and China Fashion Weekly.
I am interested in the relationship between Fashion, Art, culture and society and his research investigates cultural identity and the narratives around clothing through curation and making.
I have previously curated exhibitions and presented papers on 20th Century Chinese Fashion as well as producing installation pieces at international exhibitions and conferences.
I have worked previously as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion at the University of East London and the University of Derby and from 2002 to 2010 was the Academic Director/Head of Fashion for an International Design Institute in Beijing, China. I returned to the UK as Head of School of Design at the Arts University Bournemouth before joining MMU in 2014.
Bednall, AL., 2015. Stories without Stories, IFFTI Florence, 11/5/2015.
Bednall, AL., 2012. History Space Place, Chinese Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, 28/9/2012.
Bednall, AL., 2012. Fashion Revolution China: Exhibition of Chinese 20th Century Fashion, Summerhall Gallery, Edinburgh, 15/8/2012.
Bednall, AL., 2012. Fashion revolution China, The Gallery, 12/1/2012.
Bednall, AL., 2010. Upcycling, International Fashion Art Exhibition Beijing, China, 18/3/2010.
Bednall, A., 2019. 'Re-Make, Re-Model, Re-Define: Fashioning a Nations Identity'. In Grayer Moore, J. (eds.) Patternmaking History and Theory, Bloomsbury.
Bednall, A., 2019. 'Clothing Frugality and the Narrative of the Ordinary 1960-1976'. In Styling Shanghai; Chinas Fashion City, Bloomsbury.
Muhammad Sayem, AS., Bednall, A., 2017. 'A Novel Approach to Fit Analysis of Virtual Fashion Clothing', 19th edition of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes conference (iffti 2017), IFFTI 2017, The Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), Amsterdam, 29/3/2017 - 30/3/2017, in Proceedings of the IFFTI Conference 2017: Breaking The Fashion Rules.
Rogers, D-A., Brander-Brown, J., Bednall, A., 2016. '“Empowering Student experience”: Investigating the learning landscape in Higher Education Key Words: Empowerment, Learning Landscape, student experience', International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development, Zagreb, 9/12/2016 - 10/12/2016.
Bednall, AL., 2016. 'Not All Socialists Dress the Same', Costume Society Study Day, London College of Fashion,, 15/10/2016 - 15/10/2016.
Bednall, AL., 2016. 'RE-Make, RE-Model, RE-Define; Fashioning A Nations Identity.', Costume Society Conference and Study Day - Fashion and Democracy?, LCF London, 15/10/2016 - 15/10/2016.
Bednall, AL., 2016. 'Re-Make, Re-Model, Re-Define, Fashioning a Nations identity', The Costume Society Conference, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, 8/7/2016 - 10/7/2016.
Bednall, AL., 2016. 'Sight Site Cite', IFFTI 2016, BIFT Beijing, 22/3/2016 - 25/3/2016.
Bednall, AL., 2015. 'Fashion Revolution China: Embedded Narratives and Social Identities in Clothing.', 84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, University of london, 2/7/2015 - 3/7/2015.
Bednall, AL., Hall, T., 2015. 'Stories without Stories', IFFTI Florence 2015, Florence, 10/5/2015 - 16/5/2015.
Bednall, AL., 2013. 'Fashion Revolution China', 5th Global Conference: Fashion , Exploring Critical Issues, Mansfield College, Oxford, 9/9/2013 - 12/9/2013.
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester M15 6BG