John Earnshaw

Senior Lecturer (FDT Pathway Leader - Womenswear)

John Earnshaw

Senior Lecturer (FDT Pathway Leader - Womenswear)


Telephone: 0161 247 2633

I am the Pathway Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology: Womenswear at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Academic and professional qualifications

I am a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I am a practicing designer based in Manchester, a place which has proved to constantly inspire my work and thought process. My work features a sustainable and artisanal approach to textile processes, with a focus on experimental textile manipulation, printing techniques and embellishments. My work has been exhibited internationally in Tokyo, Beijing, Sao Paulo, London and Manchester.

My approach to image making through documentary photography and collage explores themes of identity, narrative and memory.

My role at the Manchester Fashion Institute includes the fashion curation of editorial shoots, exhibitions, fashion shows and other outward facing events.

Previous Employment

I graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion at Manchester School of Art and continued my studies on the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, London.

Prior to undertaking my current role I have worked in higher education teaching fashion design as an associate lecturer at Manchester Met and The University of Salford.

In 2014 I delivered a design project in China to final year students at Zhongyuan University of Technology.

Undergraduate teaching

See below for more information about BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology: Womenswear


  • Fashion Is A Force For Good / The University of Manchester / 2016
  • IFFTI Conference 2016 / Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology / Beijing / 2016
  • Portrait Salon 15 / The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery / Tokyo / 2016
  • Ancoats Series / Rudy’s / Manchester / 2015-2016
  • Portrait Salon 15 / Embassy Tea Gallery / London / 2015
  • Melissa x John Earnshaw SS 2015 / Sao Paulo Fashion Week / Brazil / 2014
  • John Earnshaw Collection No.2 Installation / Manchester / 2013
  • Manchester Fitters Exhibition / Manchester Craft & Design Centre / 2011-2012

Practioner roles

For spring/summer 2015 I collaborated with Brazilian shoe company Melissa, designing a collection that was showcased at Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

Media appearances or involvement

My work has been featured in many publications such as The Business of Fashion, POP and Rollacoaster magazine.




Research Interests

  • Fashion curation and image making.
  • Experimental and sustainable approaches to fashion textiles.

Academic collaborations

In 2016 I collaborated with colleague Jasper Chadprajong, creating a sustainable unisex collection made from discarded textiles. This collection was showcased at the IFFTI conference 2016 in Beijing.


Jenkinson, J., Earnshaw, J., Gwatkin, A., 2019. Portrait Youth: Wearing Identity, IFFTI Conference. Fashion: ID. Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Art Gallery., 30/3/2019 - 7/7/2019.

Jenkinson, J., Earnshaw, J., Hitchen, Z., 2018. Portrait Youth X Fashion:ID - Youth Transforming, Bunka Fashion College, Japan., 17/5/2018.

Jenkinson, J., Earnshaw, J., Hitchen, Z., 2017. Portrait Youth, Central Library, Manchester, 7/10/2017 - 30/11/2017.

Hitchen, Z., Earnshaw, J., 2016. Crafting, Grosvenor Gallery, 15/11/2016.

Earnshaw, J., Cardwell, E., Hitchen, Z., 2016. Fashion on the Ration - 1940's Street Style, Imperial War Museum North, 26/5/2016.

Earnshaw, JJ., Chadprajong-Smith, JS., 2016. Future Heirlooms, IFFTI Conference at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, 24/3/2016 - 24/3/2016.

Earnshaw, J., 2016. Portrait Salon 15, Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo, 13/2/2016 - 28/2/2016.

Earnshaw, J., 2015. Portrait Salon 15, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 18/11/2015 - 22/11/2015.

Earnshaw, J., 2014. Melissa x John Earnshaw SS 2015, Sao Paulo Fashion Week, Brazil, 4/4/2014 - 4/4/2016.

Conference Papers

Mechan, J., Housley, G., Keefe, E., Earnshaw, J., 2016. 'Defining a Theoretical Model: The Application of 3D Printing as a Disruptive Technology, Explored Through the Analysis of the Process of Creative Garment Development', Creative Cut Conference 2016, University of Huddersfield, 24/2/2016 - 25/2/2016.

Office Location

Room C2.29
Cavendish Building