Dr Paula Wren

Senior Lecturer (Design & CAD)

Dr Paula Wren

Senior Lecturer (Design & CAD)

Email: p.wren@mmu.ac.uk

Telephone: 0161 247 3552

Academic and professional qualifications

Having worked in the UK clothing industry for 18 years in the fields of garment design, pattern development and garment technology and fit, I decided to return to academia to pursue a career as a researcher and educator.

Using my knowledge and experience of working with many High Street clothing retailers I now teach fashion communication design, and pattern development to undergraduates and supervise postgraduate research and PhD student projects.

Postgraduate research supervision

PhD supervision commences September 2019

External examiner roles

I am the external examiner for the Masters programmes in Creative Pattern Cutting and Garment Techology for The London College of Fashion.

Projects and initiatives

I have collaborated in 3D bodyscanning projects for Charnos, SpineCor, Shop Direct and ASOS.

I have also facilitated clothing industry training days for Adobe Illustrator.


Exploring the accessibility and public perceptions of clothing retailers online measurement guidance @ The Museum of Science and Industry 21 October 2019.

Prizes and awards

  • MSc Advanced Clothing Product Development
  • PhD

Membership of professional associations

  • Member of the Textile Institute


Research Interests

My current areas of research interest include the study of female gerontology (aged 55+) and its effect on anthropometric landmarking definitions required for body measurement extraction and garment pattern development.

Expert reviewer for journals and publishers

An expert reviewer for the International Journal of Fashion Marketing and Managment.

Conference Papers

Hayes, SG., Gill, S., Spragg, J., Wren, P., 2014. 'Creating visual means to map and communicate sizing practice and theory', The 89th Textile Institute World Conference - Innovation from Fibre to Fashion, Wuhan, China., 2/11/2014 - 6/1/2015.

Hayes, SG., Gill, S., Parker, CJ., Brownbridge, K., Wren, P., Panchenko, A., 2014. 'The True Height of the Waist: Explorations of Automated Body Scanner Waist Definitions of the TC2 Scanner', 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 21/10/2014 - 22/10/2014, in 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, pp. 55-65.

Gill, S., Brownbridge, K., PANCHENKO, A., Hayes, S., Wren, P., 2014. 'Practical Considerations of Applying Body Scanning as a Teaching and Research Tool', 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 21/10/2014 - 22/10/2014, in Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH2014, pp. 259-268.

Wren, P., Gill, S., Apeagyei, P., Hayes, S., 2014. 'Establishing a pre and post-3D Body scanning Survey process for Able-bodied UK Women Aged 55 Years+ to Determine an Appropriate Waist Position for Garment Development', 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 21/10/2014 - 22/10/2014, in doi:10.15221/14.143., pp. 143-154.

Wren, PM., Gill, S., 2010. 'Industry fit practices and the issues that impact on good garment fit', Textile Institute Centenary Conference: Textiles: a Global Vision, Manchester, 3/11/2010 - 4/11/2010, in The Textile Institute World Conference Proceedings: Centenary World Conference, 2010, Vol 3.

Office Location

Room C2.30
Cavendish South
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
Manchester M15 6BG