Senior Lecturer (Fashion Design)
Gayle worked in the Fashion Industry for over 10 years and within the Higher Education sector for the last 12 years. During a varied career in the Fashion Industry, she gained a wealth of experience including; Design, Product Development, Garment Manufacture/Technology, Graphics and Textile and Print Development.
Her main area of expertise is in Design; she has successfully held roles such as Senior Designer and Head of Design, and is well respected throughout the industry. Within which she has worked with many large UK retailers such as Matalan, Mamas & Papas, M&S and Freemans Catalogue.
Gayle has a specialist knowledge of Design and product development and the process from design sketch to critical path and manufacturing planning. Such experience has facilitated her academic practice, enabling her to provide students with a robust understanding of the practicalities involved in delivering the product to the store environment and then understanding how to market apparel visually in order to facilitate greater custom. This has given her the ability to teach across areas such as Design, Business Strategy, Brand/Product Development and Customer Profiling in an engaging and practical manner.
Gayle spent her time in industry visiting factories in Turkey, China, Hong Kong, India, Dubai & Vietnam, and has travelled extensively to the U.S and Europe and the Far East.
Alongside her Senior Lecturer role, Gayle has developed a role as an experienced External Examiner, which spans both the UK BA Fashion Programmes, to overseas BA Fashion Programmes in India and Egypt. She is actively involved in the development of new UK and overseas courses, in which she participates in external validations as a panel member in order to appraise the viability Fashion programmes.
Gayle has research interests in the development of new CAD technologies in Design, seeking to uncover if the use of CAD technology in apparel design, enhances or impedes a designer’s creativity and how this could affect manufacturing and product development process.
Fenny, GI., 2014. 'The Creative Process : The impact of new technology on the design process', In Transitions : Rethinking Textiles & Surfaces, Huddersfield University, 26/9/2014 - 27/9/2014.
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester M15 6BG