Senior Lecturer (Fashion Technology)
Academic and professional qualifications
Having previously 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.
I am a clothing practitioner and educator with 33 years experience.
I teach and supervise students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Technology Programme.
I supervise dissertations for the following programmes:
MSc - Fashion Buying and Merchandising Management
MSc - International Fashion Business Management
MSc - International Fashion Marketing
MSc - Luxury Fashion Management
Postgraduate research supervision
I am a PhD supervisor at MMU. My current international student will complete by 2024.
I am also a PhD external examiner. I have been lead examiner in a Viva setting and have provided feedback and detailed written thesis amendment requirments for PhD candidates.
I welcome both national and international PhD candidate applications and will provide support and guidance in both your PhD journey and subsequent publications.
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.
I have also wrote research Rise projects.
Exploring the accessibility and public perceptions of clothing retailers online measurement guidance @ The Museum of Science and Industry 21 October 2019.
Pattern cutting, garment consturuction, garment fit analysis and amendment, anthropometric practice, size chart development and analysis, manual grading, technical drawing and CAD.
Prizes and awards
- MSc Advanced Clothing Product Development with distinction
Membership of professional associations
- Member of the Textile Institute
My 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. Anthropometric measurement techniques both manual and non contact, used by both clothing practitioners and fashion retailers. Garment pattern development using direct measurements and assessing garment fit. I have published work around these areas.
I have collaborated and published with colleagues from University of Manchester within the Department of Psychology and School of Materials and with colleagues from Keele University's School of Psychology.
I am keen to work with academics from others disciplines whose interests involve digital fashion and fit and how fashion impacts of ones image of self.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
An expert reviewer for the International Journal of Fashion Marketing and Managment.
Grogan, S., Gill, S., Brownbridge, K., McChesney, G., Wren, P., Cole, J., Darby, J., Jones, C., Armitage, CJ., 2021. 'Body Mass Index and Body Satisfaction: Does Availability of Well-Fitting Clothes Matter?', Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 39 (4), pp. 251-263.
Gill, S., Wren, P., Hayes, S., Brownbridge, K., 2014. 'Practical Considerations of Applying Body Scanning as a Teaching and Research Tool', the 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, October 2014, Lugano, Switzerland.
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., Hayes, S., Apeagyei, P., 2014. 'Establishing a Pre and Post-3D Bodyscanning 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, 21-22 October 2014, Lugano, Switzerland, 21/10/2014 - 22/10/2014, in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 21-22 October 2014, pp. 143-154.
Gill, S., Parker, CJ., Hayes, S., 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, 21-22 October 2014, Lugano, Switzerland, 21/10/2014 - 22/10/2014, in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 21-22 October 2014, pp. 55-65.
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.
Manchester Fashion Institute
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester M15 6BG