Specialist Subject Areas

Printed Textile Design for Fashion
British Fashion of the 1970s – Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell
Fashion Photography 1968 – 1977
Currently: Japanese Textiles in the late 20th century


2012 CPRS, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University
2010 HEA Fellow
2006 – 2008 MA Design, School of Art, Media and Design, University of Wales, Newport.
1986-1987 Postgraduate Diploma in the History of Art, Institute of Contextual Studies,
Birmingham School of Art. Research: Tight Lacing and the Maternal body in Neoclassical Dress (1750 – 1815)
1983-1986 BA (HONS) Printed and Woven Textiles
Dissertation: The Pre Raphaelite Women.
Winchester School of Art and London College of Fashion
1982-1983 Foundation Art Diploma, Trowbridge College.


After training in Textiles/Fashion design and then in Art history, Sally worked in the creative industries , first of all for the Japanese designer Issey Miyake, and subsequently for the bespoke interiors designer Nigel Atkinson. Following an internship at the ICA (Visual Arts Department) Sally worked at the Tate Liverpool in Education and, for the last 13 years in Art and Design education, as a Lecturer in F.E and H.E.

Sally lectures on BA Textiles Design and MA Design (Death Studies) looking at Post war Japanese Fashion and bereavement narratives. Sally is also currently conducting Postgraduate research at Bath Spa University, with subject specialists in the History of 20th Century Fashion and Fashion Photography, looking at ‘Glam’ Fashion in the UK.

Current research

I have been giving conference papers and have recently been awarded a research grant to look at the work of Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark within the context of ‘Swinging London’, in the archives of the V&A and the Bath Study Archive (by the Society of Antiquaries in London). Through this work I have been able to make links to other periods of British design history, and contextualize it with previous projects (through the ‘C.A.T’ Centre). Ultimately, Design education and its creative capital have the potential to create life chances and re-generate communities – I have witnessed this at close quarters in both Glasgow and Liverpool. In terms of our design heritage, our sense of identity and our economy, Art and design education continues to make a huge contribution to life in Britain.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

November 2016, Conference Speaker, Costume Colloquium V: Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress.

Feb 2013 ‘Cutting For Freedom: Ossie Clark And His Collaboration With Radley: An Analysis Of The Pattern-Cutting And Manufacturing Techniques Used By The Designer Ossie Clark, In His Collaboration With The Clothing Manufacturers, Radleys. 1968 – 1977’, 1st International Symposium for Creative Pattern Cutting, Huddersfield University

March 2012 ‘Cutting for freedom – The collaboration between Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark In Textiles and Fashion from the 1970s’, 2nd WIRAD Symposium for Emerging Art & Design Researchers, Wales Millennium Centre

Dec 2010 ‘Dear Bomb’: Research seminar: Japanese Designers and Bereavement Studies, CDAS, Bath University.

July 2010 ‘Re-assessing the Seventies’: Conference paper ‘Cutting for Freedom’, Modern History department, Senate House, University of London.

2008- Onwards: Ghosts in Armour: RiverFront /Touring Show Documenting the Story of White Heads Steelworks, Newport.

September 2008- Onwards: 4 Passions: Textile Exhibition in Montreal and Ontario Museums’ of Textiles.

January 2008: MADE : MA Design Show. River Front Galleries, Newport.

July 2006 – Currently La Recontre: Collaborative Exhibition with MaP and Diagonale, Craft in the Bay.

September 2007: Power Drawing Exhibition, Bath Academy.

November 2005: Trace Drawing: Caylus, France

‘International Business Wales’ (2008)

Wales Arts International (2006)

‘Real Sheepskin Association’ (2005-2008)


2015 Society of Antiquaries of London Award: The work of ‘Glam’ Fashion designer, Antony Price.

2015, Society of Antiquaries of London Award: Studying the Antony Price collection at Platt Hall, Manchester Art Galleries

April 2011: Janet Arnold Award

April 2009: Janet Arnold Award

1986 Kemball Cooke Prize for Research, Winchester School of Art

Enterprise Projects and/or Industrial links

Strategic Implementation Placement – Coalport China Museum and the –Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust Archive – Currently and on going

Research Project planned with Ceramics Department, NMW (on the Glamorgan Pottery Collection)

Freelance design work for Nigel Atkinson, ‘Contemporanea’

Design consultant for Tomato/Traffik Design Studio, L.A. On-going