Nicola is a senior lecturer working as a year tutor for level 4 and teaching across all levels on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme. Prior to this Nicola taught as a part time lecturer across all levels focussing on the Fashion Concepts and Communication Strand. Her current role involves pastoral care for level 4 students supporting them in their first year of study. She is currently working on a new collaborative project between level 4 fashion and textile students, with a proposed end of year fashion show/exhibition event. Her areas of specialism are fashion communication and promotion, conceptual design processes, design development, and student portfolio development.
Her current research interests are working as part of a collaborative research project within the fashion department involving an exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery in February 2014. This will feature students work to engage the public and offer a sense of connection to the process of craft involved in making a garment/fashion product. The intention is to record responses to the exhibition in various forms to then aid further research to evolve in 2014/15. She is also interested in the developing area of 3D modelling within fashion and how this would enable students to create innovative fashion products within their programme of study.
She is currently in discussions with Leeds Beckett University regarding undertaking their MA Artist teachers course in the next academic year.
As part of her current fashion practice she is involved in sourcing and buying fashion collections from a range of internationally respected designers and brands for an independent womenswear fashion retailer. Previously she worked as a freelance stylist in London for 15 years, working for respected publications as a regular contributor to the fashion pages of Sunday Times ‘Style’, The Evening Standard & ES magazine, Times newspaper, Guardian newspaper, GQ and US Vogue. Alongside her editorial work she also undertook various styling projects for fashion brands, record companies and advertising agencies. Career highlights include working as a sittings editor/stylist for US VOGUE with photographer David Bailey, reporting on a variety of up & coming designers, music artists, actors and celebrity figures. Her work has also been exhibited in the Royal Portrait Gallery where she worked with respected portrait photographer Lorenzo Agius. Prior to working as a stylist, following her studies, she gained valuable experience working within the fast paced fashion PR environment. Here she was involved in the launch and opening of the UK flagship Versace store on Old Bond Street, London. Her valuable varied experience within the fashion industry enables her to ensure her teaching is relevant for the industry which enhances the student learning experience.