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Debbie trained in fashion design and predominantly focuses on technical garment construction. She joined the school of Art Design and Architecture as a lecturer in fashion 2012 and currently teaches on the sample development and textiles for fashion modules; which involve pattern cutting and garment construction and fabric embellishment and manipulation. Debbie graduated from The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 2005 with a degree in Fashion Design, and also completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education gained from Nottingham Trent University in 2009. She is currently working towards the completion of an MRes qualification (2015).
Before lecturing at the University of Huddersfield, Debbie was a technical demonstrator in fashion 2009-2012. Her demonstration focused on garment construction, tailoring, textiles manipulation and embellishment techniques including computerised embroidery across the Fashion Design courses. Prior to her employment at the University of Huddersfield, Debbie lectured at West Nottinghamshire FE College between 2007-2009. She taught on the Fashion and Textiles and Visual Communication units, including teaching pattern cutting and garment construction, textiles, life-drawing and visual studies on several BTEC National Diploma Courses. She also worked as a technician demonstrating in all areas of fashion and textiles at West Nottinghamshire College between 2006-2009, whilst studying for her teaching qualification.
Debbie has also worked for a number of years at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a wardrobe assistant and maker; and as a costume assistant for the Birmingham based company, Costumia from 2004-2006. Enthusiasm for practical garment making inspired through fashion and costume influenced Debbie’s ambition to create womenswear garments and accessories, pursing successful, independent work in designing and manufacturing clothing and bags for a boutique based in Nottinghamshire during 2006-2009.
Debbie’s research interests are predominantly based around the practical elements of fashion; particularly garment construction and fabric manipulation.
As an early stage researcher, Debbie’s current research is pedagogically focused around the modules in which she teaches, recognising and exploring issues linked to the teaching and learning of practical skills. Her current MRes research (2013-2015) investigates the significance of sewing and construction skills within fashion education. This research is interested in the connections between experimentation with manufacturing techniques, linked to design conclusions, focusing on the significance of manual skill and teaching methods to gain understanding of the links between dexterity, manufacturing and design outcomes. Within this research she is investigating a recognised skills gap between design knowledge and technical skill.
Enthusiasm for the practical skills involved in garment construction and fabric manipulation through this research will enable Debbie to develop contextual interests for her practice-based PhD.
Allsop, D. and Cassidy, T. (2017) ‘The development of a resource tool for the revitalisation and enhancement of sewing skills and expertise’. In: 2017 Global Fashion Management Conference, July 6-9, 2017, Vienna
Allsop, D (2010) Jacket Design [Artefact]