Portrait of  Emma Grain Emma Grain

e.e.grain@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473743


I Joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2015 as a Fashion Design Lecturer teaching on the Fashion Design with Textiles course.

In September 2013 I took my first Lecturer role at Hollings MMU within the Apparel department, teaching Ba (Hons) Fashion Design & Technology -Menswear and teaching product development on the BA (Hons) Fashion Buying & Merchandising course. Using my up-to-date industry experience to feed my teaching, I believe using real life examples from my previous or current design roles helps to inform the students and their work effectively.

Since graduating I have worked as a Menswear designer for a number of brands and retailers and have alsol designed on a freelance basis. I have worked for brands, Henleys, Savant, Original Trash,  Cryuff, Creative Recreation, working on ranges for retailers both big and small. I have worked for retailers Republic, Matalan, Footasylum and Joe Browns as a Menswear designer on key ranges, working on multi product on ranges of over 150 pieces per season. Interviewed by Drapers Record about “turning the Lee Cooper” range around was a highlight. During my time at Republic I had significant involvement in online styling on the email promotion and gained greater knowledge in knitwear and shirting whilst working with Hong Kong factories closely

I also launched own brands at Footasylum and worked on 5 in total whilst designing across all categories there, from denim to knitwear and jersey. Travelling extensively during this role, working on product development within the small Manchester based team. Most successfully was the brand Condemned Nation which had billboard campaigns nation wide promoting its launch. Everything from the photo shoot to visual merchandising in store and windows was styled by me. This featured in articles and adds in GQ magazine , Loaded and Drapers record.

Research and Scholarship

I am Currently in my second year of a MA by Research entitled : Closed Loop 3D printing for Menswear. This is both practical and written and I have enjoyed exploring one area in great detail. I hope to take this further into PHD in the future.

I have had 2 papers accepted on this subject and am presenting them this year:


University of Huddersfield, The Creative Cut Conference: 3D PRINTING: VIRTUAL DRAPING THE NEW MOULAGE

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Grain, E (2017) ‘A Closed Loop Model for 3D Printing FashionCircular Transitions: Proceedings. A Mistra Future Fashion Conference on Textile Design and the Circular Economy , pp. 169-183.

Grain, E. and Unver, E. (2017) ‘A Design Driven Approach to 3D Printing Textiles from Recycled Polyester’. In: Making Futures, 21-22 Sep 2017, Plymouth College of Art

Grain, E (2017) ‘An Analysis of 3D Printed Textile Structures’. In: Textiles, Identity and Innovation: 1st International Textile Design Conference (D_TEX 2017), 4th-7th November 2017, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Grain, E. and Unver, E.(2017) Design and Development of 3D Printed Textile Structures [Show/Exhibition]


Grain, E. and Unver, E. (2016) ‘3D Printed Fashion: A Dual Approach’. In: Interdisciplinary Conference, 5th - 7th September 2016, Oxford University


Grain, E (2015) ‘3D Printing Fashion With Recycled Polyester: A Sustainable Journey’. In: IFFTI - BIFT 2016 International Conference, 18th February 2016, Beijing BIFT

Grain, E (2015) ‘3d Printing: Virtual draping the new moulage’. In: Creative Cut, 24th - 25th February 2016, University of Huddersfield, UK

Research Degree Supervision

I don’t currently supervise any student within their research degree but I am interested in the following subjects:  3D Printing in fashion, Wearable Technology, Closed Loop Textile recycling.

Administrative Responsibilities

Placement Tutor

Admissions Tutor

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am currently teaching Fashion Design and Textiles across all years at the University of Huddersfield across several modules. I am also acting Placement Tutor using my experience from industry to help the 2nd year students with portfolios for interviews and Admissions Tutor.