Portrait of  Claire Evans Claire Evans

c.k.evans@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471386


Claire Evans joined the University of Huddersfield fashion team from University of Leeds in 2005, and is currently Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Marketing and Production. Prior to entering education she ran a successful international womenswear design label for a number of years.

Claire’s research interests are in the creative research processes involved in the design, production and cutting of garments, the integration and use of technology in the design process through computerised pattern cutting and grading. She has been involved in a number of funded projects looking at how students engage in their fashion research in both physical and digital environments.

Research and Scholarship

Research projects currently conducted by Claire investigate the research propensities of fashion students. Researching is a key skill fashion designers rely on to inform their creative practice. The increased use of digital resources integrated into students’ research practice has led to a shift in fashion design students’ research investigation skill sets. Projects aimed at investigative methods to support students conducting research in both digital and physical arenas have been developed. ‘My Suitcase’, a web learning resource has been developed and continues to be populated, this was launched in September 2013.

Current research projects:-

  • Engaging the digital native: Developing a high fidelity product visualisation archive to support teaching & learning. - Teaching and Learning Funded Project
  • Engaging the digital native: testing product visualisation template, enhancement of primary research skills for improving employability


2013-2014 Co exhibition curator (30%) ‘Acceptable in the 80s’. The Fashion Gallery, Snibston Discovery Museum, Leicestershire

<2013 Co Investor (50%) Teaching and Learning Project funding. Awarded £2000 from the University of Huddersfield

2010 Co Investor (50%) Teaching and Learning Project funding. Awarded £8000 from the University of Huddersfield

2008 Principal Investor Individual Award Project funding. Awarded £2000 from the University of Huddersfield

2005 Principal Investor School Academic Affairs funding. Awarded £1500 from the University of Huddersfield

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Evans, C (2017) ‘An investigation on switching behaviours: shifting creative cycles from hand to digital and back again’. In: 3rd PhD By Design Conference "Idea of Self in Research", 3-4 April 2017, Sheffield, UK


Shah, K. and Evans, C. (2016) ‘A Space of Waste’. In: Circular Transitions, 23rd - 24th November 2016, Tate Modern

Evans, C. and Shah, K. (2016) ‘Integrating digital tools into the creative pattern experience’. In: Fashion: Exploring Critial Issues, 8th Interdisipinary Fashion Conference, 5-7 Sep 2016, Oxford


Allen, C. and Evans, C. (2014) ‘The impact of digital technology on design students; the changing learning journey and the emergence of a learner interface’. In: altc2014: Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave, 1st September 2014, University of Warwick, UK

Brennand, K. and Evans, C.(2014) University of Huddersfield Graduate Fashion Show 2014 [Show/Exhibition]

Evans, C., Allen, C. and Shah, K. (2014) ‘Physical and Digital Environments:1) Engaging Fashion Design Students in Archival ResearchInternational Journal of Costume and Fashion , 14 (1), pp. 63-73. ISSN 2288-7490

Evans, C (2014) "Responding to the next generation": enabling interactive engagement to flourish in fashion design Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.


Evans, C (2013) ‘Moving students fluidly between digital and physical dimensions: the impact of tutor intervention.’. In: Univiersity of Huddersfield, ADA T&L conference, 9th September 2013, Huddersfield

Goldthorpe, C., Evans, C. and Wigley, S.(2013) Snibston Discovery Museum 'Acceptable in the 80s' Exhibition [Show/Exhibition]

Evans, C. and Allen, C. (2013) ‘My Suitcase goes live the journey so far’. In: The Challenge Ahead, January 2013, University of Huddersfield, UK


Evans, C. and Allen, C. (2012) Exploring interactive possibilities: the journey so far [Video]

McDowell, J., Allan, R. and Evans, C. (2012) ‘Effecting institutional change through the cultivation of a community of practice on video-enhanced assessment and feedback’. In: ALT-C 2012 – a confrontation with reality, 11th - 13th September 2012, Manchester University, UK

Allen, C. and Evans, C. (2012) ‘Going beyond the obvious: Engaging fashion design and fashion communication students in reflection and self motivated investigation’. In: Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues. Witney: Inter-Disciplinary Press. . ISBN 978-1-84888-148-8

Evans, C. and Allen, C. (2012) ‘Undergraduate student research skills for the 21st century: Pedagogical investigation for engaging the millennials beyond surface learning.’. In: 9th ICED Conference 2012, 23-25 July 2012, Bangkok, Thailand


Evans, C (2011) ‘Developing the perfect fashion archive’. In: Fashion Forward. Witney: Inter-Disciplinary Press. . ISBN 978-1-84888-001-6

Evans, C (2011) ‘But What do I Wear? A Study of Women's Climbing Attire’. In: Fashion-Wise. Witney: Inter-Disciplinary Press. . ISBN 978-1-84888-160-0

Evans, C. and Allen, C. (2011) Ryedale [Video]


Evans, C (2010) ‘Case Study: The Fashion Archive at the University of Huddersfield’. In: Look-here! Project User Needs and Pedagogy Workshop, October 2010, JISC Offices, London


External examiner roles:

  • Grad Dip Fashion Technology, PgDip Pattern and Garment Technology University of the Arts London
  • Field of 3-D Design (Level 5-6) University of Northampton
  • BA(Hons) Fashion &Textiles University of Bournemouth


Research Degree Supervision

1. Fashion Design

2. Pattern Cutting

3. Manufacture and production

4. Fashion Archiving

5. Entrepreneurship, setting up a fashion company


Enterprise Activities

Skillset accreditation - responsible for successful submission/presentation to gain the Creative Skills tick for the Fashion Design with Marketing and Production course accredited February 2014

Teaching and Professional Activities

Course Leader Fashion Design with Marketing and Production
Admissions tutor Fashion Design with Marketing and Production
Final year tutor Fashion Design with Marketing and Production
Personnel Tutor all years

Module leader:
TFD1131 Marketing and Production 1
TID1131 Marketing and Production 2
THD 1340 Research and Development
THD1343 Theory for Fashion Design