Course Director Ba (Hons) Textile Art Design and Fashion
Lecturer in Fashion and Knit
After studying for a BA (Hons) and Post Graduate qualifications in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Ulster, Alison was selected to produce knitted and woven fabric for La Chasse Couturier Peter Lewis-Crown, this discreet fashion house could include the Royal Family in their clientele listings. Working in Milan as a freelance designer, Alison was engaged by agent Lucia Raffaelli, Editor of Vogue, which created design opportunities with Jean Muir, Kenzo and Pierre Cardin. Continuing to work as a freelance designer throughout her career Alison has exhibited at the British Yarn Show, New York Trade Fare, Pitti Uomo and Indigo and currently creates design work predominantly for Europe and USA. Designing in-house for the Belfast based Company Glen-Tara Fabrics involved the development of men’s, women’s and children’s knitwear for High Street labels such as Top Shop, Awear, Debenhams, Racing Green and Douglas and Grahame. Glen-Tara was the first company in Ireland to invest in emerging new technologies in knitting and as a result Alison was able to develop her skills in cutting edge technologies key to CAD-CAM manufacture including Universal, Shima, Stoll and Diamant. Having worked both nationally and internationally Alison embeds her research interest in CAD and knitting technology into her teaching and following a post-graduate qualification in Education presented a paper at the Star Conference on Supporting and Enhancing Learning. Currently Course Director in the new Textile Art, Design and Fashion Course, Alison is also engaged in a Fusion project with a luxury Brand knitwear company, Inis Meain based on the Aran Islands.