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In 2003, Emmeline completed a KTP with the Salvation Army Trading Company where she developed the upcycling label Emmeline 4 Re. Selling her collections in the UK and Europe, while establishing a sustainable boutique in London. The knowledge gained throughout this period has enabled her to become a pioneer in the field of upcycling, and the basis for her research to date. She is currently a PhD Candidate at UAL, developing design-led solutions to textile waste in the supply chain. Emmeline has presented her work in the UK and internationally through both exhibits and conferences.

Emmeline is a proficient educator and fellow of the Higher Education Academy for her embedded knowledge around teaching and learning. She is the programme leader for the Fashion and Textiles degree at the University of Northampton, runs workshops and lectures in interdisciplinary subjects in the UK and internationally, and externally she advises and examines on a number of profiled fashion courses.  

Emmeline utilises her commercial and academic experience to profile the barriers and opportunities in the industry pertaining textile waste in its current set-up, while developing guidelines and design prototypes that evidence the possibilities of upscaling product fallout.

 Emmeline seeks design solutions for dissemination to different market levels of the industry, the outcome of which will facilitate manufacturers and brands with the knowledge to embed more circular systems, while offering alternative revenue streams utilising textile waste. The research creates practical solutions and frameworks to support the streamlining of factory production, aiming to minimise the amount of waste in the process.



External Roles

External examiner for Birmingham City University on the BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion Course

External examiner for The Retail Academy on the BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding

Research Interests

My research interests are around the circular economy in fashion, looking at ways to minimise the harmful impact of the industry through practice based research in textiles and fashion. I have a good understanding of market levels and can flex between these for small and mass consumer audiences. Particular specialisms in;




End of Life Textiles


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Fashion and Textiles, University of Northampton

30 Sept 200027 Jun 2003

Award Date: 27 Jun 2003

PhD, University of the Arts London

8 Jan 201427 Jun 2021


  • NX Arts in general
  • Fashion
  • Sustainability
  • Textiles
  • Circular Economy
  • Upscaling


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  • What is Fallout Fashion?

    Child, E., Oct 2020, Research Circles, p. 56-58 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationBulletin/Magazine

    Open Access
  • Developing samples of small scale upcycling from pre-consumer textile fallout

    Child, E., 1 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) Innovation in Textile Recycling: towards a more sustainable handling, re-use and disposal of textile materials. . Leal, W., Tyler, D. & Miraftab, M. (eds.). Springer

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapterpeer-review

  • Developing models for successful upscaled upcycling of fashion

    Child, E., 24 Nov 2016, Circular Transitions Proceedings: A Mistra Future Fashion Conference on Textile Design and the Circular Economy. London: UAL, p. 262-272 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contributionpeer-review

    Open Access