Julie Ripley

Job title
Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Textile Design

Julie Ripley studied history of modern art, design and film at Northumbria University, where she went on to teach design history whilst completing her masters at the University of Sunderland and writing and editing a local cultural magazine, Vane. She subsequently taught at London College of Fashion, providing academic input into practical courses such as Fashion Design, Fashion Photography and Fashion Styling, as well as at Middlesex University on Textile Design. During this time, Ripley also provided research and commentary on the world of fashion and textiles to a range of media outlets, including Channel 4, MTV, BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and print publications from the Daily Express to Russian in-flight magazines, as well as talks for The Society of British Perfumiers, Royal Cornwall Museum and others. Now based in Cornwall, Julie is currently working towards a PhD here at Falmouth University.  Her current research concerns the role of South West England in the development of surf culture and style worldwide.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA Cultural and Textual Studies
University of Sunderland
BA History of Modern Art Design and Film
Univerity of Northumbria

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

History of Design, History of Film, Post-war visual culture, Feminism and Film, Feminist approaches to Design, Surf Culture, Visual ethnography.

Research topics

Fashion and the Body
The History of Surf Culture in the South West of England
Visual and Material Culture


Areas of teaching

Histories and Theories of Design (Textiles): Histories and Theories of Design (Fashion); History of Film; Film Theory; History of Photography

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Textile Design
BA(Hons) Film Studies

Professional engagement