Sarah Braddock-Clarke

Job title
Senior Lecturer
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Sarah E.Braddock Clarke studied Textile Design at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton at Winchester, gaining a BA(Hons) degree with an exchange award at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, USA. She then gained a MFA in Fiber from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Sarah is a freelance lecturer, writer, curator and consultant with a research focus on advanced materials/technologies and their applications to fashion/performance sportswear and their dissemination through fashion photography and marketing / promotion. She lectures internationally, and her books as co-author include: Digital Visions for Fashion + Textiles: Made in Code (2012); Techno Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design (2005); SportsTech: Revolutionary Fabrics, Fashion & Design (2002) and Techno Textiles: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion & Design (1999) – all published by Thames & Hudson. Exhibitions she has co-curated include Make it Mine for VF Corporation, USA (2012); Rewind into the Future, Kaunas Biennial Textile ’11 (2011); Future Textiles: Fast Wear for Sport & Fashion (2005); Edge: The Influence of Sportswear (2002); Fabric of Fashion (international, touring Europe 2000-02) and 2010: Textiles and New Technology (international, touring Europe 1994-96).

She is currently preparing for her next venture – a publication in collaboration with a Japanese colleague.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MFA in Fiber
University of Michigan
BA(Hons) in Textile Design (2:1)
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Honours and awards


Award for Outstanding Research, Falmouth University

Goldsmiths College, University of London

Cabinet Office, London

Arts Council, London

Crafts Council, London

Diamond Valley Art Award, Victoria, Australia

University of Michigan

British Universities North America Club, London

East Midlands Arts

Winchester School of Art

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Fashion and links to wider world of Design and Art.
Materials - new advances in fibres and fabrics.
Technologies - digital ways of constructing and finishing.
Links between the Occident and the Orient.
Aesthetics in Creative Practice.

Research topics

Silk Odyssey: Byzantine Woven Patterns East <-> West

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs



Braddock-Clarke, Sarah (2016) Embellishment - Encapsulated and Energised: Technology Meets Tradition in the Work of Alice Archer. Embellishment - Encapsulated and Energised: Technology Meets Tradition in the Work of Alice Archer, 73 (73). pp. 22-25. ISSN 9-771742-254037-73 Item availability may be restricted.
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Braddock-Clarke, Sarah (2016) The Golden Hour: Borak Aksu's Summer Dressing. Selvedge, 70 (70). pp. 22-25. ISSN 9-771742-254037-70 Item availability may be restricted.
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Braddock-Clarke, Sarah (2015) Quiet Revolutions. Quiet Revolutions, 65 (65). pp. 22-25. ISSN 9-771742-254037-65 Item availability may be restricted.
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Braddock-Clarke, Sarah (2014) Coming Undone - Making Fashion By Not Making Fashion: The 'Un-ness' of Rei Kawakubo. Selvedge, 56 (56). pp. 61-63. ISSN 9-771742-254020-56 Item availability may be restricted.
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Book Chapter


Clarke, Sarah E. Braddock and Quinn, Bradley (2012) Interview with Bradley Quinn. In: Fashion Futures. Merrell Publishers Ltd, London, pp. 90-91. ISBN 978-1858945637



Clarke, Sarah E. Braddock (2011) Rewind-Play-Fast Forward. In: Kaunas Biennial Textile '11: Rewind into the Future. Kaunas Artist Support Fund, Kaunas, Lithuania. ISBN 978-9955-9587-4-1
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Conference or Workshop Item


Braddock-Clarke, Sarah (2016) The New Millennium - Future Fabrics for Fashion. In: The New Millennium Era: The Future of Textiles, 23 June 2016, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan.




Clarke, Sarah E. Braddock and Harris, Jane (2012) Digital Visions for Fashion and Textiles: Made in Code. Thames and Hudson Ltd. ISBN 9780500516447 Item not available from this repository. 


Research students

Current research students

 Co-Supervisor on PhD Supervising Team for Sophie Zajicek – 3D3 student based in Bristol (2017 - ) entitled - Investigating the design of 3D woven materials for the Circular Economy (October 2017 - 2020)
   - Supervisor as Subject Specialist on PhD Supervising Team (Director of Studies Deborah Sugg Ryan and Supervisor Fiona Hackney) for Julie Ripley (part-time PhD) entitled - To Catch a Wave: The Development of Cultural and Commercial Communities Around Devon and Cornwall’s Visual and Material Surfing Heritage(October 2012–17). 


Research degrees examined

- External Examiner for PhD Thesis, University of Ulster (December 2007)
- External Examiner for PhD Thesis, Brunel University (July 2005)
- 1st Supervisor for Joanna Bury (Part-time) – February 2015 – July 2017 – awarded distinction 
– 1st Supervisor for Sophie Molyneux (Full-time) - September 2014 - February 2016 – awarded distinction
- 1st Supervisor for Jacob Stevens (Full-time) - September 2014 - February 2016 – awarded distinction

Number of research degree examinations: 5


Areas of teaching

Fashion Design
Fashion marketing
Fashion Photography
Sportswear Design
Textile Design

Courses taught

BA (Hons) Fashion Design
BA (Hons) Sportswear Design
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography
BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing

Policy engagement within Cornwall

-  Invited Judge (with Dr Lucy Frears – Falmouth University) – Beauty & Style Pageant, ‘Down by the Sea’ festival, Holywell Bay, Cornwall. This is the first event (organised due to a fallow year of the WBBC) – it might well be the first of many. The event is organised by Sally Parkin, founder of the Original Surfboard Company and John Isaac – sports/lifestyle/classic car photographer and collector. ‘Down by the Sea’ took place at Trevornick Holiday Park – a Five Star venue - named ‘Holiday Park of the Year 2014’ at the Cornwall Tourism Awards. (September 2016) - Invited Judge (with Lucy Frears – doctoral student and Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University)

13th World Bellyboard Championships 2015 – Best Female and Male Vintage Costumes, Chapel Porth, Cornwall. This annual event (and the only one worldwide) is organised and hosted by the National Trust and held the first (or second depending on the tides) Sunday of September. It is a very 'British' event and attended by both locals and those from overseas and attracts a huge audience. I have been an invited judge since 2009. (September 2015)

Professional engagement