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.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
1996 MA Cultural and Textual Studies University of Sunderland
1993 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

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Ripley, Julie

    (2018), Surf's us : constructing surfing identites through clothing culture in Cornwall., (Submitted)
  • Ripley, Julie

    (2016), Making Waves: The Global Reach of a Cornish Village, In: Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities, Creative and Print Services, Loughborough University, Loughborough, ISSN: 978-1911217084
  • Ripley, Julie

    (2015), STOKED: surf style and situated bodily practice., In: Fashion and the Body Workshop, 5-6 May 2015, Centre for Fashion Studies, Stockholm University, (Published)
  • Ripley, Julie

    (2015), Denouement: narrative, objects and images of surfing in Cornwall., In: Textual fashion, 8-10 July 2015, Brighton University, (Published)
  • Ripley, Julie

    (2014), A hand-knit Esther Williams: Fashion and Glamour at the Beach, 1945-1956, In: The Look Of Austerity, 11-12 September 2015, Museum of London, (Published)


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) Fashion Marketing
  • BA(Hons) Textile Design

Professional Engagement

Social, community and cultural engagement

Lecture at Rotary Club St Austell, October 2014: A History of Swimwear.
Lecture at Royal Cornwall Museum, September 2013: Surf's Up: Surfing in the South West. 
Lecture at Bedruthan Steps Vintage Fair, November 2013: From Space Pilot to Earth Mother: Women's fashion in the 1960s.
Lecture at Bedruthan Steps Vintage Fair, November 2013: A History of Swimwear.
Lecture series at Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy, London, October 1998-December 1998: Street Style. 
Lecture at London College of Fashion for the Royal Society of Perfumiers, February 1998.

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Member: Design History Society; member: Oral History Society.