Nicola Miles

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Research interests

Nicola is currently researching for a PhD. Her working title is:

'A revolution in children's clothes? Crafting change: Clothkits and the revisioning of an English pastoral tradition, 1969-1990'.

Nicola has had access to the private archives of the Clothkits founders for her research and has contributed to a forthcoming book on the history of Clothkits. Her research is based on oral testimony in order to capture individual experiences of adults who as children wore Clothkits clothes, and adults that made and bought Clothkits for their children.


Nicola has a degree in Textile Design focusing on print and has worked both as a freelance textile designer specialising in designs for children's clothes and as an illustrator. She previously completed a creative practice MA in Textiles at Brighton on the subject of unspoken issues affecting women.

Her interests include children's clothes from the 1960s to present, clothes as a creative educational tool, women designers, feminism, craft, folk art and handmade clothes.

Education/Academic qualification


Sep 2017Sep 2019

Award Date: 12 Sep 2019


Sep 2015Jul 2017

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017


Oct 1986Jul 1989

Award Date: 3 Jul 1989

External positions


Jun 2021 → …


1 Jan 2021 → …

Member, Association of Dress Historians (ADH)

31 Jan 2020 → …


  • NE Print media
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration


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