Nicola Miles

Research Student

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Nicola is currently researching for the final year of a full-time PhD with the working title of:



Having access to the private archives of the Clothkits founders for her research has enabled Nicola to conduct primary research that is entirely unique and original. Her research is based on archival research but also includes 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 completed a book on the history of Clothkits to be published in the near future. 

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.

During her research Nicola has curated a small Clothkits display in an unused shop window in Lewes, the home of Clothkits. Having made an animated film for adults and children on the subject of Clothkits and creativity, this was also shown as part of the display. She is a member of two academic network projects focusing on children's clothes and creativity and has given presentations on Clothkits to both. Nicola has  organised and curated a postgraduate exhibition in conjuction with the Centre for Design History at the University entitled Design Matters. This exhibition focused on what design means and how design affects the interaction of people with objects and imagery. She is currently teaching on level 4 and 6 undergraduate modules in Fashion and Dress History at the University of Brighton including Postmodernism and Retro Vintage Fashion as well as leading a workshop on the subject of Barbara Hulanicki and Biba.

Her interests include children's clothes from the 1960s to the present day, clothes as a creative educational tool, women designers, feminism, craft, folk art, home sewing and handmade clothes. She is eager to be involved with further exhibitions on subjects related to her research.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Textiles

Sept 2017Sept 2019

Award Date: 12 Sept 2019

Bachelor, Textile Design

Sept 2015Jul 2017

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Bachelor, English

Oct 1986Jul 1989

Award Date: 3 Jul 1989

External positions

PhD representative

15 Oct 202115 Oct 2022


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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