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Liverpool School of Art and Design

Mrs Kayla Owen


Kayla Owen is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion degree and member of International Textile and Apparel Association. She has worked in industry and academia for almost twenty years both in the UK and abroad. Being in this post since September 2013, she is the year tutor for Level 6 and specialises on the Design Pathway. During this time Kayla has achieved FHEA status, developed the Outreach BME Fashion programme, has been the link tutor for the Fashion and Garment Technology FdA Degree at The City of Liverpool College, and collaborated with the international ethical textiles company Plexus Ltd.

Before joining Liverpool School of Art & Design, Kayla completed an MA in Fashion, Textiles & Surface Design in 2009. Her final project was concerned with, the parallel practices between Fashion and other design disciplines. In particular, exploring the cross fertilization of materials, processes and methodologies between Fashion and Architecture. The result of the MA was the design and production of a leather Womenswear ready to wear collection entitled Architectonic, which explored creative pattern cutting, experimentation in fabrication and surface, underpinned by and influenced from research findings. Since the MA Kayla continues to research and embed these methodologies into her teaching practice.




2009, Birmingham City University, U.K., MA Fashion
1997, Salford University, United Kingdom, BA Hons, Design Practice - Fashion
Liverpool John Moores University, U.K., PhD

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer Fashion, Fashion, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
BA Fashion & Textiles Course Leader, Fashion & Textiles, University of Wolverhampton, 2009 - 2013
BA Fashion Course Leader, Fashion, Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (Associate College of DMU), 2005 - 2009
Course Leader ND Fashion, Fashion, Oxford & Cherwell Valley College (Associate College of DMU),, 2002 - 2006
Lecturer, Art & Design, Fashion, Solihull College, 2001 - 2002

Postgraduate training

PhD Fashion, U.K., Liverpool John Moores, 2016 - present
MA, United Kingdom, Birmingham City University, 2007 - 2009
PGCE, United Kingdom, University of Wolverhampton, 2001 - 2002



Owen K, Owen P. Ice Cream for Crow Exhibition >Link

Owen K. Materials Hard + Soft

Owen KJ. The Northern Eye International Photography Festival. Title: When Material and Mountains Meet.

Owen KJ. hex–a–pod–a - A Womenswear Fashion Collection

Owen KJ. Architectonic - Fashion Collection


Owen K. Flip Festival - Gif the City

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Owen, K. and ONeill, E. (2015). ‘Me, My Selfie and I… The application of participatory research methods to student learning’. Learning and Teaching conference, 17 – 18 June, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. (Local conference), Learning and Teaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation


FHEA, Liverpool John Moores University

Industrial connections:

Diamond Awl, Leather Hand Craft Workshop

Plexus Cotton Ltd., Creating garments for catwalk presentation.

Membership of professional bodies:

Member of Contemporary Arts Lab, Contemporary Arts Lab

Fashion Research Network, Fashion Research Network


Other invited event:

HEA Conference, London, Student Transition.

Fashion Research Network Event, London, Mode in Flux curators tour with White Lines Project

Conversation With ... Brigitte Stepputtis, Liverpool John Moores University, Masters Lecture Series - Retrospective of Brigitte Stepputtis; Creative Assistant for Vivienne Westwood.

Conversation With... Richard Bruce, Liverpool John Moores University, Careers Talk from Richard Bruce: Creative Director at Dior, Moschino, M&S

Fashion Research Network event, RCA, London, The Space Between: psyche, body, skin, environment

Fashion Research Network event, Coventry University, London, Space for Fashion Thinking and Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise - An Interdisciplinary Symposium & Exhibition.

Grand Exposition Exhibition, Talbot Mill, Manchester, Art & Science Exhibition

Other Professional Activity:

Application for Curriculum Enhancement Bid. The proposed project will chart the student experience and academic progress of postgraduate taught students (PGTs) in Fashion. Sept 2014.

Application for Curriculum Enhancement Bid. Fashion Outreach Project Transition/Recruitment. Sept 2014.

Contributed to a Collaborative Leveshulme bid as part of The Contemporary Arts Lab 2017. Pending

Subtraction Cutting Masterclass with Julian Roberts. LJMU. Sept 2013.

Lectra Conference. New 3D software. Ravensbourne University, London. Nov 2011.

Lectra Workshop. Design - Kaledo Print & Style; Wolverhampton University. June 2012.

U.K. Fashion Industry Symposium. Evaluating the Challenges, Opportunities & Policy Options within the Fashion Industr. London. Nov 2012.

The Creative Pattern Cutting Symposium. University of Huddersfield. Feb 2013

Patternity Block Print Workshop, Ace Hotel, London. July 2016.

Burberry Factory Visit - Tracing the production of the iconic Mac.

Diamond Awl Leather Workshops - Two day Bag Making course. 16th-17th Aug 2017

Diamond Awl Leather Training Workshop - One day Leather Carving course. 19th Oct 2017

BME Project working with local school pupils to encourage minority groups to consider applying for HE, in particular within Art & Design, Fashion.

Link Tutor for City of Liverpool College FdA Fashion Technology course

Teaching qualification:

PGCE Further and Higher Education