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Julia Kininmonth

Julia Kininmonth

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion marketing, management and communication


Lecturer / Senior Lecturer

Julia is a 2nd year tutor and teaches across a number of modules and levels of the BA (Hons) Fashion Management programme, along with dissertation supervision of undergraduate / postgraduate students.

Career overview

Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University as Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Textile Management, Julia had a successful career in the garment manufacturing industry spanning 20 years.

She joined Smith and Nephew’s graduate recruitment scheme in 1990 and established herself as a specialist in product and process development concentrating on both the development of medical products and apparel fabrics. During a five year period she worked on many cost saving initiatives, including the introduction of glass fibre sourced from Latvia and the commissioning of a new bleaching line. Moreover she gained two Patents for medical fabric structures.

Julia's experience at Smith and Nephew gave her an intimate knowledge of spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, as well as an excellent understanding of how a vertical textile mill operates. This first-hand experience of supply chain management was of great use in her next position. In 1995 she was head hunted and undertook a role in product development and global fabric sourcing for Coats Viyella contract clothing division for a period of seven years. During this time she travelled extensively through Europe, North Africa and the Far East. Between 2002 and 2007 she worked for a family owned Turkish business, in a similar role and was part of a small business team successfully supplying Ladieswear merchandise to both UK and American Retailers. Her final role was at Courtaulds in fabric technology and product development specifically targeted at the lingerie market.

Research areas

  • Project team member – Guidance on design for longevity in Clothing: Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) 2012
  • Member of the NTU Sustainable Consumption Research Group.

External activity

Active member of the ASBCI and NTU representative on the ASBCI student membership committee