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Maggie Bushby

Margaret Bushby

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design


Maggie’s expertise is pattern cutting and 3D development. She is involved at all levels on the undergraduate fashion design programme teaching design and pattern cutting and also supervises students on the postgraduate programme. Maggie also teaches final year students at the Hong Kong Design Institute on the NTU affiliated one year fashion design programme. She is module leader on the second year Commerce and Innovation module and is a personal tutor to first and second year students.

Current project

Ongoing collaboration with Leicestershire County Council Heritage Service in second year fashion design module to encourage students to engage with museums and archives as sources of research and inspiration.

Research areas

Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear

2007: SIS (Stimulating Innovation for Success): A collaborative project involving Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham County Council Museums Service. The project aim was to promote the use of historical archives to inspire design. The brief was to explore the cut of sleeves in women's clothing from 18th and 19th Century held at the Nottingham museum of Costume and textiles and to develop a range of contemporary pieces inspired by these. The resulting garments were exhibited at Nottingham castle in 2007.

2010: Maggie's interests are in pattern cutting and 3D exploration and development of garments, historical clothing, industrial artefacts and social history. Maggie's MA study in Fashion design took inspiration from the interlinking nature of mechanical components of the industrial revolution period. Drawing comparisons with this and the evolution of garments through the process of repair, she explored the concept of ‘invention through necessity' embodied in the everyday clothing and workwear of the working class in the late industrial revolution period culminating in the development of a collection of six contemporary outfits and knitted accessories.