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Susan Dillon

Susan Dillon

Subject Group Leader


I currently work as a Principle Lecturer and Subject Group Leader fashion and Jewellery leading the Fashion Design, BA Fashion Management and Communication, BA International Fashion Marketing and BA Jewellery and metalwork courses and until recently was course leader for MA Fashion Management and Communication course.  Prior to this I was Course leader BA Fashion Design at Hallam and course leader BA Fashion at Leeds College of Art for 11 years.

  • About

    I am an experienced fashion designer, designer manager and educator. I studied Fashion and Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University. Upon graduating gained wide-ranging professional experience as a design director for a Manchester-based fashion company, importing garments for many top high street stores. The role enabled me to travel extensively particularly the Far East, the US and Europe for trend research, sourcing and buyer liaison.

    After eight years in the commercial world of fashion I embarked on a time as a fashion entrepreneur. Susan Dillon the brand was set up in 1993 and ran for six years designing and selling women’s wear to independent fashion stores UK, Europe and worldwide while running successful concessions in Topshop’s flagship store and Hype DF Kensington high street London. 

    My teaching career also started around that time, as course leader of a successful HND Fashion design course in the Northwest of England before leaving to pursue my business full time.

    After leaving the business I worked as an account manager for a fashion company before embarking on a fulltime career in academia. I have worked at Sheffield Hallam University for the past five years. In 2010 completed an MBA at the University of Leeds with a specialist subject interest in developing Fashion entrepreneurship and intellectual property. I am now studying for a PHD.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Circular Economy
    Design-Led Approaches
    Longevity, Fashion
    Digital Technology
    Fashion Entrepreneurship
    Fashion Design Process
    Fashion Management
    Promotion and Communication

  • Teaching

    Subject area

    Fashion and Jewellery


    MA Fashion Design
    MA/BA Fashion Management and Communication


    Theory Supporting Practice
    Fashion's Futures
    Final Fashion Projects
    MA Projects 1&2

  • Research

    PhD Fashion design/digital technology and the circular economy.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    DILLON, Susan (2012) The Fundamentals of Fashion Management. Bloomsbury. 2nd edition due to be published Feb 2018.

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