Kate Ball

Fashion Design Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Victoria Building, VB315

+44 (0) 1772 89 3186


Subject Areas: Fashion

Kate lectures on the BA Hons Fashion Design with Sandwich course. She currently lecturers across first and second year as a year tutor and specialises in Illustration, Fashion CAD, Design & trend development. She also works with final year students assisting them with portfolio development in preparation for Graduation.

Full Profile

Kate graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2003 with a first class BA Hons degree in Fashion Design. She gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Further education in 2009 and subsequently became SD2 registered awarded by the higher education authority in 2011. As well as lecturing on the BA Hons Fashion Design with Sandwich degree course Kate is a practising designer running her own freelance design agency and currently has client collections in Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Monsoon and Ted Baker. Within her role at the university Kate is a 1st year tutor and runs the 1st year Illustration option. She also works with fellow lecturer Paul Robinson in the coordination and delivery of year 2 as well as assisting final year students with the development of their portfolios in preparation for graduation. Kate specialises in Design, Fashion Cad, trend development and Illustration.


1st year tutor; Illustration module tutor; 2nd Year tutor & Co-ordinator; writing project briefs; delivering workshops, lecturers and demonstrations; assessing work; preparing resources; organising trips; facilitating national competition entries across 2nd & final years.

External Activities

Creative Director & Head Designer DOA Fashion Design

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Kate’s work explores the changing role of the suit within fashion, researching how the suit has developed over the past 100 years and the external influences which prompted its metamorphosis; can this information give insight into how the role of the suit might change in the near future and how those changes might manifest?

Sub plots include:

Suits: A New A-Genda: challenging the notion of sexual identity within the context of the suit.
How might research findings impact design, construction and fabrication of the suit?
How practical are the concepts explored with regards to production and retail?
Teaching fashion away from gender specification

Menswear from 1971 will be the starting point for exploration, looking at suit styles for men of differing social standing.