Theresa Coburn

Roles and Responsibilities

I am Programme Director in Fashion Communication within the School of Textiles and Design.

I have led the development of the Fashion Communication Programme at Heriot Watt since its inception in 2010. It is the first named degree Programme of its type in Scotland. My interest in research lead teaching has lead to the development of collaborative projects UK wide, which explore the relationship between learning and teaching, research and industry


I am a graduate of the University of Northumbria (formerly Newcastle Polytechnic). Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University I was London based and ran my own studio in addition to lecturing in Fashion Design at many institutions across the UK.

My own research and fashion design practice is concerned with questioning notions of conformity, identity, diversity and gender, underpinned by an interest in popular culture and subculture.

I have worked with nationally and internationally recognised artists within the music industry – image making and designing garments for stage, TV, video and promotional tours.

In 2013 I was invited to exhibit work in two major exhibitions in London and New York. My work has been published in several books.

From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980’s
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
F.I.T., New York

Pop Styles – Ted Polhemus and Lynn Proctor
The Fashion Year – Ted Polhemus
Gothic Rock – Mick Mercer
Entranced: Siouxsie and the Banshees – Brian Johns
Gothic Dark Glamour – Valerie Steele
A Queer History of Fashion – From the Closet to the Catwalk – Valerie Steele

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