Nadia Malik


Nadia Malik is a Design Lecturer on the Costume with Textiles BA (Hons) degree at the University of Huddersfield, Reviews Editor (Exhibitions and Events) for the journal Studies in Costume and Performance and a PhD candidate. She has an MA in Costume Design for Performance from London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London), a BA in Textile Design (Nottingham Trent University) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Nadia’s costume design work has encompassed new and classic writing, opera, folk and contemporary dance, musicals, experimental site-specific devised work and live art, including international festivals. With a collaborative approach to performance devising, her work explores the human body, movement, and how costume-led design practice can engage audiences with performance.

Nadia has presented costume work in group exhibitions (for example Make: Believe, Society of British Theatre Designers, 2015), co-produced Revolutions in Costume at the V&A (2012) and produced and co-curated Costume and Fashion in Context and Practice, a two day symposium and exhibition at the University of Huddersfield (2016). She has lectured in costume at various universities including the University of the Arts London, the Royal Academy of Dance and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Research topic
The Pedagogy of Costume Design: an investigation into past, present and future practice

This proposal calls for an investigation into the theory and practice of education in costume design. In locating and tracking its history and emergence as a distinct practice, a comprehensive collection of information regarding the evolution of costume teaching aims to establish and recognise this practice as a valuable and significant part of the wider field of costume inquiry, itself presently considered to be in its nascent stage. Alongside the historical grounding, a global overview of current costume design teaching practices, supported by case studies, aims to determine and establish signature pedagogies for costume design within the wider framework of art & design pedagogy. This research therefore includes design practice and teaching practice project work, cyclically analysed and applied to personal teaching methods, in order to cross-inform both and raise the profile of costume in general in industry and academia through personal and graduate working practices.  Recent changes in UK schools education policy together with government intended reforms to UK Higher Education in general (for example, the 2014 new schools curriculum changes and the 2015 proposed implementation of the TEF, Teaching Excellence Framework) demonstrate a diminishing focus on and regard for the value of arts education by the UK government and it is the intention of this thesis to monitor the implication of these policy changes and how they could affect costume pedagogy into the future. In essence, this thesis aims to cover the genesis, current practices and future potentials of costume design education. By pointing to its value in the performance industry and its worth as an academic field, the purpose is to determine how to render the overall subject of costume more visible and valued in both academia and the performance industry in a climate of instability for arts education policy.