Frances Turner is experienced in the world of fashion, textiles and interiors products working predominantly at the luxury designer level of the industry.
Her career encompasses working as a Designer, Product Manager and ultimately Design Manager for Alfred Dunhill Limited , the British luxury goods design house and retailer of men's clothing and accessory products. Alfred Dunhill are part of the Richemont luxury group of prestige brands such as Piaget,Cartier, Chloe and Montblanc. She has designed and developed many successful product ranges which included knitwear, casualwear, nightwear, swimwear, leather products,accessories and performance sportswear. These were marketed internationally through retail and wholesale to the USA, Far East and Europe.
Textiles and products have been developed, working with many high level international companies including:
- Ermenegildo Zegna
- John Smedley
- Swaine Adeney Brigg
- Loro Piana
- W.L. Gore (Goretex) Crombie
- Ratti Group and
- Zegna Baruffa.
Products and designs have been exhibited at many international trade fairs such as Pitti Uomo in Florence and Sportswear trade shows in the USA and Far East.
Frances has also practiced as a freelance designer, where she has used her skills and international contacts within the industry such as yarn and fabric mills and manufacturers to develop specialist product ranges to meet specific clients requirements. These range from childrens and interiors products, to active sportswear (Golf, tennis, swimwear),knitwear and casualwear as well as all related accessory products; scarves, gloves, bags, small leather goods amongst others.
As Buyer for The National Trust Enterprises, responsibilities included two key departments of Kitchenware/Homeware as well as Clothing and Accessories. The brief was to inject new design ideas and product development and to significantly increase the profitability of both departments through initiating, developing and sourcing new product ranges. Responsibilities included the initiation of display and merchandising strategies for all retail outlets and catalogues.
The extensive product range included childrenswear, casual clothing, accessories, as well as kitchen/home textiles, ceramics, craftware and giftware. She worked closely with a number of British manufacturers including:
- Ulster Weavers
- Poole Pottery
- English Country Pottery
- Portmeirion and
- Crown Trent China.
Recently, she has been involved in design and product development on a consultancy basis with a variety of international fashion and textile clients.
Frances has travelled extensively throughout her career researching specialist target markets, fashion and interiors trends and developing fabrics and clothing with renowned manufacturers. She has launched and marketed product ranges internationally including in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, United States, Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium.
She has extensive experience and knowledge of designing and developing specialist textiles, fashion and home products, working with manufacturers and clients, as well as being actively involved in the international marketing of the product ranges.
- BA (Hons) Textile Design, University of Leeds
- Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Learning (PGCPL) in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Bath Spa University
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member, The Textile Society
- Member, The Textile Institute
- Textile Design
- Product Design and
- Product development
- Marketing and small business development
She also runs the Professional Practice Programme, specifically to support students in identifying their chosen career path and future employment opportunities.
- Frances has recently written and presented Research Papers at international Fashion conferences. "An English Eccentric. Lady Ottoline Morrell and the self styled wardrobe" in Milan at the Modacult Centre for the study of Fashion and Cultural Production of the Universita Cattolica del S. Cuore.
- The research involved working with a clothing collection held at the Fashion Museum in Bath and linking it with the life of the wearer. This research and link with the Fashion Museum is now ongoing and will be developed in further avenues in more depth.
- "The Defiant English Glove revival" to X Fashion Conference in Pamplona, Spain. This paper was written after extensive research into English glove manufacture including The Fashion Museum in Bath, Dents glove manufacturers and Leather tanneries including Pittards.
- Currently developing a range of sundresses and summer clothing for a small business venture.
- Currently advising publishing company Lawrence King on educational books aimed at Designing and Developing Textiles for Fashion.
- She is part of the University Advisory group to manage the BSU Employability Strategy.
- She is also a Link tutor to Wiltshire College in Salisbury for the BA Fashion and Textiles course and Link Tutor to City of Bath College for the Foundation Degree in Fashion and Textiles.
- She recently attended a certified CPD seminar arranged by the Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar on the subject of Supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship -the next steps for Start - up Loans and Enterprise Societies.
Research and academic outputs
Turner, F (2016) The defiant English glove revival. In: X International Fashion Conference: Fashion On The Move - Rethinking Design, 20-21 April 2016, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
Turner, F (2012) An English eccentric: Lady Ottoline Morrell and the self styled wardrobe. In: Fashion Tales 2012: 13th International Conference of ModaCult, 7-9 June 2012, Milan.