Senior Lecturer in Fashion, Communication and Styling
Philip Clarke is the programme leader of Fashion Communication and Styling. Trained as a textile designer at Winchester School of Art, he worked for more than ten years as a freelance stylist and writer prior to taking a full-time lecturing post as programme leader of the new Media and Fashion Styling courses at Southampton Solent University. Over the years his teaching has predominantly been linked to his industry experience; he has taught on specialist fashion photography and fashion styling modules, across both theory and practice-based programmes.
Philip’s doctoral research is centered on the role of the fashion stylist, focusing on changing attitudes to the role and intellectual property rights within the discipline. Despite increased public recognition in recent years, it could be suggested that within the industry itself the fashion stylist’s position in the image-making process continues to be considered secondary to that of the photographer, designer or other creative roles. Research output relating to the practice of fashion styling has led to participation in Fashion Colloquia conferences at l’Institut Francais de la Mode, Paris, Domus Academy, Milan and London College of Fashion. He curated the Black Dress exhibition at the Concourse Gallery in Southampton, which explored the research process of stylists and photographers.
Collaboration with Caryn Franklin and Debra Bourne’s All Walks Beyond the Catwalk campaign has resulted in a number of projects concerned with challenging the representation of diversity within the fashion industry. Further research activity over the past few years has linked to interest in internationalisation of fashion curricula and collaboration with Chinese partner institutions. Philip has hosted a number of intensive workshop sessions and summer school projects with Chinese students, both in the UK and at the Zhejiang Fashion and Textiles College, Ningbo and Shanghai Institute of Design.