Prof. Newton combines an academic career with the role as an internationally known Fashion and Textile Design /Marketing Consultant, spanning all areas of fashion and textiles. He considers that the areas of academia and consultancy inter-relate successfully and provide the basis for the undoubted excellence in the area of design and marketing.
Himself a well-known designer, Prof. Newton graduated from the Leeds College of Art and Technology, U.K., and enjoys several affiliations; among them, as Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Fellow of The Textile Institute and Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Textiles and Apparel.
Prof. Newton’s research projects include the International Clothing Centre (Nottingham, U.K.), Work and Technology Centre (Nottingham Trent University, U.K.) and the Apparel Manufacturing Knowledge Portal Site (Hong Kong).
Over the past 25 years, he has held the posts of Chair Professor of Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, Head of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University, Professor and Head of Department of Fashion and Textiles at the Nottingham Trent University. A visiting lecturer and professor at many of the world’s leading fashion and textile institutes including the Royal College of Art, London and the University of Leeds, U.K. He is also Founding Member and Emeritus Chair of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) . Currently he is Emeritus Professor of Fashion and Textiles at Nottingham Trent University, UK, Adjunct Professor Institute of Textile and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Honorary Professor at Donghua University, Shanghai and Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.
Some of his significant publications are ‘Marketing By Design – Enhancing Productivity in the Clothing Industry’, ‘Development of Technology Road Map’ for the Hong Kong Textile and Clothing Industries, and ‘Strategic Plan’ for the establishment of the Mauritius Institute of Fashion Design in 2007.
Professor Newton’s international experience and interests cover research,consultancy and teaching. He has worked extensively in Europe, India, China, the Far East and the USA. His main area of research is the globalisation of Fashion and Textile Design and the associated area of Manufacturing and Retailing.
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