Emma Shipley – A great role model for career inspiration and motivation

by Chloe Watling
First-year BA (Hons) Textile Design student

The Fashioning Futures talk by Emma J Shipley was a great insight to the industry and the possibilities available within.

“Listening to the vast and incredible work Emma has done; from collaborations with Disney to  an exclusive collection with Liberty, was truly inspiring and motivating.”


A key piece of advice she gave was that it’s crucial to represent your work, to show your individuality and to constantly make contacts within the industry. She also emphasised how important work experience is to succeeding. This was clearly shown through her own journey from interning for Burberry, to now having her own flourishing business!

It was interesting to hear Emma reflecting on her time whilst studying Textile Design and how much of an impact it had on her career.  Attending the talk highlighted the importance of applying and taking any opportunities to further enhance my future career. I think it’s important for students to attend talks like this. It’s key to the University to have them more often, to show students the different pathways to success they can have.

During the talk, Emma brought in some of her products, from her collaborations to collections of her own. It was incredible seeing how she comes up with the ideas for the designs, starting with her detailed illustrations, the process of design she goes through to how they end up on her luxurious silk scarves and how her experience has helped with her knowledge of the manufacturing processes that works well for her.



Overall, the talk was an eye-opening experience. I found it made me more aware of looking for opportunities to develop my career, and to help my creative ideas.

“Emma Shipley is a great role model  for inspiration and as a figure to motivate and push yourself to have a successful career.”

Find out more about BA (Hons) Textile Design at Birmingham City University.