Portrait of  Nadia Malik Nadia Malik

n.f.malik@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472503


Nadia joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2014 as a Costume Lecturer on the Costume with Textiles BA(Hons) degree. She is both a creative practitioner and academic with a BA in Textile Design (Nottingham Trent University 2002) and an MA in Costume Design for Performance (London College of Fashion at UAL 2010).

Freelance work has encompassed costume and set design for new writing, original and adapted classics, opera, traditional folk dance, contemporary dance, musicals, period plays, site-specific and experimental devised work and live art, including national and international touring. Design highlights include costume and set design as a member of Elastic Theatre at the Greenwich and Docklands Festival 2011 (winner of the Fringe Report Award for Best Theatre Company), costume design for the Imperial War Museum (2010), costume design and co-production for the V&A (2012). Group exhibitions include a permanent online profile at World Stage Design (2013) and exhibiting costume and set design at Nottingham Trent University as part of an alumni exhibition (2014) and as part of the Society of British Theatre Designers (2015). Nadia has also worked nationally and internationally in commercial fashion design (lingerie and nightwear).

Nadia has lectured in Costume at various universities including the University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art), the Royal Academy of Dance, Central School of Speech and Drama and East 15 Acting School teaching costume design, costume supervision, pattern cutting and costume making.

Through her collaborative approach to performance devising Nadia’s research and design practice is based on how storytelling through costume can engage an audience with performance and communicate meaning, and how this can translate to teaching practice. She has designed and co-produced the Costume With Textiles BA(Hons) graduate show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Research and Scholarship

Nadia is currently undertaking a PHD with the working title ‘Costume Scholarship’. This research focuses on tracking the development of costume, a nascent academic discipline, into maturity through its current critical mass. The study investigates the relationship between costume education and the wider costume field and documents how both are being shaped together.

Nadia is the Reviews Editor (Exhibitions and Events) for the only costume focused peer reviewed Journal ‘Studies in Costume and Performance’, published by Intellect.

In 2016, Nadia conceived, co-curated and produced Costume and Fashion in Context and Practice, a two day international symposium and exhibition - the inaugural event for the Costume Research Group at Huddersfield University. 36 delegates were selected as event contributors representing a total of 9 countries from 3 continents, making a global impact within the costume community.

Group exhibitions include:
Jan 2015 ‘Make: Believe UK Design for Performance 2011-2014’
Drawings/photos/audio-visuals were exhibited from three performances
SBTD in collaboration with the V&A and NTU, Nottingham

June 2015 ‘Costume At The Turn Of The Century 1990-2015’
Drawings/photos/ from three performances exhibited digitally
A A Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Malik, N (2016) ‘The Wear Project: identity and clothing in relation to costume design and education’. In: Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities. Loughborough University: Creative and Print Services. . ISBN 978-1911217084

Malik, N (2016) ‘Pedagogies applied to develop student self-awareness and written self-evaluations: a costume case studyArt, Design and Communication in Higher Education , 15 (2), p. 161. ISSN 1474-273X


Bate, T., Garland, L., Malik, N. and Sweeney, C. (2015) ‘Archive, Stage and Private Values: Textile, Dress and Costume’. In: Intersections Conference 2015, 15th & 16th January 2015, Central School of Speech and Drama


Nadia, M (2014) ‘The Wear ProjectScene , 2 (1-2), pp. 107-112. ISSN 2044-3714


Reviews Editor (exhibitions and events) for ‘Studies in Costume and Performance’ journal.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Society of British Theatre Designers
Member of the Costume Society
Arts Council funding received (2012) to research and develop a design-led play based on object manipulation/puppetry

Teaching and Professional Activities

Course Leader
Module Leader 2nd year Costume Design and Context TID1141
Module Leader Final Year Technical Module THD1364
Design Lecturer Final Year Major Project THD1365
MRes Co-supervisor

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