David Backhouse

David Backhouse


I graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1978 with a Masters Degree in Fashion. I then worked extensively in the fashion industry as a designer both in London and abroad for eight years. I launched my own business in 1986 where he was Company Director. I joined the University of Leeds as Head of Fashion in 2001.

My specialist subject areas are Fashion Design & Innovationand Portfolio Presentation.

  • The Yorkshire Fashion Archive and the use of Nonwovens in Apparel.
  • Deputy Chair of Yorkshire Fashion Archive (YFA).
  • External Examiner ona number of Fashion Programmes.
  • Regular contributor to journals and conferences, both international and national.

YorkshireFashion Archive (YFA)

Researchers: David Backhouse, Claire Watson, Lynne Webster & Elaine Evans. Based in the fashion area and underpinned by research excellence in textiles at the University of Leeds, YFAprovides a new, publically accessible collection of haute couture and fashion garments of major historical significance reflecting the social and economic changes in the region within the last 100 years.

Apparel in Nonwovens

Research into the use of nonwoven in apparel is an ongoing project undertaken by Undergraduate students and Staffin the Fashion Area, School of Design, University of Leeds, UK under the supervision of David Backhouse MDes RCA Subject Leader and Lynne Webster Senior Teaching Fellow. 


'Jonathan Silver: Romantic Capitalist' Foyer Salts Mill, Saltaire February 2013

'Wool Re-Fashioned' Salts Mill, Saltaire Sept-Oct 2012

'Dress Rehearsal 11' ULITA, University of Leeds May-June 2012

'Dress Rehearsal' Salts Mill, Saltaire April 2011

A Retrospective'. The Dynamics of Progress Seminar, Nonwoven Network UK. July 2012

'Architectural Colour Clash'. Nonwoven Network UK. Dec 2011

'Architectural Colour Clash'. In association with Lenzing AG. INDEX11, Palexpo, Geneva.

April 2011 'FASHION: Decoratif'. Nonwoven Network UK. Jan 2011

'FASHION: Transparency'. Nonwoven Network UK. June 2009

'FASHION: Transparency'. Yorkshire Fashion Week. June 2009

'FASHION: Function in Action'. INDEX08 Palexpo, Geneva April 2008

'FASHION: Function in Action'. 7th Nonwoven Network UK Annual Conference. June 2008

'Fashion Synergy'. ULITA, University of Leeds. 2007

'Fashion Synergy'. EDANA Nonwoven Research Academy Conference. 2007

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>