Kathleen M Berry (prefers Kath) was born in country Victoria, and lived in Adelaide South Australia before moving to Noosa Heads in Queensland, where she currently resides. Her passion as a teenager to make and design her own clothes has taken her on a challenging and inspirational journey within the fashion field for the past 45 years.
Her experience in the garment industry has been wide ranging as a designer/manufacturer and retailer of female fashion.
Kath held a full time position with The Department of Technical and Further Education in Adelaide for 20 years in the fashion faculty as a lecturer, senior lecturer and campus manager.
During that period, Kath was appointed as an international consultant to the Department of Home Economics at the University of the South Pacific. The following year, she was appointed as a consultant and advisor to set up the Fiji Garment Training School, which included needs analysis, and staff training, as well as writing and implementing the curriculum.
Kath gained extensive experience in the field of anthropometry as a result of her academic studies in anatomical sciences at The University of Adelaide undertaken as part of her Masters degree. On the basis of her experience, Kath was subsequently appointed a team leader for the ripcurlgirl scientific anthropometric sizing study of 2,200 young Australian females in 2003.
She is a graduate of The University of Adelaide, obtaining a PhD in 2011. Her thesis was titled A comparative Study of Pattern Engineering for the Current Size and Shape of Australian Women (Berry 2011). Kath previously completed a Masters (MMSc – Anatomical) in 2001. Her research topic was The Changing Size and Shape of Australian Women (Berry 2001). In this study, she identified five predominant female body shapes.
She also holds teaching qualifications of B Ed and Dip T Tech.
Kath co-authored The Fashion Design System published in 2008.
She has now released a series of units under the banner of “Fashion Design ~ Creativity & Science”, which is available on her web site – www.patternmakingacademy.com. These units bring together her years of research and provide a better understanding of female body shape variation. The five body shapes which Kath identified in her Masters research in 2001 are featured in the FD~CS direct measurement system for block drafting.