Poppy completed her BA (Hons) fashion degree at Northumbria University. She then went on to complete her MA in fashion at the Royal College of Art and was awarded the Laura Ashley Scholarship in 2010. Upon graduating, Poppy lived and worked in Italy designing for international brand Alberta Ferretti, specializing in embroidery. Poppy has also designed for other luxury brands, such as Erdem & Tom Ford in London.
In 2016 she began teaching on the Fashion course at Manchester School of Art as an associate lecturer, alongside working on various international freelance projects. Poppy brought the discipline and passion of her professional practice to students at Manchester School of Art, joining the BA programme full time in March 2017. Poppy's roles on the fashion programme include year tutor for first-year students alongside Kiran Gobin, in addition to teaching second-year students. Poppy is also the specialist fashion tutor on the MA programme.
Poppy continues to practice textiles, embroidery, and ceramics for her lifestyle brand, MIRLO. She is also currently working with archival material to narrate and communicate the history behind couture fashion houses which will be an extensive series of ongoing fashion illustrations.