Course Leader in Fashion Design
I am an experienced senior educator and design practitioner with a strong interest in collaboration and interdisciplinary practices. Throughout my career I have garnered a broad spectrum of experience through teaching at respected higher education institutes. I have also been instrumental in harnessing partnerships with international universities through the Erasmus programme, giving me the opportunity to experience teaching in Europe and India. My research at this point in my career is focused around exploring and creating abstract cutting approaches to garments and the cultural, political and gender influences on new and existing design techniques.
My teaching ethos is to, challenge students, to continually push past the boundaries of fashion, using their own history and point of view to explore and build their identity as a design practitioner. This is strengthened by my dedication to exploring new pedagogical approaches to design education, that is continually propelled by my critical examination of my own teaching methods. My engagement with industry organically informs my approach to teaching and design practice, through this engagement I have established and maintained links to many high-end companies and developed numerous industry focused briefs and collaborations. Many of my graduates have gone on to successfully secure placements with global companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, H&M and Victor & Rolf as well as postgraduate study and establishing their own label. Over the course of my career I have carefully honed my student-centred approach and remain steadfastly committed to delivering the highest of standards and quality of learning experience.
Fashion Design and Interior
External examiner roles: BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear at London College of Fashion