Top textiles artist and creative director to receive University honour


One of the country’s leading creative experts, Lee Lapthorne, is to be honoured as Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year.

Lee graduated with an MA in Textiles from Birmingham City University in 1998 and has since achieved global success as a textiles artist, accessories designer, curator, show director and mentor.

Born in Sutton Coldfield, Lee set up creative events agency Doll while studying for his MA and has worked for clients including Gucci, ITV, John Lewis and Vogue Italia.

Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Birmingham City University

Described by Design Week as one of the country’s hottest creative talents, Lee’s first collection of fashion accessories debuted at Harvey Nichols in London before being sold internationally and have been worn by A-listers including Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Jessie J.

Lee also studied Art and Design at undergraduate level at Birmingham City University’s School of Art.

“I was absolutely thrilled and very excited upon finding out that I have been named as Alumni of the Year”, said Lee.

Lee also founded On|Off, which stages fashion shows and supports emerging talent. Lee mentored Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts for the launch of her make-up label and has produced Birmingham City University’s shows at Graduate Fashion Week.

Lee will receive his award on Wednesday 11 January at a ceremony celebrating students graduating from Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.

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