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Our expertise

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All of our staff come from an industry background and bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience. 

All of this gives you access to the latest thinking, creativity and professional networks.

Our expertise reflects the two areas within our school: fashion and textiles.

Fashion

We have a diverse team of lecturers, all from an industry background. Our team have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience.

Expertise includes buying, merchandising, design, marketing, trend forecasting, PR, event management and business. We have a real world focus, which prepares students for a career in the fashion industry.

Textiles

Our staff members have high-end industry experience in design and manufacturing and help students to learn and develop design expertise that is industry focused and commercially aware – increasing their employability and outlook.

Our in-house staff team is complemented by Visiting Tutors who are successful designers and makers.

Staff focus

Jasbir Kaur

Jasbir is Deputy Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Fashion and Textiles and has extensive experience in commercial textile design and magazine production. Her work is published internationally and she has specific research interests in South Asian fashion.

Laura Arrowsmith

Laura began her career in the buying industry, later transitioning to Fashion Marketing for one of the biggest fashion retailors in the UK. With experience in managing photoshoots internationally Laura’s background also includes campaign, broadcast and social media management. Read more

Annette Clarke

The early phase of Annette's career was as a Designer for Christian Dior Lingerie, Paris. Moving into fashion buying she developed extensive buying experience at a senior executive level, managing multi-channel product strategy and product development across a wide range of retail sectors. Read more

Claire Ritchie

Working as a fully inter-disciplinary practitioner, Claire has been exploring the interface of fashion and a range of allied disciplines spanning the commercial and conceptual design fields. Following initial studies in applied fashion design, she has been busy styling spaces and bodies since 1995. Read more

Nazlı Alimen

Nazlı obtained her Ph.D. from London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her PhD research was an interdisciplinary project: focusing on three faith-inspired communities and their male and female members in Turkey, Nazlı examined everyday Islam as it is experienced and expressed through the body and embodied practices in private and public spaces. Read more

Business Links

We maintain excellent links with design and manufacturing organisations, and working in close partnership with businesses on live projects, commissions, placements and internships.
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Research

We support and encourage research opportunities for our students and staff, covering areas including sustainability, fibre and materials, photography, curation and specialist printing.
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