Nilgin is a former Fashion Editor of the Sunday Times and Fashion Writer at the Daily Telegraph. She has interviewed a host of fashion icons and established the trail-blazing MA Fashion Media Production at LCF.
Nilgin Yusuf's illustrious career in fashion journalism began when she graduated with a first from Central Saint Martins. She went on to win The Guardian Fashion Writing Award and the Vogue talent contest before becoming British Elle's first named Fashion Writer. Nilgin has interviewed some of the biggest names in fashion design, including Helmut Lang, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Geoffrey Beene and Jean Muir. Her privileged positions as Fashion Editor of the Sunday Times and Fashion Writer at the Daily Telegraph afforded Yusuf the opportunity to work with many talented stylists, art directors, photographers and editors, placing her in a strong position to mentor young writers and communicators at LCF.
Currently Programme Director for the within the Graduate School, Nilgin established the MA Fashion Media Production, for which she is Course Director, as a trail-blazing course for technology-embracing communicators of the 21st century. She has promoted film-making as a core tool in the armoury of the contemporary fashion communicator with annual Graduate School fashion film screenings and increased visibility within film festivals including Aesthetica and the London Short Film Festival.
Fashion Media Production is such an exciting field to be involved in because it has been revolutionised by technology and continues to morph on an almost daily basis. The course is an open, collaborative space that nurtures the digital creatives of the future."
Awarded her MA History and Culture of Fashion (now MA Fashion Cultures) in 2009 for her dissertation entitled Undressing the Criminal Icon, 1959 -1969, her research explores aspects of criminal image. Her essay, Caught on Camera: The Fashioned Body and the Criminal Body was published in Fashion Media, Past and Present, published by Bloomsbury in 2013.
She lives in South London with her husband, son and numerous feline friends.