Rob Phillips

Photograph by Britt Lloyd for SHOWstudio
Britt Lloyd for SHOWstudio

Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion. Central to many large fashion projects, Rob is a key influencer within the college and to the school’s vast portfolio of fashion courses. Acting as a catalyst for ideas and change in and outside of fashion education, Rob's vision and his commitment to a holistic process of creation is underpinned with research and reference, thorough project planning, teamwork and communication, which has led the school and college to continually achieve excellent outcomes.

After training in fashion womenswear and menswear (design and manufacture), surface textiles: print, and fashion promotion - then doing internships, design appointments and design consultancy - Rob progressed into the field of Fashion Communication and Journalism. He became Fashion Editor for ITBD’s International Textiles magazine and Colourist for International Colour Authority. His entrepreneurialist attitude, obsession with process and his drive to ‘present the new’ led to his appointment as Creative Director of Fashion Forecast magazine. Rob devised a new ethos for Fashion Forecast to only promote graduate and up-and-coming designers in a contemporary, progressive way that led the publication to critical success.

Establishing a status as an energetic and dynamic mentor, Rob was soon approached by the academic sector to tutor fashion students. Rob continues to nurture talent at London College of Fashion across all the courses within the School of Design & Technology. He constantly strives to develop his students beyond their academic requirements so they make their own unique contribution to the fashion industry. He plays an important role in the development of the work of the College through industry projects, collaborations and competitions whilst also curating and directing the School’s events, fashion shows, award winning films, photoshoots, publications and exhibitions.

Rob is a direct, active, broad-thinking, knowledgeable figure who focusses on individual responses within teams, systems of work and unique, deep processes to attain dynamic results: 'I have working blood pulsing through my veins. I envisage something that will benefit us all and work tirelessly to achieve it.'

Rob stays active in the world of media as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio) and also has a strong profile as an artist and image maker being featured in national and international exhibitions, publications and features. Today he sells artwork to private clients and takes illustrative commission work with recent notable clients Liberty London, Tank Magazine, Jigsaw and Pan & the Dream. Visit Rob Phillips’s website.