skip to main content

Central Saint Martins

Claire Robertson

Joint Pathway Leader, BA Fashion Communication and Promotion
Central Saint Martins
Person Type
Claire  Robertson


With an interest in the designer's creative process, I have photographed the work of many leading and visionary fashion designers including Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Christopher Kane.

My backstage photography has been published in a broad range of media, from magazines such as i-D to book publications, including Alexander McQueen:The Life and the Legacy, by Judith Watt, and Maison Martin Margiela, by Martin Margiela.

I was recently awarded Central Saint Martins’ Refresh funding which facilitated documenting backstage the couture show and atelier of Yuima Nakazato in Paris.

Using photography as a tool for communication, I am also interested in engaging young people in creative processes. I have worked with gangs in London and the suburbs of Paris and am involved in a number of UAL Widening Participation projects. My work with young Muslim women exploring style and identity was nominated for a Guardian University Award in 2014.

The practice of drawing is central to my visual practice and I was appointed Drawing Scholar for the New English Art Club (NEAC) in 2012.

My research interests are concerned with the creative process, and collaborative and inter-disciplinary learning. I currently co-lead an educational research project titled ‘Looking/Thinking/Making’ with Silke Lange, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, focused on digital learning within fashion communication. Initial findings of this research were presented as a paper at the Designs on eLearning Conference, New York, 2016.