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I am a recognized fashion designer and an experienced educator with an extensive history of working across educational institutions including international universities, museums and galleries. My training has been working in the Fashion Luxury industry for 25 years including Head of the Studio at John Galliano for eight years, Christian Dior H. Couture, Roberto Cavalli, Moschino and Diane von Furstenberg.
In 2010 I launched my own label showing for five consecutive seasons at New York, Milan, Rome, Madrid and London fashion weeks.
I have a teaching portfolio in a number of locations around the world such Polimoda, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Iceland Academy of the Arts, San Francisco's Academy of Art University, FIT, Shenkar University, Bunka Gakuen, IED. I have sat on a range of international committees including International Talent Support (ITS), Mango International Fashion Competition, Remix and Bilbao Arts and Fashion.
Since 2012, I direct the Fashion Print department at Central Saint Martins where I have developed innovative education projects in collaboration with external professionals, including Kering, Gucci, Loewe, Versace, Balmain, Nike, Museo Cristobal Balenciaga, V&A and British Library. I have created new funding streams through sponsors: Inditex, Kering, Alcantara, Sophie Hallette and a successful income-generating strand of learning through short courses at arts.com ltd. I have mentored fashion designers such Richard Quinn, the first recipient of Her Majesty's British Design Award and H&M design award winner 2016, Stefan Cooke, H&M design award winner 2017 and Wataru Tominaga 2016 Hyères International Festival winner.
I have secured European and international grants for exchanges and placements with external organizations and international universities for the purposes of delivering a structured form of KE activity such as the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee and Worth Partnership Project, funded by European Commission under COSME.
I have pioneered the adoption of sustainable practices into the Fashion Print education curriculum at CSM and I have developed best practice between craft and digital design. My research focus is inter-disciplinary, within the context of sustainability, integrating traditional craftsmanship methods with new technologies, keeping in mind the importance of environmental, ethical, and social impact of fashion products.
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