I studied Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, graduating in 1993 from the BA Womenswear course.
Awarded the Royal Warrant Holders, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship 1997, I spent a year studying unique Haute Couture tailoring techniques as an Observatrice at the Christian Dior Haute couture atelier in Paris. The knowledge and understanding of the techniques and methods of creation gained during this year have had an immeasurable impact on my teaching practice, design experimentalism and expertise over the last 20 years.
I went on to be appointed as a Designer at Louis Vuitton Malletier responsible for designing sportswear, accessories and investigative future fabric research. On returning to London after four years in Paris, I started teaching on the Womenswear course at Central Saint Martins as an Associate Lecturer and also working on freelance projects for Tanner Krolle, Richemont, and Shanghai Tang.
In 2006 I lectured at Musashino Art university in Tokyo on Fashion Shock. In 2007 I became a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at Central Saint Martins, as Pathway Tutor for Fashion Design with marketing and was then appointed as Pathway Leader for the Womenswear course in 2014.
I continue to work as a freelance designer for design projects and am Creative Director for small knitwear brand Woodchild, woollen merchants of distinction. I have led collaborative graduate research and design projects for Central Saint Martins with external partners such as Sephora, Diadora, Bulgari, Paul Frank and Penhaligons.
My research interests focus around the subject of sustainability in fashion and I was responsible for initiating the first sustainable fashion collaboration with fashion students from CSM and LVMH group companies, Marc Jacobs, Thomas Pink, Loewe, and Louis Vuitton. This has now developed into a wider relationship between the group and Central Saint Martins.
I have a particular research interest in the teaching of sustainability in fashion at a university level and have contributed to a published chapter in ‘Teaching Sustainability at Higher Education Level’ published by Stirling.
I have a passion for hand execution of stitch, tailoring, cutting and clothing construction which feeds into her personal practice as both a designer and a maker.
I am a contributing writer to the acclaimed fashion coffee table book Pattern published by Phaidon in 2013.