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Claire Robertson

Senior Lecturer Fashion Communication
Central Saint Martins
Researcher Research
Claire  Robertson


With an interest in the designer's creative process, Claire has photographed the work of many leading and visionary fashion designers including Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Christopher Kane. Her 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. She was recently awarded Central St Martins’ Refresh funding which facilitated documenting backstage the couture show and atelier of Yuima Nakazato in Paris.

Using photography as a tool for communication Claire is also interested in engaging young people in creative processes. She has worked with gangs in London and the suburbs of Paris and is involved in a number of UAL Widening Participation projects. Her 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 her visual practice and she 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 - with Silke Lange, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning - an educational research project titled ‘Looking/Thinking/Making’, 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.