University for the creative arts staff

By | 18th May 2017

University for the creative arts staff

Industry alignment underpins the culture of the school and we enjoy close links with a range of global fashion brands through our teaching staff, most of whom continue to practice. In this way we ensure that our curriculum is up to date at all times and that students are taught the skills and techniques that fashion houses need. All of our staff are leading practioners in their field. Please click each individual profile below for more information.

Thomass Atkinson: Head of School

Head of School, Thomass Atkinson graduated from St Martins School of Art (CSM) Fashion/Textiles course before gaining his Master of Design Degree in Fashion from the Royal College of Art.  This was followed by a career in the fashion industry – as a freelance consultant; menswear, womenswear designer and pattern cutter responsible for a range of products across a range of market levels of the fashion industry both in the UK and in Italy.

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Adam Knight

Adam Knight is an artist who currently lives and works in London. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Royal College of Art in 2007. He has worked on the the Fashion Promotion & Imaging course since 2008 and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2010. Specialising in the Imaging pathway over both years 1 and 2, he has undertaken several educational research projects on assessment, feedback and inclusivity.In 2010 he participated in the ARTSCHOOL/UK project, beginning at Cell Project Space and culminating at London’s prestigious Whitechapel Gallery.

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Alexia Economou

Alexia is a Senior Lecturer on the Fashion Journalism course at UCA Epsom, as well as an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion and on the MA at Central Saint Martin’s. Alexia loves design and architecture. Born in Canada, she has a degree in Communication & Visual Marketing (special: fashion) from Ryerson University, Toronto. As a freelance writer, journalist and researcher she has clients on both sides of the Atlantic, from The Guardian to The Globe & Mail newspaper.

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Alyson Walsh

Alyson Walsh is a fashion expert, journalist and Botox-free blogger. The author of That’s Not My Age comes from a background in women’s magazines and has worked in the fashion industry for many years. As a fashion expert, she’s sounded off on the BBC News and given numerous radio interviews, including a nerve-jangling live feature for Woman’s Hour with Jenni Murray. As a stylist, she’s worked with a whole host of celebrities; from Nigella Lawson to Charlotte Church, Yasmin Le Bon to the Manic Street Preachers.

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University for the creative arts staff

Amber Brierley

Amber is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and has worked in higher education since 2003. Lecturing at a variety of UK fashion institutes, at both undergraduate and MA Level.Upon graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art with an MA in Womenswear, Amber worked for a range of emerging London based designers before being appointed as Accessories Design Manager for Charlott Vasberg. A brand sold on an international level, from Selfridges, to Barneys USA and many boutiques in Asia and Europe.

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Anette Fischer

Anette Fischer is a Senior Lecturer specializing in 3D Development on the BA (Hons) Fashion course at the University of the Creative Arts, Epsom.She teaches and instructs garment construction, pattern cutting, modeling on stand, couture construction & tailoring to both under and postgraduate degree students.Concurrent with working at UCA Epsom, She annually teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Innovative Pattern Cutting at Central Saint Martins, London.

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University for the creative arts staff

Anne K. Reimers

A specialist in visual culture and fashion theory, Anne K. Reimers has taught students in higher education for over eleven years and is Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies for the School of Fashion at UCA.Currently undertaking a PhD in History of Art on ‘Fashionability and Visual Culture in 1920s Berlin’ at University College London (UCL), Anne started her career in academia at Bonn University in Germany after graduating with distinction in her masters degree in Art History, Philosophy and Italian Philology.

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Ayshen Ali

Ayshen is a Lecturer for the Fashion Management & Marketing course at UCA Epsom. She is a graduate of London College of Fashion in BA Hons Fashion Management and completed the PGCE in Lifelong Learning Sector of Education in 2013.After graduating she went on to work in Buying within large companies such as Burberry, Harrods and ASOS. Selecting ranges for the customers dealing with many luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren, Missoni, D&G, Paul Smith and Moschino to name a few. She uses her experience to inspire those that want to learn about the fashion industry.

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Barbara Baum

Barbara is a Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Fashion and responsible for the Year 3 delivery of Pre- and Final collection development as well as fashion illustration.Upon graduating from Central Saint Martins with a first class degree in Fashion design and an MA in fashion design womenswear from the Royal college of Art in 2000, she has embarked on a career designing for international fashion companies such as Alberta Ferretti, Temperley London and Whistles.

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Charlotte Jacklin

Charlotte studied Fashion Promotion at UCA Rochester in 2009 and graduated with 1st Class Honours.After graduating Charlotte went straight into the industry, and lists Ted Baker, Lulu Guinness, Topshop, Paul Smith and Ben Sherman amongst the companies she has worked for. Within these companies, Charlotte worked within the digital marketing teams, managing social media accounts, e-mail marketing campaigns, copywriting, devising engaging content strategies for international campaigns and getting to understand the heart of e-commerce and online publishing.