Millie Butler-Hiorns BA (Hons)

Studio Manager | Arts Award adviser | Tutor

“I graduated in 2015 from Winchester School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textile Design, having been sewing and making from a very young age. Since graduating I have worked with various designers, covering a wide variety of creative processes, including working on accessories, crochet design for toys and clothing and printed textiles for fashion. My own work often explores upcycling and embellishing, with an attention to detail and always a focus on being fun and creative and with an emphasis on textile techniques for fashion. I also run my own small business ‘Pomilly’ where I make and sell embroidered and crocheted clothing through Etsy and at markets.

I have always had a passion for spreading creativity and creative skills; from the age of 16, I have hosted craft parties, skill based workshops and one on one tutoring sessions for both children and adults. From crochet and knitting to bag-making and accessories, I love to give students the necessary tools to learn something new, or to improve upon their skills. It’s rewarding and a real pleasure when they achieve their goals.”

   Stylish Tweens

   9 – 12 year olds

   Teenage FashionLab

   13 – 18 years old

Kelly McGrath, MA

Tutor | Studio Assistant

“I completed my BA in Ireland before going on to complete my MA in Fashion and textiles, specialising in menswear and digital print at the Glasgow School of Art, during this time I was scouted by Scotland Redesigned to launch my label KellyDawn Riot, an ethical and sustainable menswear label under the guidance of my mentor Orsola De Castro (Co. founder of Fashion Revolution Day). KDR has had great success exhibiting at Paris Design Week, London Design Week, The V&A, alongside Mumbai and New Dehli Fashion Weeks.

During this time I began to guide and help young fashion minded people by giving talks and seminars in art colleges, teaching interns and doing workshops at Fashion Revolution Week events.

It was during this time I discovered my love of teaching creative people and how rewarding it is to see them take their first steps in to an exciting industry like fashion!”

   Stylish Tweens

   9 – 12 year olds

   Teenage FashionLab

   13 – 18 years old

Zoë Ward, BA (Hons)

Tutor | Studio Assistant

“I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in Fashion Design BA (hons). During my degree I interned for brands ‘Molly Goddard’ in London, children’s clothing brand ‘Shapes of Things’ in Glasgow and worked for dutch designer ‘Biek Verstappen’ in Amsterdam. I specialise in womenswear and after graduating I have been running my brand selling custom made women’s clothing alongside teaching at The Fashion School. I am particularly drawn to the handmade and approach design and making with a visceral exploration of craft and craft history resulting in textiles and garments rich in detail.

In 2014 I attended The Fashion School as a student when Caroline first started. I had such a brilliant time at the Fashion Lab classes after school. With the tutors encouragement and unique teaching I was equip with the skills needed to pursue studying fashion design at my chosen art school. It is an absolute pleasure to be invited to teach at the school and to give back to the community. I am really excited to share all the knowledge I poses from interning and working in the fashion industry and after studying fashion design at university."

   Little Fashion Creatives

   6 – 9 year olds

   Teenage FashionLab

   13 – 18 years old

   FashionLab Career

   Mixed Ages

Leah Disney, BA (Hons)


“I graduated from The London College of Fashion in 2016, with a BA (hons) in Fashion Design and Marketing. Throughout my degree course, I heavily focused on two aspects; exploring technical design elements and the boundaries of ethical fashion and its relevancy in current fashion.

I have a wide experience working with small fashion-based companies, from vintage reproduction to high volume fabric suppliers, which combined have given me a great viewpoint on the industry.

I have worked as a seamstress and design consultant for several years now, and have used my varied skills set for freelance commissions such as small-batch garment manufacture, social media marketing, brand development, pattern cutting, sampling, theatre costume, props, art displays, tailoring, alterations, reconstruction, bridal and bespoke pieces, across Brighton and the UK. I have also created my own alternative ethical womenswear clothing label, Sisters Skin, where I am able to progress with my avant-garde and dramatic clothing style, whilst promoting my slow fashion ethos.

I am so keen to pass along my passionate knowledge of creative design, fair labour, longevity in garments and sustainability, along with my love of construction, repair and the stories that come with our beloved clothes. “

   Stylish Tweens

   9 – 12 year olds

   Teenage FashionLab

   13 – 18 years old


Join our Fashion Family


We’re always looking for talented tutors in Brighton to run our classes and workshops.

If you have a degree in Fashion/Textile Design and some experience teaching children, we would love to hear from you! Please email your CV and cover letter to Caroline.

The Fashion School are always welcoming young students who would like to take part in a structured internship programme.

You can take part in various roles, including:

  • Social Media

  • Public Relations

  • Marketing

  • Personal Assistant

If interested please email Caroline along with your CV and tell us what role you would like to take part in and why.

Teenage Work Experience

At The Fashion School, we have run work experience opportunities for over two years. We think that it is important that all students on our work experience scheme are kept busy with a varied agenda that will enhance their skills suited to their individual needs.

Please note: Some sewing machine experience is necessary to partake in our structured work experience programme.

You can either contact us direct or ask your school to do so. We have both public liability and employer’s insurance.


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