Naomi Allsworth, BA (Hons)

Sustainable Poppets Manager & Tutor

“Hello! I’m Naomi, I studied Fashion Sportswear at the University of The Arts London and graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in 2018. During my third year, I studied Fashion Styling and Phenomenology of Contemporary Art in Milan and worked as an Atelier for Hussein Chalayan.

Alongside my Fashion & Sportswear experience, I also spent four summers working as a costume designer and teacher at the French Woods Festival of Performing Arts in New York.

I have since produced my own collection of hiking gear, worked for NET-A-PORTER and I now Freelance for the Bear Grylls Survival Academy as an equipment specialist.

I am thrilled to be part of The Fashion School and can’t wait to share my knowledge and experienced with all students to develop their design & sewing abilities and encourage them to be creative and innovative in their work!”


Ella Marsh

FashionLab Manager & Tutor

"Hello, my name is Ella, I am a fashion and print designer and pattern cutter based in London. Previously I have studied and taught at Central Saint Martins and have spent time at a number of brands including Walter Van Beirendonck, Alexander McQueen and Bernhard Willhelm. I really admire the work being done at The Fashion School to engage with young audiences to promote a sustainable attitude towards clothing through education. Whether that be through providing the skills to design, make and mend their own clothing or promoting the necessity for knowledge needed to understand how our clothes came to be! This aligns with my personal approach to design and making whereby I aim to find sustainability focused solutions. I will be bringing with me a conscious approach to design and making, technical pattern cutting skills and lots of great references. I strongly believe fashion works best when there is a sense of fun and humour nestled in, something I ensure will be exercised in this year's Fashion School courses!"


Jess Grech


“Hello! I’m Jess, I studied Fashion Design and Technology at Bournemouth Arts University in 2018. Since graduating I have worked in design, pattern cutting, 3D designer, and as a Buyer, having a broad knowledge of the fashion industry.  I launched my brand, The Grandad Company in 2020; a company dedicated to my Grandad’s style and morals. It’s a limited-edition upcycling brand, using my grandad’s beautiful clothing and combining it with the vintage clothing he would wear. My sustainable brand was stocked by Wolf and Badger in 2021 and is its biggest achievement so far.I am thrilled to be back at The Fashion School, and can’t wait to share my knowledge of innovation, sustainability, and technical skills with the students. I aim to excite the students and push the boundaries of design with a sustainable solution. I would love to encourage a circular way of working, as this is the practice my brand is built on."


Minhal Ahmed

Fashion Education Manager

"Hey ya!!!! My name is Minhal Ahmed. I have a strong instruction establishment from Istituto Marangoni London ( School of Fashion and Art). I did my undergrad in Fashion Designing and graduated in 2020. Apart from designing, I'm also passionate about fashion styling and make-up, having worked as a celebrity fashion stylist in Bollywood and as a makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics.Through my gathered experience working in the fashion industry I have built up an in depth information on materials, patterns, designs and many more. I anticipate being a gainful individual of the fashion school. I absolutely love working at the fashion school and can't wait to share my expertise and experience with the little ones and the most incredible team ever. I'm also looking forward to assisting students in the development of their design and sewing skills, as well as encouraging them to be unique and imaginative in their work."


Maya Rutland

Assistant Tutor

“I am a 20-year-old second-year student studying Fashion Design BA at the University of Westminster, specialising in menswear.

My love for design and fashion all started when I was once a student at The Fashion School in Brighton, around 7 years ago. Caroline taught me a lot of the knowledge I know today and now pass on to the students.

I like my own work to maintain a thorough consideration for sustainability and minimal waste, something that we highly encourage the students to think about as well.

My current projects have included textile/surface-based ideas, sculptural and form-finding men’s tailoring, as well as a sportswear inspired project.

As I am not too much older than some of the teens or older students, I love to see us as the new generation of fashion designers grow together and bounce off each other’s ideas.”


Jodie Glen-Martin, BA (Hons)

Threadheads tutor- Patchwork Quilting

" Hi I’m Jodie, a creative with a passion for colour and pattern.

My career started in conservation working on historic artworks and monuments before moving on to Tate where my focus changed to contemporary art.

During this time I was also painting and quilting, with my background inspiring me to combine historic techniques with contemporary design and materials. For the past 10 years, I have painted to commission and exhibited across the UK and never looked back……until Lockdown.

In Lockdown with exhibitions cancelled my creativity was deflected to my collection of Liberty fabric and the beautiful outgrown children’s clothes. My lifelong hobby of patchwork quilting grew into an obsession. When even the cat had a patchwork cushion I started Threadheads, a beginners quilting group, to share my passion around my kitchen table. It became so popular I had to turn people away so I am thrilled to join The Fashion School to introduce my skills to a wider number of people and help you reach your own personalised creative milestones."


Laura Figueras, BA (Hons)

The Frame Art Club

" Laura Figueras is an Art Teacher and Fashion Designer graduating from ESDI Design School in 2002, Barcelona.

In 2011, after moving to London she started luxury womenswear label, Sur Studio, renowned for it’s Mediterranean inspiration. She has always been inspired by the Avant-garde Art movements that have translated in her collections. 

She has presented her latest collections in fashion shows at 080 Barcelona Fashion Week and has appeared in international publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar among others. 

She is an enthusiast of the arts, education and design and a co-founder of The Frame Art Club founded in 2018 with it’s base in Notting Hill." 


Ava Casali

Student Helper

"I’m Ava I’m 14 years old  have loved fashion all my life. I’ve been at the fashion school for almost two years now. I’m currently working on a project in the fashion lab careers and focusing on a pice of lingerie. I started volunteering a few months ago because I want to aspire younger people. One thing I love about the fashion school is how sustainable they are. I think it’s really important to teach young people about fashion because they can create new and interesting ideas for the future."


Lyla Mills

Student Helper, (D of E)

"Hi, I’m Lyla, I’ve been studying at The Fashion School for 3 years. I wanted to volunteer at The Fashion School because I enjoy sharing my skills with younger students and passing on the knowledge I have gained so far. I love being part of the school because I’m always learning something new. I’ve always loved fashion and now I can make my ideas come to life. I’ve also been able to achieve my silver Arts Award during my time here. I’m currently part of The Fashion Lab Careers class and I’m working on a project specializing in Sportswear, and I’m really excited to see the result."


Ava Hermens

Student Helper

"Hi, my name is Ava, I am 14, and I have been with the Fashion School as a student since 2018 when I was 10 years old, and more recently an assistant tutor! I love working with the Fashion School because they let you develop your ideas while giving you guidance, which is especially important today. 

The Fashion School is special in the way that it gives people freedom to grow while implementing techniques and practises used by fashion brands and individuals all over the world, as well as focusing on the environmental aspects of the fashion industry and sustainability.

I love working and learning at The Fashion School because of the opportunity to develop your own style while receiving help on how to do so, and hope to help more people do this in the future!"


Ola Olayinka, BA (Hons), PGCE, FHEA

Programme Manager

“After studying Textile Design BA (Hons) at Central Saint Martins I was able to move to Paris and work at a textile design studio and archive, providing patterns and inspirations to various design houses.

Since moving back to London I’ve worked in production and e-commerce for independent brands and facilitated workshops in fashion and textile processes such as 3D printing, digital & hand embroidery, for children and adults.

Currently I work as a designer maker for my own brand of accessories, ‘OlaOla, where I design the fabrics and develop all the bags and accessories. I’m also an Associate Lecturer at the University of The Arts London.

I started working at The Fashion School Chelsea during their London pop-ups in 2018 and I’m happy to be a part of this exciting opportunity. I hope my knowledge and experience in textiles, teaching, fashion and business will be beneficial in inspiring and encouraging the students and their creativity.”


Céleste Thexton

Cover Tutor

“I have been involved with the creative and inspiring, The Fashion School, for over 5 years and I’ve adored every minute of it. Watching the many students develop their skills and creativity whilst retaining The Fashion School’s ‘every child is an individual’ ethos is truly rewarding.

I’m thrilled to be able to continue the experience of teaching into my life in London.

I am currently studying at Central Saint Martins and often incorporate my sewing skills and fashion knowledge into my projects. Arts and crafts has always been an area I have thrived in and my mother has always nurtured into my fashion learning.

It is really important to me that our students are enjoying their time here whilst discovering and developing their own individual styles through encouraging their creativeness and confidence.”


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.