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Team

Tyrella Baker-Smith, BA (HONS)

Studio Manager | Tutor

“I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA in Performance Costume. It was a varied course of designing, making and sourcing for theatre, film and television, with collaborative projects in the industry including the Edinburgh International Festival. With huge emphasis on textiles within my graduate projects, my varied graduate projects included seasonal print designs on theatrical shapes using old botanical illustrations for an immersive piece based on the Four Seasons, as well as redesigning Roald Dahls Revolting Rhymes as a TV series taking influence from Tim Burton and Tim Walker! There was always huge influence by fashion designers and trends within my work.


Alongside tutoring, I am planning to collaborate with a print designer to make a sustainably printed childrenswear brand! I believe that coming from a costume angle, I can push the students to achieve their real creative potential using unexpected and innovative shapes as well as branching out for their research and inspiration into different periods, film and culture, where one might not reach for first, when developing their own fashion designs.


The opportunity to tutor and help people realise their own ideas in a relaxed and rewarding environment is super exciting!”


   LIttle Fashion Creatives

   6 - 9 year olds

   Stylish Tweens

   9 - 12 year olds

   Teenage FashionLab

   13 - 18 year olds

Ciara Masterson, BA (Hons)

Tutor

“I graduated from the National College of Art & Design, Ireland with a BA in Fashion Design.


I have been designing and making from a young age and believe that fashion should be slow, considered and made to last.

My graduate collection was driven by the problem of over consumption in the fashion industry. My intention was to encourage a more considered, sustainable relationship with fashion by creating multi-functional, versatile garments.
Sustainability is something I am passionate about and I believe it is essential that the next generation of designers are educated on ethical practices early on as they are the future of our industry.


I have won various awards for my work, including ‘U Magazines 30 under 30 Award’ for fashion design and also the ‘River Island x NCAD Bursary Award’.


From this success, I went on to work at River Island as an Assistant Designer, specializing predominantly in outerwear and also for a global clothing manufacturing company. Both roles have provided me with a well-rounded, educated understanding of the fashion industry. I am now working as a freelance designer alongside my role as a Tutor here at the Fashion School.

I want to encourage a healthy relationship with fashion. I hope that my students will enjoy creating and learning as much as I do, in a comfortable and fun environment.”


   LIttle Fashion Creatives

   6 - 9 year olds

   Stylish Tweens

   9 - 12 year olds

   Ready to Wear

   7 - 12 year olds


Sophie Jones, BA (Hons)

Tutor

“Hi I’m Sophie, I started drawing and making clothes from a child so it was a natural choice for me to then study fashion design at university. I graduated in 2011 and went on to work as a womenswear designer for mainly small scale high end and sustainable brands.


I love the detail and craftsmanship that goes into making a garment. I enjoy working with colour, deconstruct reconstruct techniques and evening wear amongst many other things such as knitting."


   Ready to Wear

   7 - 12 year olds

   FashionLab Career

   Mixed Ages


Maya Rutland

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.”

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.”


ola@thefashionschool-uk.com

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

Internships

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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