Tino Chafesuka, BA (Hons)


"Hey Ya'll! I’m Tino, a 2016 Fashion Design Graduate of Uni of East London.

One of my proudest achievements so far was taking part in the biggest catwalk platform for students, Graduate Fashion Week and having my final year collection on the UK Vogue website.

I worked as a Digital Pattern Cutting Assistant for a year before venturing into the world of Retail. I have spent the last four years building relationships with customers.

I am passionate about promoting style and individuality as I make stuff under my own brand name TYC London, based on customized casual pieces and altered garments.

A lover of colour, all things cool and creative, The Summer Fashion School is a reminder of my creative journey.

I look forward to empowering the next generation of creators, showing them the skills to get there! :D"

You can view Tino's Portfolio here!


Sarah Garfield, BA (Hons), MA

FashionLab tutor

"I am a 27-year-old graduate of the MA Fashion Course at Central Saint Martins, specialising in Womenswear and Knitwear.

I am a little bit older, with some more industry experience and I am currently running my own brand as well as tutoring for The Fashion School, and leading the Summer Fashion School.

As I have studied Foundation, a BA and an MA courses at Ravensbourne and CSM, I have a lot of firsthand knowledge of the teaching styles and standard of work required at each level of education.

I have a very fun youthful energy, and my work reflects themes of my own teen-hood and girlhood, with a strong influence on youth subculture. I love discussing my work and bouncing ideas of the teenagers to help them with their own projects, sharing music and laughing about current social media trends.

As with the ethos of The Fashion School, my brand focuses on working sustainably, being resourceful and using secondhand materials. I am currently selling worldwide, so also have some business experience too."


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."


Maya Rutland


“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.”


Lydia Ellis, BA (Hons), PGCE


"I’m Lydia and I’ve been sewing and designing since age 11.  I went on to study Fashion & Textiles at college then I started my career working in visual merchandising whilst still at university studying Fashion Business. I soon progressed to work in fashion marketing for big brands Like Selfridges & Co and John Lewis for the next 6 years. Whilst also trying my hand at fashion buying. I worked as a creative consultant for fashion & beauty independents for 2 years before deciding to step into education. Where I gained a PGCE in design & technology - specialising in fashion & textiles. I’ve spent the last two years teaching fashion in the Middle East and now will be lecturing fashion business in London. I’m looking forward to teaching at the  fashion school!"


Jasmine Broadhurst


"Hello, I am Jasmine! I am currently a student at Central Saint Martins studying BA fashion design, specialising in both knitwear and creative computing.

As a past student of the fashion school, from the age 12, I fell in love with fashion. Caroline and the other tutors have been amazingly supportive through the years, and I gained a place at my dream university. Having been in the student’s position myself not too long ago, it is rewarding to be a part of their fashion journeys. Whether their goal is to study fashion at university or just to make a really stylish dress for a party.

In my own work I often explore digital tools, physical computing, and unique materials, taking a futuristic and experimental approach to fashion design.

Aside from my work at the fashion school I have experience interning for Ashley William’s knitwear department. As well as interning for a freelance designer creating custom garments for clients."


Jodie Glen-Martin, BA (Hons)

Threadheads/Quilting and Art Tutor

" 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."


Ellie Crafter

Studio & Teaching Assistant

“Hi, I’m Ellie!

My fashion journey started when my grandma taught me to hand sew at 6. I attended sewing classes for a few years, where I discovered my passion for designing and making clothes. I studied GCSE and A Level Fashion & Textiles and afterwards, I completed a Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design at Morley College, Chelsea.

For the last 4 years whilst studying, I have worked in various aspects of the fashion industry, from Buying and Merchandising, to Design, Retail and Marketing. In my spare time, I enjoy customising clothing, and up-cycling old clothes, which I post on social media. I am looking forward to teaching all ages at the Fashion School how to develop their sewing skills, and improve my own knowledge too! “


Minhal Ahmed, BA (Hons)

Assistant 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."


Ava Casali

Student Assistant

"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."




"Hi, I'm Oliwia Bednarska I'm 16 years old and currently studying fashion and textiles for a-levels. I'm a former student of The Fashion School so I have been taught all the important skills for making garments and most importantly having fun! And I am so excited to be able to pass this on to current and future fashion school students. 

I have always been interested in fashion but started getting into it a couple of years ago as I chose it as an option in school which has allowed me to build on this love and passion for this subject. 

I am always willing to learn new things in the industry and can't wait to supervise more fun workshops at the school."


Lyla Mills

Student Assistant, (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."


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.”


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.