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!
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!”
Sarah Garfield, BA (Hons), MA
"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."
“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."
"Hi all!! My name is Tshala, I have a degree in Fashion design (pattern cutting/ garment construction that I obtained at University of Sussex in 2018. I also previously attended London College of Fashion where I studied Surface Textiles for fashion print.
I have a passion for garment construction and print which I like to bring art and fashion together analysing how to showcase art with fashion in the most eye capturing way, which I produce for my own brand which includes fine art, pen and ink hand drawn on fabric and my art prints on garments I make with intent to be viewed as my art gallery. I also am a seamstress for a theatre company where I alter and construct the making of the garments.
Being a part of the making of theatrical garments is very fun and exciting as it brings a sense of freedom, youthfulness and imagination which also works hand in hand as being a tutor for the fashion school, I cover many of the children’s classes that include making costumes. I enjoy seeing the children freely designing what comes to their imagination, helping them to be their own creators and making their imagination become a reality of how they vision themselves!"
"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."
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! “
"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 piece 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."
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:
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.