Assistant Professor of Fashion
Jane Francis has over thirty years of experience in the fashion industry and fashion education. She founded her own label for womenswear and accessories in the 1980’s, retailing through Liberty, Hyper-Hyper and Harrods London, Saks and Patricia Field New York. She went on to work professionally for Vivienne Westwood for over a decade, focusing on the creation, production and catwalk presentations of her collections specialising in fashion accessories, jewellery and footwear. She has held positions with the University of the Arts London, at Central Saint Martins as Senior Lecturer Foundation Studies (Fashion) and leader of Fashion short course programs, and at London College of Fashion as Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery and Cordwainers Fashion Accessories courses. She combines her teaching academic practice and research with her freelance consultancy as a stylist and photographer to many international fashion brands and designers, including Tank Magazine and TopShop. Francis draws on the experiences gained from working with fine art and the fashion industries to inform her educational ethos: To encourage forward thinking, innovative, globally aware and creative approaches to design, through experimental, academic and practical inquiry.