Nurturing Young Individuals
for Careers in Fashion
Meet the Team.
The Summer Fashion School London was launched by Caroline Gration from The Fashion School, founded in 2012.
We inspire and provide pre-university students with an insider’s view into the current fashion industry, whilst promoting enquiring young minds for the diversity of the fashion future – it’s what we do best.
Our teaching staff have 50+ years combined experience, current DBS certificates and will keep a friendly eye on the students’ wellbeing during the programme. They are also first aid trained and experienced with various medical conditions and disabilities/children requiring special adjustments.
We know our Stuff.
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."
"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!
“I graduated in 2019 from Massey University (Wellington), NZ) with a BDes (Hons) in Fashion Design. Following graduation, I moved to the UK and have been working in various fashion studios for the last 2 and 1/2 years. My own work looks at technical clothing and workwear. Particularly how they can be abstracted to fit the contemporary fashion climate, with an attention to detail and a focus on being inclusive and new. I recently designed and produced a capsule collection with another designer under the label ‘Lady P’.
I have always had a passion for spreading creativity and creative skills. I believe sharing one's own skill not only reinforces our knowledge but can be super rewarding. I’m very excited to see people learning and achieving new things."
Digital Fashion Tutor
"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."
BA (Hons), MA (RCA)
Caroline is The Summer School’s Programme Director and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the course in Chelsea, London. She will be leading The Summer School programmes, taking full responsibility for the welfare of our students. Caroline has 20+ years of experience in: residential and non-residential trips in the UK and France, the education and management of schools, colleges and student wellbeing.
In her own words:
“Teaching fashion has been at the heart of my career for over 25 years, creating industry linked design programs and formulating a proven induction sewing programme based on my experience. I think it is vital that pre-university students are aware of the many diverse fashion careers and the importance of meeting industry experts. I have taught at various London and UK top fashion/art schools within universities as a senior lecturer, associate lecturer and external assessor. I hold an MA in Womenswear Fashion from The Royal College of Art. I worked as a designer, illustrator, trend forecaster, design production manager and in-fashion management within the fashion industry. Many of my university students have won awards and gone on to be successful individual designers, many working in successful companies such as Giles Deacon, Hugo Boss, John Smedley, Paul Smith, American Eagle, Donna Karan, Cos and Topshop to name a few. I also have many years experience teaching children with dyslexia and Down’s syndrome on a one to one basis.”