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 (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.”
"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."
BA (Hons), PGCE, FHEA
"Hello Everyone, my name is Odette and I am a Freelance Textile Designer, Artist and Tutor. I studied and graduated in Fashion Textiles and specialised in Embroidery/Embellishment and Print Design at London College of Fashion.
I have been so blessed to have travelled to some amazing places, working with craftsmen and women on several Fashion and Textile Projects in the UK, Zambia, China and Indonesia.
Currently, I work at the University of East London as a Lecturer in Textile Design and Fashion Foundation. As well as Associate Lecturer in Academic Support at University of the Arts, London College of Fashion.
I always look forward to meeting and teaching the students at the Fashion School because they are so creative and excited to learn new things."
"My name is Ella Marsh, I am a fashion designer, print designer and pattern cutter based in London. Previously I have studied and taught at Central Saint Martins and have spent time at a number of brands including Walter Van Beirendonck, Alexander McQueen and Bernhard Willhelm. I really admire the work being done at The Fashion School to engage with young audiences to promote a sustainable attitude towards clothing through education. Whether that be through providing the skills to design, make and mend their own clothing or promoting the necessity for knowledge needed to understand how our clothes came to be! This aligns with my personal approach to design and making whereby I aim to find sustainability focused solutions. I am so excited to bring together my experiences to help the children in the Summer Fashion School succeed in their chosen area of fashion design. I will be bringing with me a conscious approach to design and making, technical pattern cutting skills and lots of great references. I strongly believe fashion works best when there is a sense of fun and humour nestled in, something I ensure will be exercised in this year's Summer Fashion School courses!"
Hi, I’m Rosie and I have been working in fashion design and pattern cutting for the past seven years now. I was lucky enough to know very early on that fashion was the path I wanted to go down and started to learn pattern cutting as part of a V&A course when I was twelve and haven't stopped since then. I went on to study fine art and fashion design at A-Level and then completed my bachelor's degree at LCF in fashion design technology womenswear. Over the years I have worked for several brands here in London including Erdem, Christopher Kane and Alexander McQueen and have also show digitally as part of LFW with my brand Jean D’Ercole. I am a pioneer for sustainable pattern cutting and am always looking for new techniques. I am passionate about passing on my love for design and inspiring students from a young age to get involved with the technical side of things.
BA (Hons), MA
Assistant Fashion Tutor
"Hi, I’m Katrina and I’m a fashion and print designer! I studied fashion design BA at Birmingham City Uni and then went onto study an MA at London College of Fashion. I absolutely loved studying fashion and creating my own collections. I’m very inspired by working in 3D with fabrics and like to create designs by draping fabric on a mannequin to experiment with shapes.
Since graduating I’ve been working as a designer for small luxury brands in London. I also have recently launched my own sustainable fashion brand KATRINA & RE which is inspired by upcycling and colourful prints.
I am so excited to tutor with The Summer Fashion School and meet all the young creatives! My key skills that I can bring to teaching are…
· Illustration & portfolio skills
· Creating a colour palette and building a collection
· Print design
· Working with fabrics
· Upcycling & designing with sustainability in mind"
BA (Hons), PGCE, FHEA
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 also occasionally work as an Associate Lecturer on the Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins.
I started working at The Fashion School Chelsea during their London pop-ups in 2018 and it has expanded into working for The Summer Fashion School. I hope my knowledge and experience in textiles, teaching, fashion and business will be beneficial in inspiring and encouraging the students and their creativity