Jane Francis - Creative Design Practitioner & Thinker / Educator & Academic Leader: Fashion / Cultural & Future Trend Analyst / Researcher
Jane Francis is a BA & Masters graduate of Fine Art. She has over thirtyfive 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 posts within the University of the Arts London since 1998, at Central Saint Martins as Senior Lecturer Foundation Studies (Fashion) and leader of Fashion short course programs and more recently at London College of Fashion as Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Accessories and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery courses. Jane was instrumental in defining the distinctive vision of the fashion led craft based product disciplines at London College of Fashion: establishing it as a world leader within the field.
During 2016-17 Jane relocated to Moscow Russia, as a Senior Lecturer in Fashion at the British Higher School of Art and Design. During her tenure she was active in embedding themes of sustainability within the curriculum and working to re-defining the future of Russian fashion.
Jane is the current Course Leader for the award winning BA Hons Fashion course at UCA Epsom. She combines her teaching, academic practice and research with working as a freelance consultant, stylist and photographer to many international fashion brands and designers, including Tank Magazine.
Jane 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.