Meet the CCAD Body Contour Fashion Staff
Dr Carol Harris heads up Body Contour Fashion at CCAD and has been specifically chosen for the position due to her highly prestigious career at Savannah College of Design, where she held a role that most fashion academics dream of having; Professor of Fashion. She brings with her a wealth of experience to offer students in lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear which push the boundaries of design.
Carol’s academic profile which spans almost twenty years and boasts industry contacts such as Jay Alexander (Runway Coach for Alexander McQueen and star of America’s Next Top Model), Andre-Leon Talley (former editor-at-large at American Vogue) as well as producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta. Carol’s teaching has produced graduates such as Audra, whose ‘Vision’ collection is sold exclusively by net-a-porter and is a Paris Fashion Week regular. She is a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional Women.
Karen, has had a career within the fashion industry, specialising in the technical and production areas for over 16 years. Job roles have included pattern cutter, grader both digital and manual, quality control in both the UK and abroad, garment technologist liaising with buyers and design room for fitting and sealing processes. A retail manager for four years with Hobbs has provided a thorough understanding of the production processes from design concept to point of sale, covering all aspects from visual merchandising to customer service. Karen has studied a Masters in Design Studies, investigating, ‘Creative Pattern Cutting as an Art Form: Pushing the Boundaries between Cut and Silhouette to Inform Innovation’. Karen has worked with Panache lingerie company and Optitex 3D virtual pattern cutting for the Body Contour Market. Karen extensive industrial and academic experience enables her to pass on current knowledge, skills and experience to the students.
Alison started her career working at Danimac’s factory as a sewing machine operator before moving on to working as a designer for local fashion company, Bliss. Within this role, Alison worked on design, pattern cutting and garment manufacture supplying both retail and wholesale. This then gave her the skills required to set up her own label, The Fashion House, designing and manufacturing womenswear and accessories.