School of Fine & Performing Arts
College of Arts
As the product of a highly creative fashion education Victoria has enjoyed a varied career spanning fashion, costume, styling and fashion illustration. On graduating from Middlesex Polytechnic she gained the position of fashion Illustrator for designer John Richmond, before moving into costume design for the film industry, BBC and TV advertising. She was also commissioned by Dorling Kindersley Publishing to develop a series of costumes for children’s books, which became national best sellers. An emerging desire to share her subject knowledge and inspire others, drew her into teaching after the completion of a PGCE at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds. Following a period working in education she moved to Italy to expand her professional profile further. The thriving European fashion industry combined with Victoria's creative breadth, resulted in her undertaking a diverse range of fashion and costume opportunities including; designing womenswear collections for cult concept shop ’10 Corso Como’ and Clan Boutiques, situated in Milan and Monza, producing team uniforms for Ferrari and Formula 3 motor racing and winning Designer of the ‘2000 Best Dressed Formula 3 Race Team’. The move into niche sportswear diversified her career further resulting in collaborations with specialist sportswear and fabric producers including Fillatice SPA, Lineltex and Comp International SPA. On her return to the UK Victoria turned her attentions to launching a successful fashion consultancy that delivered bespoke style experiences, public lectures, workshops, private consultations and BBC radio appearances, inspired by the European sense of style. She still works actively in this field today. An expansive career and inexhaustible passion for her subject led Victoria into higher education and academia at the University of Lincoln. As BA Fashion Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer she developed a highly creative programme that gained the attention of the national Guardian on its launch in 2015. The article 'Fashion is not dead but it's up to students to save it' identified the course as trail blazing in its in hybrid approach to fashion teaching, preparing students for a career in fashion, costume and beyond due to its conceptual, collaborative and ‘old school’ yet future focused approach.
BA (Hons) Fashion Programme Leader Programme Management & Development Levels 2 & 3 Year Tutor Personal Academic Tutor & Mentor Module Leader; Professional Profile, Visual Identity, Visual Communication, Dissertation Programme Development, PR, Marketing & Profile Enhancement Student Engagement Teaching & Learning Excellence External Exhibition & Fashion Show Production Industry Links; Guest Speakers, Placements & Internships International/Erasmus Study Schools & College Liaison Applicant Interviews
Conceptual design approaches, fashion and costume design, portfolio development, fashion illustration, trend analysis, styling, critical and creative thinking, fashion writing
Fashion Consultant and Personal Stylist Freelance Fashion Illustrator Style Presenter, BBC Radio