The ISCA network embraces a diverse range of professional practice, industry experience and creative interests, as outlined in these profiles.
Professor Jimmy Choo OBE co-founded his global label specialising in beautifully crafted handmade women’s shoes over 20 years ago. He has since won countless accolades for his designs. He is a strong supporter of arts education, both inspiring and mentoring students wishing to pursue a career in fashion. In his legacy to ISCA, the annual Professor Jimmy Choo Scholarship for academic excellence in art & design recognises young emerging talent.
Dame Zandra Rhodes dominated the British fashion scene in the 1970s with her exquisitely made clothes in sizzling colours. She has designed for both royalty and celebrities, and also the theatre. She is founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, which showcases contemporary fashion.
Anthea Godfrey – Artistic Director of the Embroiderers’ Guild
In 2015 Anthea Godfrey worked with British installation artist Cornelia Parker to produce Magna Carta – An Embroidery, which recognised the 800th anniversary of its inception. This large-scale work has been displayed nationally including at the British Library and the Bodleian Library Oxford. More recently, she was commissioned by the producers of Game of Thrones to produce a panel to launch the fifth series of the show. This piece has been exhibited at many venues across the UK including The Crossing Gallery at Central Saint Martins. This year Anthea Godfrey has helped curate Beautiful Stitches, an exhibition at Bucks County Museum which highlights the importance of embroidery within the art and design industry.
Chetna Bhatt – Designer
For over 20 years Chetna Bhatt has designed apparel, textiles and home furnishings and worked with both Zandra Rhodes and Stephanie Parisi. She has coordinated fashion shows, museum events and also costume design for the San Diego Opera. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Chetna Bhatt has continued to teach Fashion Design throughout her career. Her inspiration is in the beauty of fabric, textile and home design, which she believes makes the world a more harmonious place.
Colin Kerrigan – Executive Director
Following undergraduate studies at Birmingham College of Art & Design, Colin Kerrigan pursued postgraduate studies at Bennington College, Vermont. He went on to work as an assistant to the sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. In a career spanning many years, Colin Kerrigan’s award-winning sculptures are included in a number of public and private collections around the world. He is inspired by unfolding narratives and the endless permutations and interactions between form and space. Recurring themes in both his large and small scale sculptures include points of transition and boundaries. Recently he has collaborated with various agencies on a series of public sculptures within urban environments.
Robert Hunter – Head of School
Robert Hunter graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Hispanic Studies with Linguistics and went on to qualify first as an English language teacher and later as an education manager. After several years of teaching English to children and adults, he began to build up experience in managerial roles, first as the Director of Studies of a large language school in Turin, Italy before setting up a school of his own in Northern Italy. Since 2001 he has worked in the international education sector in a variety of senior management roles.
Lisa Stewart – Head of Art & Design
Lisa Stewart graduated from Central St Martins with a BA Hons in Fine Art and completed a PGCE in Art Education at Goldsmiths University, London. An experienced art educator, she has managed art departments in both the independent and state sectors. As a fine artist specialist and published author she has continued to explore creativity through writing, poetry and painting. Lisa Stewart has contributed to exhibitions in London, Oxford and throughout the UK. She describes her work as figurative with abstract elements and integrates mixed media assemblages using print and found materials with a passion for colour and surface.
Silja Manninen – Lead Tutor Fashion
Silja Manninen graduated from the prestigious MA womenswear course at Central Saint Martins (UAL). She is a London-based womenswear designer who has been sponsored by major international brands including Swarovski to develop her own collection. She worked as head designer at Michiko Koshino, and as a consultant on start-up brands, as well as designing and selling printed textiles. Under her own label, she is currently designing a capsule collection of conceptual accessories, dresses as well as swimwear and has shown her work at London, New York and Berlin Fashion Weeks. Her work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum and featured in numerous publications including British Vogue.
Evangelia Thomadakis – Lead Tutor 3D Design and Fashion
Evangelia Thomadakis completed postgraduate studies at Central Saint Martins (UAL) in Innovative Pattern Cutting following a masters in Fashion and undergraduate studies in Fashion Design at Surrey Institute of Art and Design. She has gone on to work with leading designers including Vivienne Westwood. With a strong background in pattern-cutting, Evangelia Thomadakis has worked as a design consultant in planning and launched the work of new designers during London Fashion Week. In 2009 she founded her own label of bridal and womenswear which has appeared in leading fashion magazines including British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
Joseph Kerrigan – Lead Tutor Critical and Contextual Studies
Joseph Kerrigan pursued postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art (UAL) following undergraduate studies in Fine Art and History of Art at University of Reading. His creative practice revolves around mixed-media audio/visual installations, but also manifests in prints and drawings, which have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He responds to mysterious narratives and urban legends, while adopting both a nocturnal and desolate aesthetic.
Dr Dragan Pavlovic – 3D Design Tutor
Dragan Pavlovic has completed a PhD in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and a Masters in Visual Communication in Architecture and Design from the ETSA Barcelona, Spain. Dragan Pavlovic is a London-based architect and researcher, who has worked on his own practice on various projects from fashion and retail interior design to large-scale architectural design and master planning. His work has been exhibited in numerous places such as the United Nations – German Consulate General and University of Bremen.
Luke Roberts – Graphic Communication Tutor
Luke Roberts studied at Royal Berkshire School of Art. He graduated from Northbrook MET with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting. After working as a studio photographer for Olan Mills, Luke Roberts founded his own design studio undertaking work for leading companies including Mercedes Benz UK, Sky TV and Next, and was invited to be part of a forum for young entrepreneurs held by Wayne Hemingway. In 2006 Luke Roberts became a licentiate of the Master Photographer’s Association. He continues to work as a photographer for private and commercial clients and as a tattoo artist.
Jane Roy – Academic Support Coordinator
Following undergraduate studies in Business with Languages, Jane Roy completed postgraduate studies in Periodical Journalism at London College of Printing. She worked as a sub-editor for leading monthly magazines including Country Life and Woman’s Journal. She went on to work as Beauty Editor for the latter producing editorial copy and organising and styling photoshoots around the world. She wrote articles covering a range of subjects including travel, celebrity interviews and film and book reviews. She also produced promotional copy for leading beauty brands including Chanel and Guerlain.