Wendy Dagworthy

Fashion & Textiles

Professor Wendy Dagworthy joined the Royal College of Art in 1998 where as Professor and Head of Fashion, becoming Head of the School of Fashion & Textiles in 2000 and, more recently, as Dean of the School of Material.

She formed her own company in 1972 and, two years later, joined the prestigious London Designer Collections where she subsequently became Director from 1982-1990. She had huge success during the 1970s and 80s selling her collections to an international market and exhibited seasonally at London, Milan, New York and Paris. In 1989 she became Course Director at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. During the 1990s she became a design consultant to companies such as Laura Ashley, Liberty and Betty Jackson, a consultancy role that she still maintains. She has participated in various exhibitions, including the ‘Cutting Edge’ exhibition in 1997 and, in 2013, she curated the hugely successful ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition at the V&A.

She was awarded an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2011 New Years Honours List.

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