Interviews with leading contemporary designers, including Paul Smith, Stephen Jones, and Maria Cornejo and education professionals, including Willie Walters, Course Director at Central St Martins, Andrew Groves from the University of Westminster and a Foreword by Shelley Fox, the Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Director of the MFA Fashion Design and Society Program at Parsons, New York, will enable all readers both to understand the vital role of research and to discover the techniques the designers have adapted for themselves, while a richly illustrated profile of the major themes of fashion is both a highly original resource and a mine of information about each theme for readers to draw on in their own research.
Robert Leach was educated at Kingston University and graduated in 1981, has been in the fashion business for over 30 years, working first as designer in his own right, then in the field of styling and journalism, working for such visionary publications as the then fledgling i-D Magazine, in television and on advertising campaigns.
He has been an associate Lecturer at Central St Martins since 1992, and since 2002 he has been employed as a Senior Lecturer by The University of Westminster on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design course.
He has worked alongside top fashion employers on student recruitment as well as on creative collaborations with lots of international fashion companies and design related institutions.
His first love is for visual research and this is his first book on the subject. In it he explains the exciting process of researching for design to the young designer.