Susan Turoff

Technician Fashion, UCA Epsom

Technical Staff, School of Fashion

Sue Turoff is one of our fashion technicians on the BA (Hons) Fashion course at UCA Epsom, and has over 44 years experience of working in the fashion industry and education.

Sue has a wide range of technical skills and knowledge, which she enjoys sharing with our students across all year groups as well as helping both degree and further education students to settle in and induct them into the fashion workrooms and industrial sewing facilities at the start of each academic year.

Sue started her career on the production line with a manufacturing company and then progressed onto become a sample garment machinist, going on to work with numerous premium quality high street brands like Marks and Spencer, Next, Coast, Ghost and Episode.

Sue has also worked as a freelance sample machinist with prestigious fashion designers Mathew Williamson and Bruce Oldfield, where she has worked on the sampling and production of several collections for their catwalk shows at London Fashion Week.

In 2001, Sue decided to leave working in the fashion industry and to take up the Fashion Technician post at UCA Epsom in order to further her career ambitions to work within education and enable her to share her industry expertise with our students.

Sue has been a fashion technician on the BA (Hons) Fashion course for 13 years and started at Epsom when it was still the original art college, before becoming a university in 2003. Sue enjoys supporting and nurturing the students' technical skills throughout their time on the course and actively works closely with our final year students to support the manufacture and production of their final collections. She is also a central figure in the preparations and backstage organisation for our end of year catwalk shows at Spitalfields Christchurch and Graduate Fashion Week. 

Sue has also produced step-by-step samples of menswear construction methods for the 'Basic Fashion Design' book by Annette Fischer. She has also shared her experience and expertise by volunteering as a backstage dresser at a ‘Childline’ charity fashion show organised by Esther Rantzen.

Sue has a keen interest and expertise working with embroidery and garment embellishment techniques, which she had gained on a number of courses at the Royal College of Needlework at Hampton Court. She has also undertaken short courses within areas of dyeing techniques and screen printing, draping on the stand, pattern cutting and couture tailoring at London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.

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