Aimee McLachlan

Pathway Leader Fashion & Textiles, UCA Farnham

Academic, School of Further Education

Aimee McLachlan is a subject leader - specialising in fashion design, textiles design, costume design and fashion promotion.

Education and Experience:

  • Short course ‘Exploring Illustration’ Central Saint Martins. UAL
  • PGCE (Post Grad) qualification at Central Saint Martins UAL
  • CLTAD qualification at Central Saint Martins UAL
  • Southampton University. Degree (Hons) in Fashion design and pattern cutting.
  • Loughborough University. (BTEC) National Diploma in Fashion Design, pattern cutting and illustration.


University for the Creative Arts (Farnham): Subject Leader - specialising in Fashion design, textiles design, costume design and fashion promotion. Designing and delivery of course curriculum. To enrich research and analytical techniques, idea development, exploration and experimentation of materials, fashion prediction analysis. Teaching a range of instructional techniques to maximise individual learning within a group environment. Management of learning with group & one-to-one tutorials. Writing of lesson plans, Organising student internships at Vauxhall Fashion Scouts, Fashion Designer Davina Hawthorne, Chapman dressing agency and British Fashion Council. Employment and management of relevant delivery, allocation of teaching hours and managing sessional staff. Course and Unit Handbooks and Unit Evaluation. Assessment, I.S and I.V process. Interviews, Planning and preparing briefs, Assessment and I.V procedures of course work, planning and preparing briefs. Recruitment of students including Open days, interviewing and pastoral care. Participating with Peer observation (PSR). To engage in the wider participation of students experience within a HE environment, organising collaborative workshops with relevant HE courses- Photography and textiles.

Kingston University: Sessional staff design module tutor managing 25 first years through 2D design projects supporting research, design development, and interpretation to 3D fashion outcomes also pastoral, support, assessment and feedback.

Central Saint Martins: Artscom short course Subject leader for the fashion rotation teaching International students research techniques, idea development, material exploration, construction of outcome and styling for fashion photograph.

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Association of Illustrators

External examination:

  • External Examination Support and Lead External Moderator at UAL. As UAL Awarding Body External Moderator it is essential to be fair, objective and supportive and encourage development. Feedback to centres is identifying strengths and highlighting good practice as well as any areas for improvement to communicate any issues that require formal actions with the Course Leader. 

Awards, Grants and Commissions:


  • Commissioned to design and make hot pants for Felicity Huffman ‘Lynette’ in the series Desperate Housewives, for nationwide advertising campaign for new series.
  • Commissioned to design and make costume for singer Nadine, Girls Aloud ‘Chemistry’ tour.
  • Seamstress for Noir, Danish fashion design label, part of team preparing and finishing debut collection for London Fashion Week.
  • Sold illustrations through Camera Press image library to: Estonia, Poland, Germany and Norway.
  • Exhibited in Sweden ‘Ingen reklam, tack!’ (‘Advertising, no thanks!’) promoting contemporary illustrators.
  • Assistant stylist to Victoria Adcock styling Cheryl Tweedy for Beckham pre-World cup party.
  • Worked with American styling team through Purple PR Agency to style P Diddy and guests for the Pre World Cup Beckham Party.
  • Illustrator for magazines: Stool Pigeon, Idler, Smoke and Camera Press.
  • Illustrated album cover for unsigned band ‘Tamer’.
  • Illustrated book with Canadian actor/author Matt Austin ‘The Whale who ate the elephant’.
  • Refitted corsets for Kylie Minogue’s Showgirl tour.
  • Assistant to Roberto Cavalli’s head tailor fitting dress to the fashion editor of G.Q.
  • Stylist team for Mariah Carey’s London promotional tour of her new album ‘Emancipation of Mimi’.
  • Worked with stylist team for Brittany Murphy’s Japanese Premiere of Sin City.
  • Worked with stylist team for Charlotte Church’s interview for the ‘Parkinson show’ and for Charlotte Church’s G.Q. Awards, in which the bra Aimee constructed featured as the front page fashion supplement.
  • Illustrator for: Sleazenation, Adrenalin, Tank, Mayfair and fashion company Voodoo Dolls.
  • Book illustration for author Chris Roberts ‘Heavy words thrown lightly’.
  • Joint Illustration show advertisement recruitment agency, Major Players.
  • Featured artist for Webesteem Polish on-line magazine.
  • Fashion designer for Duck and Cover women’s wear S/S 2004, designing wovens, jersey and textile prints, liaising with factories and fashion illustrations for look book.
  • Illustrated for magazines: Lab, Large, Aviso, Bogey and Sleazenation.
  • Featured artist (with nine others) as ‘Artist of the future’ competition, for Sleazenation magazine.
  • Wax new media creating Flash animated web greeting cards.
  • Storyboard artist for company Captain Photon, Ricochet films and Bruce Dunlop agency.
  • Conceptual illustrator for international marketing agency What-if?
  • Illustrator for magazines: Televisual, loaded, N.M.E, Menshealth, Elle, Rank, Ape, and Sleazenation.
  • Illustrator for magazines N.M.E, Menshealth, Elle, Rank, Ape, Sleazenation and Loaded.
  • Fashion Designer and illustrator for Coppernob wholesale design studio, liaising with factories, presenting fashion predictions to studio team, making and creating mood boards, showing at Premier Vision Paris and in Dusseldorf.
  • Fashion Designer for Red or Dead: illustrator and surface pattern designer.