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Ms Basia Szkutnicka
Professor of Practice (Fashion Design)
Fashion & Textile Design
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Basia Szkutnicka is Professor of Practice and Programme Director of the MA in Fashion & Textile Design.

Once described as 'A breath of fresh air' by Susie Menkes in the International Herald Tribune, Basia specializes in design thinking, idea generation, creative design process, curriculum development and innovation, forecasting and nurturing young talent.

She is a visionary thinker and influencer, well respected in the global fashion community for her ability to move fashion forward by inspiring and motivating students and designers worldwide. Her reputation as an innovator has resulted in invitations to jury fashion shows and competitions across the globe.

After completing an Art Foundation course at Camberwell School of Art and upon graduating from St Martins School of Art with a First class Honours Degree in Fashion Design in the competitive 1980's, Basia launched her own brand at London Fashion Week. She worked with her mentor Isabella Blow on avant-garde projects, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Roberts, Judy Blame, Zanna. Her work was featured in British Tatler, American Vogue, The Face, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Standard, Blitz magazine, Nova, ID, The Daily Mail YOU Magazine, International Textiles, and Moda.

Over the last 25 years she has worked as Programme Director, design educator, author, writer, freelance designer and creative consultant.

Prior to joining ITC Basia was the Director of the Study Abroad Programme at London College of Fashion (UAL) where over 15 years she created and developed a unique educational model, a beacon of excellence, henceforth her alumni and Fashion faculty network is global and prestigious.

Basia is a collector of European and American vintage clothing, shoes and accessories. Her latest book Vintage Fashion - A Fashion Sourcebook, published in 2016 and co-written with Jeffrey Mayer is published in both English and Mandarin.

Her first highly successful book Technical Drawing for Fashion, (now into its second edition), is translated into 8 languages and has been adopted as a text book on Fashion Programmes worldwide. Both books are published by Laurence King and are available on Amazon as well as reputable international bookstores, museums and galleries.

Basia has contributed to fashion magazines and publications writing opinion on fashion culture and style. She has been featured and quoted in a number of fashion books and magazines as well as interviewed for video and fashion reportage. She has participated in radio and TV interviews, as a commentator on fashion opinion and style.

She has worked for Camper footwear (Spain) for over 20 years, initially as a cool hunter, concept generator, retail trend reporter and sourcing innovative materials. She collaborated with the brand on the construction and planning of unique think tank design and creativity workshops which held internationally, most recently in Seoul, South Korea.

Excellence is her aim and the MA in Fashion & Textiles under her leadership, aims to produce creative, forward thinking design innovators who are encouraged to evolve their personal design identity, disrupt and bring new proposals to the fashion landscape.

Basia fosters a futuristic and sustainable approach to learning, referencing the past, living in the present, whilst looking to the future.

Her daily practice and interaction with creatives, contemporary thinkers, young designers and ambitious students is her research.

Area of Specialization

Basia has lectured / run masterclasses, seminars and workshops worldwide in Womenswear design, design thinking, design process, collection / range planning, colour, design inspiration / development, footwear design, future forecasting & technical fashion drawing.

She has dellivered activities / lectured at the following: 


Bretton Hall

Croydon College

Central St Martins

Kingston University 

Leeds University

London College of Fashion

Winchester School of Art


Donghua University, Shanghai


FAAP, SENAC, Santa Marcelina, Sao Paolo

Estacio de Ca, Veiga de Almeida, PUC, Rio de Janeiro


AMFE, Netherlands

Estonian Academy of Arts Tallinn (Contest juror and design thinking workshop / lectures)

University of Ghent, Belgium

Georgia, Caucasus (BENEXT Contest juror and workshop / lecture)

 Jamaica Jamaica style week (fashion workshops)


Bunka Fashion College Osaka & Tokyo

Joshibi University of Art & Design Tokyo

Japan Women's University Tokyo

University of the Arts Nagoya

Van Tan Design Institute Tokyo


Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Lecture 'Love & the Secret of Good Design' )


Universidad de Monterrey


Textile University of Moscow 

Fashion Academy of Natalia Nesterova Moscow

Barhatnye Sezony (Sochi) & Russian Silhouette


Omsk fashion school

Urals (Yekaterinburg): (Intensive 5-hour inspiration and creativity workshop for young designers and fashion students)  


Drexel University Philadelphia

Dominican University Chicago


Iowa State University Des Moines

Lasell College Boston

Mount Mary College Milwaukee

Oklahoma State Oklahoma

St Catherine's College Minneapolis

Stephens College Missouri (Fashion show juror & Curriculum advisor)

Syracuse University Syracuse

University of Connecticut Connecticut

University of Wisconsin Madison

University of Wisconsin Stout Wisconsin

University of California Davis, California

University of Minnesota Minneapolis

University of the Incarnate Word Texas