Nicky Vu

Programme Co-ordinator/ Fashion Lecturer

Nicky Vu graduated from the Masters Material Futures course at Central St. Martins, where he was specialized in fashion design and received trainings in trend forecast, communication design and sustainability. Besides fashion, Nicky also has interests and frequently works in graphic and research-led design projects.

During his time in London, Nicky has the opportunity to work and develop his skills in the industry from interning for fashion house GILES, mentoring young students in ‘Concept to Catwalk’ competition and working as a junior designer and product developer for independent fashion label MATAR. With his background in fashion design and production, Nicky co-found Nutsclub, a menswear fashion brand in Hanoi. In this establishment, Nicky works as a creative director, overseeing the design and development of all collections, as well as being involved in the business and marketing side of the company. With the education gained from prestigious institutions and professional experience from the industry, Nicky offers students a current perspective from the local and international market, and the knowledge in both the creative and production side of the profession.


Mark Shevlane

Graphic Design Lecturer

Mark has a Bachelor degree of Fine Art from the University of Wolver Hampton, UK and a master degree of International Studies from Concordia Irvine University, USA.

He has over 11 years’ experience of international education as a university lecturer and international school teacher in Beijing and Shanghai and recently, Hanoi. He has been the Head of Art at International school of Vietnam, Hanoi since 2016 and also an IELTS and IB Visual Art examiner.

Mark is most passionate about continuous learning, people and servant leadership.


May Cortazzi

Head of Fashion Design

May has graduated from the University of Northumbria and obtained a Master degree in Fashion Design from the Nottingham Trent University. She’s been working in fashion industry since the year 2000 both for high-end labels as well as develop her own label in all areas including design, sales and marketing and production.

She has achieved many awards from fashion industry such as Green Business Award by Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, Nottingham Creative Business Award by Nottingham City Council and shortlisted for UK Fashion Entrepreneur Award organized by the British Council.

May has taught students on fashion programs since 2004 in the UK and Indonesia and Thailand. She’s also been experience in International exhibition and international catwalk shows.

Mitchell Vassie

Mitchell Vassie

Programme Leader: Fashion

Mitchell Vassie has more than 23 years of experience in both men’s and womenswear at different levels of the European and American markets. He has worked for brands such as Karen Millen, Dockers/Levis Strauss, R.M. Williams/LVMH, Ted Baker, Landsend’ etc. He also taught Fashion at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), USA where he focused on all aspects of design, from fashion design to concept, denim and fashion history. In the courses that he teaches, Mitchell always focuses on Sustainability and the understanding of aesthetics, proportion and the zeitgeist of global cultures.

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Titi Rylander

Fashion Lecturer

Titi Rylander has an MA from The Royal College of Art and a BA in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. With over 20 years of design experience including almost 10 years with couturier Anna Valentine, she has learned to appreciate the craft, and a slower approach in fashion. Over the past 4 years she taught fashion design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), USA. She has participated and won prizes in design competitions organized by Calvin Klein, Levis, Uniqlo.


Mark Bellingham

Programme Leader – Graphic Design

Mark has been a Pathway Leader for Graphic Design at University for the Creative Arts since 2000. He has worked with BA, MA and PHD students, and is an external moderator for University of the Arts, London.

He is passionate about teaching and learning and is always looking for new ways to engage students with ideas, practice and research. He has developed curriculums to enable a creative and experimental approaches to visual communication which has developed from his interests in fine art, photography, time based media and typography. He is currently researching the idea of the ‘image as object’ in the post internet era, from analogue and digital books, billboards and installation. Likes: food music travel.


Kasia Piechota

Programme Leader - Interior Design & Architecture

Kasia graduated from University of the Arts London, then she has been lecturing on interior and spatial design courses at University of the Arts London and other London based colleges. She has several years of lecturing experience at Higher Education and Further Education level as well as management experience in Art and Design sector. Along her teaching practice Kasia has been working as a freelance interior designer for UK based companies such as DesignScene, VT Architects, B3 Designers on various design projects in residential, hospitality design and design for events sector. Kasia is also an Associate Member of British Institute of Interior Design.

Kasia’s research interests are situated in interdisciplinary approaches to design of public interiors and immersive spaces that can reduce physical, social and cultural boundaries.


Gary Wilson

Fashion Design Lecturer

Gary Wilson graduated from Northumbria University where he also taught on the Fashion BA (HONS) course for several years mentoring students from level 4 to level 6 aiding in the development of their final collections for graduate fashion week (GFW). Furthermore he has been responsible for many fashion show productions for the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, the BBC and more recently in Vietnam.

Gary has been a designer and pattern cutter for several industry leaders such as Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh and KTZ as well as undertaking the role of studio manager for the U.K. brand Isolated Heroes. Alongside this Gary has been running his own label back in the U.K. developing his own collections and working for celebrity clients such as Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Shystie and multiple cast members of the Emmy award winning television series RuPaul’s Drag Race. His work has been featured worldwide both online and in print for publications such as WeAr Global Magazine, Style Noir, IN Magazine and Dazed & Confused.


Gilly Staples

Fashion Programme Leader

Gilly Staples has been the Fashion Design Course Leader at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is also an elected trustee at Graduate Fashion Foundation – a charitable organization established to find and support potential fashion designers with education and employment.

Gilly has many years of experience in teaching, developing, and managing Fashion Programmes at universities and institutions in the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Her main teaching areas including Developing Fashion, Women’s and Menswear Design and Manufacture, Brand Management, Fashion Collection, Pattern Draping and Drafting, Sustainable Design, etc., Gilly also has been an external examiners at different universities, including Middlesex Univeristy, Univerisity for the Creative Arts, University of West London, Northumbria University, Manchester Metropolitan University, to name a few.


Vivienne Austin

Senior Fashion Lecturer

Vivienne Austin graduated from Central St. Martins and recently obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Fashion & the Environment at the London College of Fashion. She has taught fashion courses in various colleges and universities in the UK, including the Royal College of Art, Winchester School of Art (BA Course) where she mentored students developing their final collections for graduate fashion week (GFW).

Vivienne has been head designer at several ready-to-wear and sportswear companies in the UK and in the USA. Creating swimwear/active wear collections for an array of established companies ranging from large distribution groups, such as Sara Lee and Liz Claiborne in the USA, to exclusive high-end labels including the British heritage brand Liberty. She’s also worked as a design consultant for Courtaulds, a major supplier to Marks and Spencer and developed the first swimwear collection for the iconic brand ‘Biba’ for House Of Fraser.


Donna Bramhall

Design Lecturer

Donna Bramhall is the founder of vintage textiles business Spinsters Emporium and currently works as a freelance fashion textile designer HaberdasherMe.

Donna has studied all aspects of fashion design for over 10 years and has worked as a fashion designer in New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong and London. Donna now specialises on lecturing in research and development, portfolio presentation, fashion marketing and cultural studies.

Donna’s other areas of interest include ethical and sustainable practice in fashion education, and textile designs from around the world.


Sam Murdoch

Drawing & Illustration Lecturer

Sam Murdorch graduated from London University of the Arts in Illustration. He is freelance illust director from Brighton, UK. Through his experience collaborating with UK agencies over the past had the pleasure of working with some well known brands and organisations. Sam started teaching at the London College for Design & Fashion (Hanoi) as Drawing and Illustra Sam has particular experience and interest in; Creative direction, commercial illustration, animat traditional), storyboarding, book cover design, logo design, graffiti, character design, mural painting, watching cartoons, drinking dark beer & napping in the sun.

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