Craig Higgins is a fashion designer and educator.
He has worked in the high-end fashion industry and across the university sector. His work draws on interests in heritage skills and the artisanal methods used in the production of luxury goods and bespoke items.
His course leadership has explored interrelationships between technologies, techniques, conceptual thinking and design translation.
Craig graduated from the University of Brighton in 1996 and has worked professionally at the top end of the Fashion Industry. Having exhibited and showed his own collections in London and Paris during the 1990’s, a collaborative partnership with a printed textiles designer. Together they produced womenswear collections with and emphasis on colour and drape, fusing creative approaches to surface pattern and embellishment with innovative pattern cutting methodologies and tailoring. The collections featured in key press and sold internationally through high-end independent boutiques and department stores. His professional experience has also included working with top international fashion designers, Sonnentag Mulligan, John Galliano, Emma Cook and Roland Mouret, with whom he worked as a sampling consultant and creative pattern-cutter. During this time he has developed an in-depth understanding of contemporary fashion design and industry practice as well as skills in fashion design, creative pattern cutting and garment manufacture.
Craig has extensive experience with the Teaching and Learning of Fashion Design, having gained a PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education in 2009 and has worked across the UK Higher Education sector at undergraduate and postgraduate level for over 14 years. Craig’s work in HE has been within a variety of roles at The University of Brighton, London College of Fashion, The University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka and at Norwich University of the Arts, were he has played a key role in the delivery and development of the BA and MA courses in the subject area. In 2011 receiving a Student Experience award in recognition of his work and contribution to the subject.
Craig's research and practice, through its materials focus and couture/ craft approach explores notions of Luxury and Value, in particular those associated with quality and craftsmanship. An interest in heritage skills and the artisanal methods used in the production of luxury goods, couture and bespoke clothing, jewellry and accessories informs Craig’s work, which explores luxury branding, materiality, sentiment and memory. Focusing on the enduring value and personal attachments people form with luxury branded and couture/ bespoke items work exploits and examines the relationships between garment, accessory and the wearer.
Through the PG Teaching Certificate in Higher Education, Craig developed an interest in the pedagogy of fashion design and has been engaged in the development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning within the subject, in particularly the transfer and development of core skills within the fashion design process, creativity and technical skills development. Craig has worked on action learning projects and student case studies which explore the interaction of creative and technical skills and the integration of digital and manual methods within the environment of the design studio. Examining the pedagogy of creativity and creative practice and the interrelationships between technologies, techniques, conceptual thinking and design translation.
"British menswear leading the way! ‘Heritage’ in Premium British Menswear: Innovations, Providing Solutions Towards a More Sustainable Future?" Paper delivered to the Fashion Colloquia, London September 2011 held at London College of Fashion during London Fashion Week. Published online as part of conference proceedings.
D3O LAB ( February 06 – March 07)
D3O Lab are a materials technology company who design and make an intelligent, flexible material for use as impact protection.
Main areas of responsibility were to work on creating a range of bespoke garment solutions for a number of development athletes who were performing at the highest levels in their sports’. These sports included, snow and mountain sports, equestrian sports, street sports such as skateboarding and parcour, hockey and rugby. I also worked on providing client lead integration solutions for a number of high-end, performance sportswear brands and defence apparel which are now on the market.
Emma Cook Ltd. (seasonally 2001-2002)
I was involved in developing with Emma, a balanced range for the 3 collections on which I consulted through 3-D development and pattern cutting of final designs. The collections on which I consulted had a surface textiles approach and included, printed, emroidered, manipulated and treated fabrics these techniques were often used to direct the garment shapes. I provided instruction and information to students on work placement and to sample machinists. I also carried out some manufacturing of specific showpieces for the catwalk shows.
Roland Mouret (December 2000-February 2001)
I worked on the production of Roland’s Spring/Summer 2001 collection and pattern cut and produced samples for his Autumn/Winter 2001/2 collection. This involved working with Roland and his non-traditional approaches to garment construction techniques, developing his first structured trouser and tailored jacket shapes.
Own Label Shows, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs
COLLECTION SPRING SUMMER 1999
Paris-sur-Mode : Trade exhibition during Paris fashion week in October 1998
London Designers Exhibition : Trade exhibition during London fashion week. Catwalk Show held at The European Academy for the Arts London in September 1998
COLLECTION AUTUMN WINTER 1998
Paris-sur-Mode : Trade exhibition during Paris fashion week in March 1998
London Designers Exhibition : Trade exhibition during London fashion week. Catwalk Show held at The Austrian Embassy in London in Feb 1998
COLLECTION SPRING SUMMER 1998
Catwalk show and showroom held at the Austrian Trade Commission in London during London fashion week in September 1997
COLLECTION AUTUMN WINTER 1997
Showroom X : Showroom during London fashion week alongside Camilla Staerk, Kei Kagami, Chowles Munday and Lo and Cabon.