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British Fashion Council Chief Executive Caroline Rush becomes an Honorary Professor

28 March 2014

Caroline Rush

Caroline Rush

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, was made an Honorary Professor of GCU and gave her Inaugural Professorial Lecture at the GCU British School of Fashion in London last night (Thursday, March 27).

In her lecture “The Evolution of British Fashion”, Professor Rush traced the development of fashion over the past 20 years and predicted aspects of its continuing evolution over the next decade. 

Professor Rush told an audience of students, staff and leading figures from the fashion industry at GCU London: "Our vision for the next three years, and as a starting point to take us to 2020, is that we lead through creative influence and continue to develop an unparalleled environment in which to launch and develop designer businesses."

Professor Rush, originally from Bishopbriggs, has led the British Fashion Council since 2009. She told the audience about her personal journey into the world of fashion, explaining her first foray into the business was in Tokyo where, as a model, she immersed herself in the culture which she said really fed her love of fashion.

Commenting on her appointment as an Honorary Professor, Ms Rush said: “The British School of Fashion is developing pioneering courses to support the business of fashion, which we hope will bring fresh perspectives to our fashion businesses. I am honoured to accept the professorship and delighted to re-connect with my birthplace through the University.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “The GCU British School of Fashion is delighted and honoured to recognise Caroline Rush’s many achievements at the British Fashion Council through the conferment of an Honorary Professorship in Fashion Business. Caroline has been an outstanding advocate in support of British fashion talent. Her influence is truly global and her impact has been to significantly enhance the prospects of young professionals as they enter the fashion industry.”

The British School of Fashion also announced the launch of two new Masters programmes and a new Women in Fashion research programme, building on its pioneering work to meet the evolving needs of a fast-paced industry.

The new programmes include a Masters in Digital Fashion and a Masters in Fashion Business Creation. The School’s new Women in Fashion research programme will explore how the biggest and most economically significant buying sector influences fashion choices in most households and its implications for business. Commissioned by industry leaders, the research will focus on how women feel about their treatment by fashion businesses, how ageing and life experiences shape buying decisions, recognise and understand women’s contribution to the industry and understand where and why women are excluded from the industry.

Director of the British School of Fashion and GCU Assistant Vice Principal for Brand Development Professor Christopher Moore said: “The new additions to our portfolio clearly demonstrate that GCU’s British School of Fashion is at the forefront of developments in fashion business post-graduate teaching and research. We have combined the very latest fashion business developments with cutting-edge academic thinking to generate challenging, relevant and worthwhile initiatives.”