Fashion & Textiles Tutors
Stefanie Agternkamp, Fashion Tutor (Pattern Cutting & Construction Introduction)
Stefanie Agternkamp is a practicing pattern cutter and has worked in the fashion industry since 2000. After completing her Fashion Design Diploma in 2002, she has been working as a senior pattern cutter, studio manager and work placement coordinator for a womenswear designer in London. Her responsibilities include drafting sampling patterns, conducting fittings, working on pattern amendments, costings, lay plans, production patterns and specification sheets and liaising with designers, sample machinists and overseas suppliers. She also instructs learners on work experience placements within the company.
In addition to her fashion industry role, she has been teaching at WMC-The Camden College since 2013. Bringing industry-led experience to the class room, she is giving learners an insight into pattern and garment construction techniques and helping them develop their creative pattern cutting, sewing and fitting skills for womens, mens and childrenswear.
Karen Shannon, Fashion Tutor (Hat Making)
Karen is a milliner with 25 years’ experience making hats and headwear for Stage and Screen. She studied at the London College of Fashion and the Royal College of Art, where her growing interest in millinery led her to work for Royal milliner, Frederick Fox, and later Stephen Jones, where she enjoyed the more creative approach of working. Based in Clerkenwell for 17 years, her credits include, Star Wars ‘The Phantom Menace’, ‘The Fall’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Master and Commander’, ‘The Golden Age’ and ‘In the Heart of the Sea’.
Clients include The National Theatre, Shakepeare`s Globe, The English National Opera, RSC, The BBC, ITV, Rambert Dance Company, Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet
She recently collaborated with Ochre interiors to design and sample their new range of lighting ‘Mirage’.
Karen also teaches millinery Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and The London College of Fashion.
Rosanna Bottiglieri graduated from Central St Martins in 1989 with a degree in Textile Design, since then she has combined teaching with freelance design work selling her designs internationally to both Interior and Fashion houses. Many years later a Masters degree in Fine Art Print led to the development of collaborative projects with fellow artists and designers, styling and developing mixed media ideas for film and photographic projects.
My Grandmother and Mother taught me how to sew and knit when I was little. My sister made me a suitcase full of clothes for my doll as a present and it really inspired me to create my own doll’s clothes. This passion went on to become an obsession to create clothes for myself and friends. I spent hours drawing and designing clothes and left school with an idea of becoming a window dresser. One day a friend just said you should go to Art School and study fashion. I had not studied art at school so I went to evening classes to do an A level and applied for a foundation at Brighton.
From there I was accepted to St.Martin’s where I studied Fashion/Knit. After college I worked for a knitwear designer and had my own knitwear business with a friend. I found the pattern making side of knitwear very frustrating. The only way I could create patterns was to base them on existing ones. Around this time there was a government scheme to get people back into Industry and I did an intensive pattern cutting course at the London College of Fashion. It was amazing and I learnt so much. It was as if someone had turned the light on for me. I started to look for design jobs and there was a job at Ally Capellino as a pattern cutter. Ally did clothing then and two runway shows a year Summer and Winter for London Fashion week. I worked on Women’s, Men’s, Children’s, Evening wear, Maternity, Leather, Sheepskin, Accessories and Knit. I was with Ally for five years and realised you never stop learning. I then moved on and worked for another designer for 5 years and added swimwear to my skills before becoming a freelance pattern cutter and tutor. This fitted in well around family life.
When my children got older I took a full time job as a pattern cutter for a childrenswear company. I began to teach more frequently and decided to take a teaching qualification over two years. I teach at several colleges in London and still keep my hand in as a freelance pattern cutter. I still thoroughly enjoy the creative process of realising a design from 2D to 3D.