Colin McDowell is one of the Fashion Industry’s most senior and respected fashion commentators, with a global profile and following, from his thirty years in the business.
During that time he has acted as magazine editor, illustrator, commentator and writer as well as being the only major fashion writer to have worked as a dress designer for several years. He is the author of over 20 books related to fashion & style and has written various scripts for television and radio programmes devoted to the social history of dress.His work has appeared in all the major British quality newspapers as well as many UK and international magazines and periodicals. For many years he was the Senior Fashion Writer for The Sunday Times Style Magazine.
McDowell has curated a number of exhibitions including in 2003, MANOLO BLAHNIK at The Design Museum, DRAWING FASHION in 2010 also at the Design Museum, and MASTERS OF STYLE in 2011 at Somerset House. He is currently working on an exhibition for late 2013 and his next book, The Anatomy of Fashion, will be published by Phaidon in the same year. He is also Creative Director of the Audi Fashion Festival (AFF), Singapore.
McDowell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Senior Fellow of the Royal College and holder of several honorary degrees, doctorates and professorships from some of the UK’s most prestigious fashion-related universities. In 2008 he was appointed MBE by the Queen for services to international fashion.
He is the Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Fringe – an initiative set up in 2003 with IMG in order to strengthen London as a fashion centre by stemming the ‘brain drain’ of young designers who were forced to find work abroad as there was so little possibility of making a living in the United Kingdom.
During the nine years of existence, Fashion Fringe has discovered and sustained seventeen young talents currently owning their own businesses and showing their work to foreign press and buyers each season in London. But McDowell is most proud of the mentoring programme he set up as part of Fashion Fringe to inform and train the Finalists of the platform in the things necessary for running and sustaining a business. The Fashion Fringe format has since been adopted all over the world.
Colin McDowell is one of the international fashion elite, an insider renowned for his insightful judgement, deep knowledge of the arts and his long-term commitment to the global fashion industry.