Professor Frances Corner OBE

frances corner




Head of London College of Fashion


Professor Frances Corner OBE is Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor Digital of University of the Arts London.   

Frances champions the use of fashion as an agent for innovation and change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, health and well-being. She is the author of the book 'Why Fashion Matters'.

A woman who has inspired me

“Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.” - Doris Lessing

My words to share with others

I am a fashion activist and I am committed to using the power of fashion to tackle social, environmental, economic, and ethical issues. Many people see fashion as ephemeral and frivolous but I see it as a creative, enterprising, multi-faceted industry that is vital to our economic and personal well-being.

My thoughts on feminism and women’s suffrage

Despite the work of the suffragettes almost a century ago, many female rights, be it abortion rights or equality in the workplace, remain under threat. We’ve still got a long way to go in terms of gender pay, representation of women on boards and in parliament. There are also issues around exploitation and marginalisation within both the developed and developing world. London College of Fashion is essentially a women’s college - 85% of our students are female.  Fashion is an industry dominated by females, with over three quarters of garment workers being women, and their exploitation remains one of the industry’s most significant challenges. So, the mission of the suffragettes in supporting women’s rights is one we as a college feel compelled to continue. For me, suffrage still has a key role to play for all women and girls.