Caryn Franklin Fashion Commentator MBE
Former i-D Magazine fashion editor and co-editor for 6 years and BBC Broadcaster for 15 years presenting and directing The Clothes Show, and later studio presenter for Style Challenge Caryn has always been interested in the politics of image and self-esteem as well as straight fashion. Her projects have involved refugees in battle zones, workers in free-trade-zone slums, mental health experts, MP's and Gov. Ministers and of course the fashion industry’s innovators.
She’s interviewed everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Georgio Armani and created televised tributes at the V&A for ITV featuring Vivienne Westwood and Philip Treacy amongst others. She has authored and co-produced numerous fashion programmes and documentaries for BBC 1, Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, Granada and UKTV Style and has written for a host of national publications and produced 4 books.
Education has featured throughout her career. An external assessor, course validator and lecturer in colleges like Central St Martins, London College of Fashion and Royal College of Art, Caryn has an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University, is an Honorary Fellow at the Arts University College of Bournemouth and a Visiting Fellow at London College of Fashion. She is an ambassador for the London College of Fashion's Centre of Sustainability. She is also the education ambassador for the UK's premier fashion consumer-show: Clothes Show Live – a brand she has worked with since its beginning 22 years ago.
She has co-chaired award-winning Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, from 1994 onwards and since 2009 has dedicated her time to fashion activism, co-founding the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, to promote sustainable body and beauty ideals and emotionally considerate fashion practice. This initiative has changed university curriculums, and reaches internationally – engaging with institutions in Canada and Australia. She helped create the Diversity Network at Edinburgh College of Art and the Body Confidence Awards at Parliament. In March 2013 she collected an MBE for services to Positive Body Image and Diversity in Fashion.
Caryn is regularly called upon to act as a silent partner consultant for a range of commercial companies or debate and deconstruct fashion for a variety of audiences. She has worked with many mainstream retailers including Platinum Guild, Royal Mint, Next, Debenhams and Arcadia; given after-dinner speeches, mentoring presentations, chaired panels and facilitated events for brands and organisations as diverse as Coca Cola, Meryll Lynch, Wella, L’Oreal, Gov. Minister Jo Swinson’s Press Office, Graduate Fashion Week, National Portrait Gallery, Cambridge University, SHOWstudio and the V&A Museum.