Caroline is a part time lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course. She also supervises students on MA Creative Practice.
She completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to teaching Caroline’s fashion experience is within womenswear as a designer.
Alongside garment design her specialism is hand drawn fashion illustration. The majority of her commissioned illustration has been for the trend forecasting industry.
Her design work has featured in Drapers and she has exhibited in a number of exhibitions in London, including ‘The Show’, ‘Work in Progress and ‘Graduate Fashion Week’.
Since 2003 Caroline has taught across many aspects of the fashion programme at Leeds Arts University both in a full and part time capacity; presently focused on creative visual research, conceptual design development and final year portfolio modules.
In 2016 she curated an internationally peer reviewed exhibition at the University titled ‘The Radical Decade.’ This exhibition presented the work of the influential fashion designer Gerald McCann, the dynamic social, cultural and political changes in the 1960s and their impact on fashion.
Works on display acknowledged McCann’s impact on the British Fashion Industry and his design influence in New York.
In response to this exhibition Caroline presented her research to date at the first fashion symposium held at the University.
This was also followed with a paper, Gerald McCann: The Rediscovery of a Fashion Designer, published in Costume :The Journal of the Costume Society, volume 52, number 1, March 2018; exploring further the impact of her research and how students engaged with the use of archives through her teaching.
To date Caroline’s ongoing research interests in fashion curation continue through the planning of an exhibition and academic paper focusing on the preservation and relevance of hand drawing within fashion design.
Her own fashion practice explores interdisciplinary methodology, including a fine art approach to fashion illustration.
Almond, K. and Riches, C. (2018) ‘Gerald McCann: the rediscovery of a fashion designer’, The Journal of the Costume Society, 52 (1), pp. 97-122.
Riches, C. (2016) The Radical Decade. Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University. 7 October – 16 December 2016.