Caryn Franklin

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Caryn Franklin
Caryn Franklin

(1959-01-11)11 January 1959
ResidenceLondon, UK
EducationKingston University
OccupationProfessor of Diversity in Fashion

Caryn Franklin MBE (born 11 January 1959)[1] is a British fashion commentator and Professor of Diversity in Fashion. She was former Fashion Editor and Co-Editor of i-D Magazine[2] in the '80s and has been a commentator on fashion, image and identity politics for nearly 35 years. She regularly blogs from her website.


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 has contributed to many national newspapers and magazines. She has four books to her name, including a novel.[2] A broadcaster, writer, director and producer, she has worked with many major networks to produce TV shows and documentaries. This included BBC's The Clothes Show which ran for 12-years from 1986-98[2] and BBC's Style Challenge, which ran for 3 years from 1996-99. Other shows included, Swank C4, The Frock and Roll Years C4, Style Bible Granada, Well Woman, Granada, The All New Clothes Show UKTV Style. She also created documentary tributes for ITV featuring designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson, Philip Treacy and Agnes B.

Caryn is regularly called upon to act as a silent partner consultant for a range of commercial companies, as well as debate and deconstruct fashion for a variety of audiences, or host or compere events. She has given after-dinner speeches, mentoring presentations, chaired panels and facilitated events for brands and organisations as diverse as Coca-Cola, Merrill 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.

Working with her business partner Jane Galpin, she recently hosted the Guinness World Record Breaking 'Most Models on the Catwalk,' event in Liverpool 2015 conceived by Wayne Hemmingway. The event not only took a new world record with over 3,600 models appearing on stage but it also prioritised diversity in the community. From their own company Brilliant Caryn and Jane have worked with many mainstream retailers including Platinum Guild, Royal Mint, Next, Debenhams and Arcadia and NBrown. Both are working on the latest project around Bodymapping called Sizing up Britain. This will bring bespoke fit experience to the highstreet.

Franklin has worked in education throughout her career, as an external assessor and lecturer for several colleges, including The Royal College of Art, Central St Martins and the London College of Fashion.[2]

Caryn is Education Director at Clothes Show Live and a regular contributor to i-D online. She has recently collaborated with i-D to create a new section entitled Cool Psychology.

She collected an Honorary Fellowship from The Arts University College at Bournemouth, is a visiting Fellow at London College of Fashion and has an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University. She now also holds a professorship at Kingston University.[citation needed]


She attended Kingston University London, achieving BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. She completed a postgraduate degree at Central St Martins on typography and photography. More recently Franklin completed an MSc in Applied Psychology at London College of Fashion under Dr Carolyn Mair.[citation needed]


As a fashion activist, Franklin has been vocal about unachievable body image ideals since the early 90s and has co created a variety of campaigns from Fashion Cares in the 80's which addressed AIDS fundraising to co-chairing Fashion Targets Breast Cancer since 1996 with designer Amanda Wakeley,[2] which has helped spread the important message of 'early detection saves lives,' and contributed to the build and maintain Britain's first ever Breast Cancer Research Centre.

In 2007, Franklin proposed the Centre of Sustainability at London College of Fashion and is one of its ambassadors, promoting the debate around ethical sourcing and supply. Having visited a variety of garment worker projects she is a supporter of sustainable fashion business and has made regular contributions to many slow fashion campaigns.

In 2009 the launch of the "All Walks" led to many opportunities for further debate around the lack of diversity in fashion. Caryn became a member of Gov Minister Lynne Featherstone's and Jo Swinson's Body Confidence steering committee, meeting regularly with members of parliament, educationalists and mental health experts. She has also advised the Women's Equality Party on fashion ethics and has contributed to new policy debates within the Advertising Standards Authority

All Walks Beyond The Catwalk[edit]

In 2009, Franklin co-founded the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk with Debra Bourne and Erin O'Connor, an initiative which promotes diverse beauty ideals.[2] All Walks collaborates with emerging designers, established big names in fashion and colleges and universities nationwide to add the concept of emotionally considerate design and diversity to the curriculum. Also created was Edinburgh College of Art, All Walks Diversity Network launched at Graduate Fashion Week in June 2011, attended by Govt. Minister Lynne Featherstone.

Personal life[edit]

She has two daughters, Mateda and Roseby,[3] and is married to Bafta winner and RTS award-winning film maker Ian Denyer.[4]

In 2013, Franklin was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours for services to diversity in the fashion industry.[5]


  1. ^ BFI | Film & TV Database | FRANKLIN, Caryn. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Caryn Franklin". Jo Wander Management. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  3. ^ My Home: Caryn Franklin, TV presenter. The Independent (23 May 2007). Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  4. ^ Groskop, Viv (5 March 2013). "Caryn Franklin: My double life as a carer". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  5. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 17.

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