Colin McDowell

Colin McDowell is one of the world’s top fashion commentators. He is best known as the Sunday Times’ chief fashion writer and for his role as the founder of the influential Fashion Fringe, a major initiative supporting young designers.

He knows the fashion business from both sides of the catwalk. He spent 10 years as a designer, illustrator and publicist in the Italian fashion business, where he worked with highly respected artist and couturier, Pino Lancetti.

Mr McDowell has been a journalist for over 20 years and has at one time or another written for every quality newspaper and magazine in Britain. For the past 15 years he has a been fashion writer for The Sunday Times Style, for which he has reported each season from the international fashion weeks, covering couture, women’s ready-to-wear and menswear.

A dear friend of The Woolmark Company, Mr McDowell has played an integral role in the International Woolmark Prize and has sat on the judging panel and acted as a mentor to the designers. Here, he writes exclusively for, sharing with us his view and insights into the global fashion and textile world.  To read his article:

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