David Stirling Frizzell

Design Lecturer / Head of First Year


David Stirling Frizzell is a London based fashion designer. He graduated from the MA Fashion course at St Martin's School of Art in 1994. Since then he has built a 19 year, highly respected career as an industry designer working internationally over a wide range of fashion product.

Immediately after graduating he spent 4 years in product development, cutting and tailoring at the Stephen Marks Group, home to French Connection and Nicole Farhi. From there he moved to Jigsaw menswear/Uth, where he was relied on to combine precision cutting with progressive design.

This was followed by a further 6 years as a Senior Designer at French Connection where he travelled and worked extensively through Europe and Asia.

His experience there led to him being approached by clothing company Allsaints, where he became Head of Design for 2 years.

This was followed by an 18 month term as Head Men’s and boyswear designer for iconic fashion house Cacharel, in Paris. It was at this time he also embarked on a career in education: lecturing at Central St Martins, Ravensbourne, Winchester School of Art and now at Kingston where he is fully committed to providing dynamic, compelling fashion solutions.

Parallel to his in-house posts David continued freelance commisions with designers such as Joe Casely-Hayford, Eley Kishimoto, Red or Dead and Calvin Klein.

The most recent development in David's design career is an exciting ongoing project with textile innovators, Alison Hume and Matthew Tennant.

David was invited by the designers to work with their hand-processed and digital fabrics.

This collaboration has evolved into the design and 3D development of clothing prototypes from scratch, using dramatic often radical, textiles. Here he accentuates the concept, print, colour and fabrication by engineering the cut and fashion of the garment to maximum visual effect.

The end results are unique, highly experimental garments sold as inspiration to an international client list including Valentino, Calvin Klein, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Etro, Marc Jacobs, Banana Republic, Viktor and Rolf and many others. The work has proved so successful they have now, on request, gone retail with the prototypes and are selling a capsule collection ‘MADe’ in New York ….

'most of my time my ideas come from working out how to update or improve details or flaws that irritate me or could be done better. I have always been interested in building and form.... function and problem solving are where my design origins lay as opposed to just the pure aesthetic'....

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