Julia Robson

Assistant Professor

Professional Biography

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins with a degree in fashion journalism, Julia has written widely about fashion, lifestyle and culture. Former staff roles include deputy fashion editor of The Daily Telegraph (15 years) and fashion editor of The Sunday Mirror (3 years); with a background on fashion magazines including British Vogue; Elle; Grazia and digital website Matches.com.

Robson wrote a column on international fashion for The National, the national newspaper of the United Arab Emirates, and is an Associate Lecturer at several universities including UAL, and an external examiner in Specialist Journalism at Cardiff Metropolitan. Fashion Communication projects include educational charity work (prisons) and consultancy for DeBeers diamonds; McArthur Glenn outlets; Next, M&S, Gap and Yahoo. Published fashion writing has appeared in international magazines and newspapers including The Financial Times; The Sunday Telegraph; The Daily Mail, British Airways First Life and Instyle. Most recently she has written on London fashion for Lonely Planet worldwide publications.

Julia Robson has been the Course Leader of MA International Fashion since 2020 and has taught as a Senior Lecturer at Regent's University London since 2016.


  • BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion (2:1)
  • MA Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication (Merit)
  • PG Cert in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication (Distinction)

Past Employment

  • Regents University London 2016-present
  • University of the Arts London 2004-present
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University 2022-present
  • Freelance fashion journalist 2004-present: clients include Telegraph group PLC; Daily Mail; The Financial Times; British Airways. McArthurGlenn; Thomas Pink; Yahoo; Aerial; Next Directory/online; Cordings; DeBeers.
  • Daily Telegraph 1996-2004
  • The Sunday Mirror 1994-1996
  • Daily Telegraph 1988-1994

Other Outputs

Industry/fashion consultancy and journalism

  • 2012-present. Contributor SHOWstudio, London
  • 2015-Present day: Freelance fashion journalist, broadcaster and stylist. Contributing to publications including all Telegraph titles; The Financial Times; The Daily Mail; The Daily Express; The Sunday Express; Grazia; Instyle; You magazine; ES magazine; Stella; British Airways First Life; Country & Town House; Handbag.com. Other media clients: BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour; Sky News, ITN News at Ten, CNN, NBC, Al Jazeera.
  • 2008-2012, fashion columnist, The National, national daily newspaper of UAE.
  • 1996-2005. Deputy Fashion Editor, The Daily Telegraph, British national newspaper
  • 1994-1996. Fashion Editor, The Sunday Mirror newspaper and magazine; fashion correspondent, LIVE! TV
  • 1988-1994. Fashion Stylist and fashion assistant, The Daily Telegraph
  • Fashion intern at British Vogue (6 months); Elle UK (one month).
  • 2008-2016, senior reporter, The LFW Daily, magazine of London Fashion Week.
  • 2008-2012, haute couture reporter, The National; Telegraph.com online/newspaper.
  • 2008-present: brand consultant and copy writer: clients include Next, Grattan, George Asda, F+F Tesco, Thomas Pink, The Gap. 2012-2015, Boden blog.


  • BBC Radio Scotland (January 2024) live broadcast "Scottish Fashion related to Traitors TV show"
  • BBC Breakfast (July 2023) Latest trends in fashion
  • BBC One Show (September 2022) recorded broadcast being interviewed about Queen Elizabeth II
  • Lonely Planet Guide to London (September 23) chapter authored on London gothic fashion

Research Interests

  • Fashion education
  • Sustainable fashion

Research Supervision

  • Good and bad news in journalism
  • Newsworthiness
  • Grotesque in fashion
  • Fashion text and writing

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • NUJ National Union of Journalists
  • HEA Fellow since 2014
  • MA Academic Practice in Art Design and Communication (graduating 2019). This includes Curriculum Creation and Research Through Practice.
  • BA Hons Fashion Communications with Promotion, Central Saint Martins: 2:1 1984. Leeds University, Textile Design BA Hons, first year.
  • 2015 Postgraduate Certificate (Distinction) in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication (University of the Arts, London)
  • Recipient of Outreach Award, The Times Higher Education Awards: Team leader/editor on collaborative project between LCF, Sir John Cass and HMP Send. 2011-15.
  • Governor of St Paul’s CE School, Camden.

Teaching & Course Development

Curriculum development and writing in specialism of fashion communication, marketing and culture.