Yvonne Deacon

Position: Lecturer in Fashion Design
Email: DeaconY@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Fashion and Design​

Professional Biography

As a fashion design specialist Yvonne graduated from Kingston University in 1973 at the height of the Biba, Glamrock, vintage clothing and denim phenomena.

Working from central London, her focus was in cutting edge gender free unisex fashion fusing a deep interest for utility and workwear aesthetics into contemporary collections.

Designing for young menswear companies during the 1970s she is recognised as the first to introduce the cargo pant, combat trouser and hoody into her collections and the fashion arena. Collections were shown in Paris, New York and Japan, selling thousands of pieces, to an international market, leading the way for a huge explosion of utility wear, now a staple of the industry.

Modelling and cutting has been an abiding obsession, often the inspiration behind collection ideas, dictating the silhouette and construction. After a year placement with tailor Eric Joy in Savile Row her practice incorporates traditional cutting with a fusion inspired by Japanese techniques and sensuality, often underpinned by literary historic themes, first discovered working for Johnsons with Lloyd Johnson, No!Yes? with Sue Jenkyn Jones and in costumes for dance with The Kosh.

Yvonne achieved a successful career as a creative and individual fashion designer for concept driven menswear, womenswear and stage-wear. However it has been as a teaching practitioner in higher education with a wealth of experience and background knowledge she found that working with students in their development and interpretation of their own projects and collections offered most freedom of expression and ultimate satisfaction.


  • PGCE cert Southampton Solent University 2009.
  • Dip AD (BA equi) Hons in Fashion Design awarded by Kingston School of Art University) by CNAA, 1973

Relevant Past Employment

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton 2008 - 2014
  • Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University 1989-2005
  • Design Practitioner in menswear with Cockell and Johnsons, Hoofer and Johnsons.
  • Womenswear designer, cutter, wholesaler and retailer Earlybird, ‘Bohemian’ (My own label), NoYes.
  • Costume designer for Adam and the Ants, David Essex, Romeo Gigli, The Kosh Contemporary dance running costume design and wardrobe over many productions.
  • Visting Lecturer teaching at Ravensbourne, Central Saint Martins , University of Brighton, Winchester, RCA and others.

Teaching & Course Development

Active development of the courses taught by initiating content and practice across all three BA years within Fashion Design subjects. L4 Design Process; L4 Fashion Trend, L5 Design Studio 1 and 2; L5 Creative Drape; L6 Pre Collection; L6 Collections also Summer school courses in Fashion Journalism and Fashion Styling.

Yvonne has also written two of the term briefs for the department ‘Gold’ and ‘Whitechapel’


Research Supervision

Fashion BA at Gloscat, Fashion and Textiles BA at Winchester

Research Interests


  • Costume Design and Production for 13+ Stage presentations for The Kosh Dance Company for world wide performance tours


  • Contributed to book chapters and illustrations for 3 issues of Fashion Design Portfolio written by Sue Jenkyn Jones. Published by Laurence King.
  • Creative Fashion Drawing (Essential Guide to Drawing) by Noel ChapmanJudith Cheek Published October 15th 2013 by Arcturus Publishing Limited
  • Contibutions to The Secrets of Fashion Drawing by Noel ChapmanJudith Cheek Published November 1st 2014 by Arcturus Publishing Limited

Other Outputs

Currently working to contribute to Ditchling Museums project, inspired by the Ethel M Mairet book of Natural Vegetable Dying.

Last updated: 08 December 2017