Principal Lecturer, Fashion Design.
Graduating from Central St Martins School of Art & Design with a BA (Hons) Fashion Womenswear, Clare has spent the last 19 years working in the fashion industry as both a Designer and Educator.
Clare started her career in the UK where she worked as a freelance Fashion and Textile Designer for a number of international fashion labels while also developing her career as a Tutor. Clare went on to establish and lead academic courses based in London as well as designing bespoke educational training and consultancy programmes in fashion and surface print design for industry clients at the London College of Fashion as part of their Fashion Business Resource Studio.
In 2008 Clare relocated to Moscow to establish, author and direct the first international BA (Hons) Fashion Degree Programme in Russia at the British Higher School of Art & Design, Moscow.
Under Clare’s creative direction and leadership, the course has inspired a new generation of fashion designers that are challenging and re-defining the perception of the Russian Fashion industry internationally.
Clare has introduced much needed pedagogic change and innovation to the academic process and over the last 11 years has built an ambitious fashion department. During this time the course has attracted a strong profile spawning some of the most prominent and original fashion talent in Russia with an ever- growing young community of talented and diverse Graduates entering industry at all levels.
Clare’s Graduates showcase their final year collections as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Russia to over 1000 visitors annually. Subsequently, the course receives regular press coverage from Vogue Russia as well as Graduate successes regularly featured in publications such as i-D, Dazed & Confused, Interview and Vogue Italia.
As part of her life and research into Moscow and Russian culture, Clare has been engaged in her own professional practice. She launched her debut collection as part of the British Council’s British Designers Day at Russian Fashion Week and continues to be inspired by her creative and cultural life in Moscow. Clare’s work has featured in The Telegraph, Pop, Style Bubble, the New York Times and The Guardian.
Clare is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is regularly invited to participate in academic and cultural initiatives in Moscow and over the last 11 years has worked closely with the British Council to devise and contribute towards new opportunities and to share expertise to help and further promote a new generation of fashion designers in Russia.
Research / professional practice interests:
● Fashion Print & Surface Design
● Cold War Modernism
● Espionage & Cryptography
● Pre-Revolutionary & Soviet Russian Heritage and Domestic Craftsmanship through a Contemporary lens.
● Grad. Cert. in Education: Teaching and Learning in Art, Design and Communication University of the Arts,
● BA (Hons) Fashion Design Womenswear: Central Saint Martins (1999)
● Foundation Diploma in Art & Design: (Fashion Pathway) Wimbledon School of Art (1996)
Professional qualifications / accreditation:
● Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2020)
● Aliabieva, L. (2010) ‘Vintage Espionage ’ Fashion Theory Russian Edition. The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. Issue 17 pp. 219-222
● Caroll, P. (2010) ‘From Russia with Love – a Postcard from the Catwalk’ The Daily Telegraph Supplement:
Russia Now. Available at:
● Kovtunovich, K. (2010) ‘Made in the UK’ Vogue Russia. July Issue pp. 38-40
● Lau, S. (2010) ‘Spying Through English Eyes’ Style Bubble, 9 th April Available at:
● Nazarova, N. (2015) ’The Dark Attraction of Moscow, Traffic Jams, Underwear Kiosks, Murder and
Gotham City – Moscow through the eyes of Clare Lopeman, BA Fashion Course Director at BHSAD’ Afisha Magazine. Available at: https://daily.afisha.ru/archive/gorod/people/britanka-iz-britanki-o-mrachnoy-privlekatelnosti-moskvy-i-trusah-v-perehodah/
● Stanklewicz, M. (2010) ‘Fashion Shows around the World’ The Guardian. Available
● Vogue, Russia (2019) Collections, Spring Summer 2020 / Ready to Wear: Moscow British Higher School of Art & Design Moscow BA (Hons) Fashion. Available at:
● Weiss, L. (2010) ‘The Blueprint for Dressing’ Debut New York Blogspot, 3 rd October. Available at:
● White, R. (2018) ‘The Moscow Fashion Graduates to Watch out For’ i-D Magazine. Available at: https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/xw9bpw/moscow-fashion-graduates-to-watch-out-forva/
● Wilson, C. (2010) Fashion & Style ‘Hope for the Future and it’s in her Size’ New York Times. Available at:
Public Lectures & Conferences:
● Lopeman, C (2017) Public Lecture: ‘In conversation with Tigran Avetisian: Life & Career’. BHSAD Lecture Series, Moscow
● Lopeman, C (2016) Public Lecture: ‘Fashion Dialogue: Moscow – London – Moscow’ In dialogue with Ludmilla Aliabieva, Editor in Chief, Fashion Theory Russia: Journal of Dress, Body and Culture. Museum of Moscow: Lecture Series; 2016
● Lopeman, C (2011a) Public Lecture: ‘Aiming Design for the Commercial Market and Targeting Customers’ British Council: British Practicum 2. In collaboration with Fashion East, Blow PR, Centre for Fashion Enterprise and Amelia’s Magazine. Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
● Lopeman, C (2010a) Public Lecture: ‘100 Dresses for a Soviet Woman: British Style and New Technologies’ Russian Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress Body & Culture: XVIIth Bathhouse Readings held by the New Literary Observer Publishing House with Valerie Steele and Ludmillla Aliabieva, Mayak Theatre, Moscow, Russia
● Lopeman, C (2009) Public Lecture & Seminar: ‘Challenges within Russian fashion education and how to address them’ Vogue Fashion Night Out: TSUM Department Store, Moscow, Russia
● Lopeman, C (2008) Round Table Seminar: ‘Main issues with Russian education in fashion design and how to solve them’ Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, The World Trade Centre, Moscow, Russia
● Lopeman, C (2011c) SS11 Collection: ‘Soviet Riviera’
● Lopeman, C (2010b) Catwalk Show Clare Lopeman: Debut Collection ‘British Contemporary Meets Russian Vintage, AW1011’, Supported by the British Council and the British Higher School of Art & Design, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, The World Trade Centre, Moscow, Russia
● Lopeman, C (2018) Panel Judge & Member: Competition for Russian and Eastern European Designers for Study Visit to London Fashion Week: British Council. Moscow, Russia
● Lopeman, C (2011b) Panel Judge & Member: ‘Public Pitching for new Russian and Eastern European Designers’ British Council: British Practicum 2. Panel consisted of UK industry experts: Lulu Kennedy, Toby Meadows, Amelia Gregory, Micheal Salac, Janine Passley and myself. Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia