Zowie Broach

Head of fashion at London’s Royal College of Arts

Broach, a graduate of both Plymouth College of Art and Middlesex University, first attracted attention for co-founding avant-garde fashion label, Boudicca, and launched it in 1997 with her partner, Ben Kirkby.

She taught for eight years at the University of Westminster in London, Parsons The New School for Design in New York, SIAC in Chicago and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Between 2009 and 2011, Broach was appointed designer in residence at London College of Fashion .

As the head of fashion at the Royal College of Arts, Broach has put an emphasis on the importance of artistic and intellectual experimentation, telling Women’s Wear Daily: “I think putting a cage around students is wrong.” After the RCA’s 2015 MA graduate fashion show in June, the first under Broach’s instruction, Suzy Menkes declared Broach’s appointment heralded a “new era” in London fashion.