Stefán A.R Orschel-Read

Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Accessories

Introduction: Stefán has a distinguished career in both practice and academia. With extensive experience in the Far East and a research focus on notions of Identity and Narratives of Textile Craft, he guides students on a holistic journey towards futures in design.

Background: Stefán was born in India and grew up in Scotland. He graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martin's in Menswear Fashion and went on to complete a Masters at the Royal College of Art. Upon launching his eponymous menswear tailoring label he held a notable position in the British fashion industry, showcasing his collections with catwalks in London, Moscow and Italy. He has been a NewGen Men finalist three times.

For more than a decade, Stefán has been based in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Egypt and China, leading and developing fashion design programmes with a global perspective. His graduates have won prominent international design awards and have been featured in global industry press.

Research interests:

· Identity

· Artisanal Craft and Narratives of Heritage

· Gender and Socio-Political Subcultures

· Experimental Pattern Cutting

· Sustainable Design


· MA Fashion Menswear, Royal College of Art (London)

· BA (Hons) Fashion Design Menswear, Central Saint Martin’s (London)

· Diploma in Menswear, London College of Fashion (London)

· DipHE LLB Law, Oxford Brookes University (Oxford)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

· Roundtable: Creating Movement Towards a Circular Fashion Future in Hong Kong, 2016

· Roundtable: The Future of Sustainable Fashion Education, Hong Kong Design Institute, 2015

Selected recent publications

Orschel-Read, SAR (2019), ‘#YOUTHQUAKE”, Asbo Magazine, 1 September

Orschel-Read, SAR (2017), ‘ARIS VAN CALSTER’, Asbo Magazine, 31 September, pp. 104-116

Recent presentations and conferences

· Secret Showcase (2022) [Exhibition]. Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, June 2022

· “Searching…” (2019) [Exhibition]. Sin Sin Atelier & Fine Art, Hong Kong, August 2019

· Design Xcel (2018) [Exhibition]. HKCEC, Hong Kong, December 2018

· HYPER-REALITY (2018) [Exhibition]. Shanghai Fashion Week, Shanghai, April 2018

· JSDE (2017) [Exhibition]. Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong, October 2017

· elucidation (2016) [Exhibition]. Shanghai Fashion Week, Shanghai, October 2016

· elucidation (2016) [Exhibition]. CENTRESTAGE, Hong Kong, September 2016

· Généalogies D'un Chiroptère (2016) [Exhibition]. LA Fashion Week, Los Angeles, September 2016

· Green Fashion Exhibition (2016) [Exhibition]. Miramar, Hong Kong, May to June 2016

· Identity Dress (2015) [Exhibition]. National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana, November 2015 to January 2016

· Visceral Instinct (2015) [Exhibition]. Hong Kong Fashion Week, Hong Kong, July 2015

· Modern Tribes & Egos (2014) [Exhibition]. Hong Kong Fashion Week, Hong Kong, July 2014

· Juncture (2013) [Exhibition]. London Collection Mens, London, June 2013

· Bill Nighy (2013) [Exhibition]. London Collection Mens, London, January 2013

· Lord Paget: Mariposa (2012) [Exhibition]. Madeinmedi, Noto, June 2012

· British European Design Group (2010) [Exhibition]. International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York, May 2010