The Sunday Times - Status? S/S 1998

Andrew Groves is the Course Director for the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at the University of Westminster.

During his time as Course Director at Westminster, Andrew has taught design to a new generation of fashion designers in menswear, womenswear, and accessories. These include Liam Hodges, Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow, Roberta Einer, and Mary Benson.

Other graduates under his tuition are now working at companies such as Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Celine, Max Mara, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Chloe, and Jacquemus.

Andrew graduated from the MA Fashion Design course at Central St Martins in 1997 with a collection that made front page news the following day. He launched his debut collection during London Fashion Week the following September, and in the process started what has now become London Fashion Week's off-schedule calendar. 

Mixing traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques with found objects such as masonry nails, hair, and dead flies, his aesthetic combined the worlds of literature, fine art, and fashion. In addition to his runway collections, he created costumes for Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Suede, and The Spice Girls.

Examples of Groves’ design work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums including the V&A in London, and the Bath Fashion Museum.