Stefán A.R. Orschel-Read

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Fashion Design and Fashion Communication and Branding

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fashion design

Courses taught: Fashion Design, Fashion Communication and Branding

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, he guides students on a holistic journey towards futures in design.

Read Stefán's Spotlight interview on our Creative Showcase site



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 the last decade, Stefán has been based in Hong Kong, Indonesia 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


Stefán currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Cut, Form and Construction
  • Design: Visual and Material Practice
  • Visual Communication and Portfolio
  • Design and Professional Practice
  • Fashion Design Major Project and Professional Portfolio


  • 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)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Lecturer, AQF Level 7, TEQSA

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 2017, 'ARIS VAN CALSTER', Asbo Magazine, 31 September, pp. 104-116

Recent presentations and conferences

"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