Robert Leach was educated at Kingston University and graduated in 1981, has been in the fashion business for over 30 years, working first as designer in his own right, then in the field of styling and journalism; working for such visionary publications as the then fledgling i-D Magazine, in film and television and on major advertising campaigns.
He has been teaching since 1992 at Central St Martins, and since 2002, Robert has been employed by The University of Westminster on the BA (Honours) Fashion Design course. He has worked alongside top fashion employers on student recruitment as well as on creative collaborations with lots of international fashion companies and design related institutions.
His first love is for visual research and his first book on the subject, The Fashion Resource Book; research for design was published by Thames & Hudson in August 2012. In it he explains the exciting process of researching for design to the young designer. Interviews with leading contemporary designers and education professionals enable the reader both to understand the vital role of research and to discover the techniques the designers have adapted for themselves, whilst a richly illustrated profile of the major themes of fashion is a highly original resource for the reader to draw on for their own research. Robert has recently begun work on his second book; a menswear edition of the Fashion Resource Book.