Former i-D Magazine fashion editor and co-editor for 6 years and BBC Broadcaster for 12 years presenting and directing The Clothes Show, Caryn has always been interested in the politics of image and self-esteem as well as straight fashion. As a Fashion and Identity Commentator & Agent of Change her projects have involved refugees in battle zones, workers in free-trade-zone slums, mental health experts, MP's and Gov. Ministers and of course all leading fashion talent.
March 2013 she collected an MBE for services to Positive Body Image and Diversity in Fashion and in 2016 she complete her MSc in applied psychology focusing on image and gender identity.
She’s interviewed everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Georgio Armani and created televised tributes at the V&A for ITV featuring Vivienne Westwood Agnes B, Matthew Williamson and Philip Treacy amongst others. She has authored and co-produced numerous fashion programmes and documentaries for BBC 1, Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, Granada and UKTV Style and has written for a host of national publications, produced 4 books and has continued to appear on TV and radio such as Radio 2, Radio 4 ,Newsnight, The Wright Stuff and other national broadcast platforms.
Education has featured throughout her career. An external assessor, course validator and lecturer in colleges like Central St Martins, London College of Fashion and Royal College of Art, Caryn has an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University, is an Honorary Fellow at the Arts University College of Bournemouth and a Visiting Fellow at London College of Fashion. She is an ambassador for the London College of Fashion's Centre of Sustainability. She is also the Education Director for the UK’s premier fashion consumer-show: Clothes Show Live – a brand she has worked with since its beginning in 1989.
She has co-chaired award-winning Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, from 1994 onwards and in 2009 co-founded the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, to promote sustainable body and beauty ideals; emotionally considerate fashion practice and trigger necessary conversations on race, age body type, body ability and now gender non-conformity. This initiative has changed university curriculums, and also reached internationally – engaging with institutions in Canada and Australia. She helped create the Diversity Network at Edinburgh College of Art and the Body Confidence Awards at Parliament. In March 2013 she collected an MBE for services to Positive Body Image and Diversity in Fashion. In 2015 Caryn stepped away as co-director of All Walks and after completing her MSc in applied psychology in fashion, accepted a visiting professorship in diversity and identity at Kingston School of Art.
Caryn has acted as a silent partner consultant for a range of commercial companies including Platinum Guild, Royal Mint, Next, Debenhams, M&S, N Brown and Arcadia; she is regularly called upon to debate and deconstruct fashion for a variety of audiences, give after-dinner speeches, mentoring presentations, chair panels and facilitate events for brands and organisations as diverse as Coca Cola, Meryll Lynch, Wella, L’Oreal, Gov. Minister Jo Swinson’s Press Office, Graduate Fashion Week, National Portrait Gallery, Cambridge University, SHOWstudio and the V&A Museum.