About Fashion Antidote

Susan Backhouse - Founder of Fashion Antidote

In 2008, Susan Backhouse set up Fashion Antidote Fashion School based in East London, just off Brick Lane with its vibrant mix of restaurants, galleries, vintage stores, and just minutes away from Spitalfields’s market.

Through her work in the industry and in education, Susan had identified a distinct lack of training in technical skills within education and the fashion industry. Her aim was to offer a fresh alternative and to address this skills gap. She called the company Fashion Antidote as she wanted the school to be a centre of excellence and to offer an “antidote” to the negative aspects of the fashion industry.

Fashion Antidote offers a range of fashion related courses specialising in technical and creative skills for aspiring fashion entrepreneurs and fashion industry professionals as well as home sewers and hobbyists.

Running throughout weekdays, evenings and weekends, the courses are both value for money and flexible. All levels are catered for whether you are an absolute beginner or a fashion professional – we have courses for you. We provide quality tuition from highly experienced tutors from academic or fashion industry backgrounds who work with leading fashion names, have their own labels or teach at degree level at well-known universities in London.

Classes are small and friendly and you are guaranteed one to one time with the tutors to help build up your confidence and skills.

Whether you want to draw and design, learn to sew and make clothes for yourself and family, wish to become an excellent seamstress or pattern cutter, aim to gain skills for employment or are already a fashion industry practitioner wanting to upgrade your skills this is the place to come.

What People Have Said About our Courses

I’ve had the most amazing experience with you! Thank you for inspiring & teaching in the manner that you do. It was most rewarding to spent time with highly skilled enthusiastic lecturers that know the secrets to design, garment construction & pattern cutting. I sure will miss the guidance. So fantastic to think I’ve designed and made my ideas, and put action into all my own creativity. I’m in love with my ability to make my own patterns & clothes. The course was fantastic, business or personal, it serves such a good scope for anyone that is passionate and driven!
I’ll be back Fashion Antidote…Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Lizaan – Professional Sewing Skills, Pattern Cutting, Fashion Design courses

I loved introduction to sewing course, I bought a sewing machine 2 years ago tried it a couple of times, then it just sat there gathering dust! That’s all changed. I thought the course was really well paced. The teacher was very clear and patient but also great at keeping everything moving. I’ve already recommended this to loads of people who want a jump start. The fact that you do intense courses at weekends is brilliant too. Thanks.

Helena – Learn to Sew 1-day Intensive

Our Tutors

Fashion Antidote’s Tutors Come From A Variety Of Backgrounds Including
Fashion Designers, Pattern Cutters, Costume Designers,
Fashion Stylists And Marketing Practitioners

All are industry experts in their own field, and most of our tutors have their own fashion labels
and run their own businesses as well as being employed as fashion lectures at London’s leading universities.