Caryn Franklin has worked in fashion for 29 years as a writer, presenter, producer and director. Formally a fashion editor and later co-editor of i-D magazine for 6 years, she is best known for presenting the BBC’s much loved Clothes Show for 12 years and BBC’s Style Challenge for 3 years. She has regularly appeared on GMTV, LK Today and This Morning as well as hosting her own programmes: Well Woman and Agony for Granada and The Frock and Roll Years for Carlton, also Planet Fashion, Granada Style Bible for Border TV and Style Academy for Discovery Home. She was also the presenter of The All New Clothes Show for UKTV Style.
Caryn has produced and presented four documentaries Vivienne Westwood, Philip Treacy, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and Matthew Williamson with the makers of BAFTA for ITV also presenting Agnes B for October Films.
Having interviewed everyone from Giorgio Armani to Yves Saint Laurent, as well as having strong opinions about women and image, Caryn is also regularly asked to ‘guest’ as a recognised authority on a variety of other programmes like Trevor Macdonald, The Wright Stuff, I love the Eighties, Nineties, Lunchtime News, 6 O’clock News.
She has written for a variety of magazines including i-D, Time Out, Marie Claire, Sunday Times, Independent and Woman’s Own, Health Plus, Eve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and produced four books Fashion UK (Conran Octopus), The Breast Health Handbook (a best seller), Franklin on Fashion and Woman in the Mirror (her first novel) were all published by Harper Collins.
As well as lecturing at colleges like RCA, Central St Martins, and London College of Fashion and consulting for a variety of fashion brands, Caryn has co-chaired the award winning Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign with Amanda Wakeley, for 13 years, raising millions of pounds, she also co founded the award winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk with Erin O’Connor to promote a wider spectrum of beauty in fashion imagery. This has resulted with Lynne Featherstone Govt. Minister for equalities inviting her to consult on the Lib Dem, Body Confidence campaign. Caryn has also instigated changes to the degree curriculum for students of fashion though her work at All Walks. She is firmly embedded in education as an Ambassador of the Centre of Sustainability at LCF.
Caryn is also a Director of Brilliant Productions .Fashion shows, studio shoots and online content and consultancy for clients like Marks and Spencer, Bhs, Royal Mint, Platinum Guild, Lloyds TSB, Tesco, Next, Evans Simply Be, and others (their recent Debenhams campaign received significant press) is undertaken by the company she and her partner Jane Galpin (former Clothes Show producer) have run since 1999.
Caryn is also currently working in the bridal arena, she appeared on GMTV’s Interactive Wedding for three years and has been a regular attraction at the National Wedding Show (Earls Court,Olympia and Birmingham NEC) for 7 years.