Philippa Watkins is a textile consultant and writer based in London, where she has also been working for Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), the web based fashion, style and textiles information service, since 1999.
She is also senior lecturer in the Royal College of Art in the School of Fashion and Textiles, from which she graduated with a masters degree in textile design in 1973, and where she has now been working at different times as lecturer and research fellow since 1989.
She has worked for Deryck Healey International and was head of the fabric division at Nigel French Engterprises - a colour, fabric and fashion consultancy with clients worldwide. Subsequently, she worked for the retail chain Principles, sourcing colour and fabric, and later became textile design manager for the clothes division of Laura Ashley. There she was responsible for sourcing and selecting fabrics, and working with fabric manufacturers on cloth design programmes. Later, she became design controller for Liberty of London Prints.
She began writing about textiles in the late 1980s, working for magazines Fashion Weekly, Drapers Record, Textile View, International Textiles as well as Textile Outlook International. She has a wide experience of the international fashion textiles market, visiting trade fairs and reporting on fabric and production trends. Philippa Watkins is coauthor of Luxury Fibres:Rare Materials for Higher Added Value, Textiles Intelligence Special Report no 2633, published in July 1992. She is also author of World Markets for Silk: forecasts to 2000, Textiles Intelligencee Special Report no 2641. She reports twice a year for Textile Outlook International on the European textile fairs.