AN art school graduate now training to be a teacher has had a major career break as her latest work is being showcased during London Fashion Week.

Phoebe Ackers, 22, created a collaboration with renowned fashion boutique Browns, and her collection of 12 faux-leather sculptures are on display in their Shoreditch and South Molton Street locations.

The former Whitby Community College student has recently graduated from the University of the Arts in London, where she received a degree in fine art and sculpture.

She is currently back in her native North Yorkshire training to be a teacher at Eskdale School, but it is a career in art in which she is desperate to succeed.

Miss Ackers said: “I studied fine art at UAL and it was there that I started making a lot of textile sculptures.

“Browns then got in touch with me following my degree show and that’s when I started collaborating with them for fashion week.

“Although this series of sculptures explores the female body, it is a celebration of everyone, of all shapes and sizes and an opportunity to reflect on society’s perceptions.”

And she has been quick to pay tribute to her current colleagues and pupils at Eskdale School.

“When given this opportunity in London, I have been training to be a teacher at Eskdale School. The school has been incredibly supportive of me as well as the students.

“Given the collaboration was based around fashion I decided that it would be a great opportunity for students who were interested in the field to get involved.

“It would be a great for their CV as well as giving them an understanding of the process involved when working in that type of industry.

“I couldn’t thank the school and students who helped me enough and it would be great if in

the future more opportunities are thrown their way.”

Presenting and curating work mainly across the UK, she is best known for her witty exploration of modern-day feminist issues, using mainly textiles.

Her latest work at Browns focuses on the ‘modern woman’ and society’s expectations of her, exploring the problems surrounding social media, diet culture, body positivity and the male gaze.

Although London Fashion Week ends on February 18, her work will be on display until March 16 in Browns East entrance in Shoreditch, and until March 23 in Browns South Molton Street.

Proud mum Colette Readman, said: “Phoebe’s artistic flair and development began in secondary school where she produced pieces of art that were imaginative within a simplistic format while adopting an individualistic progression which enabled her to apply for UAL and being accepted on A-Level results only.

“Phoebe has continued to astound me with her personal drive and ambition to achieve and produce art which reflect her own personal journey.”