Fashion teacher apologizes after being suspended for outfit descriptions such as ‘hot mama’


Two years in hell for speaker for saying dress had a “racy neckline”: fashion tutor gets apology after being suspended for outfit descriptions like “hot mama”

  • Peter Huffam, 55, fought a two-year legal battle against the University of the Arts in London
  • The fashion professor received an apology after being suspended when students claimed he sexualized descriptions of outfits using phrases such as “hot mama”.
  • Three students complained that Mr. Huffam had been “inappropriate” in class










A fashion professor got an apology after being suspended when students claimed he sexualized descriptions of outfits using phrases like “racy cleavage” and “hot mama.”

Peter Huffam, 55, fought a two-year legal battle against the University of the Arts in London (UAL) over the suspension of his “dream job”.

“It derailed my career, I did this for 30 years and worked at 19 different universities around the world,” he said. “I was really happy, it was really my dream job.

“Then it all fell apart. I could not believe it. At first I thought it was a mistaken identity – it was so surreal it was almost comical. ‘

Peter Huffam, 55, fought a two-year legal battle against the University of the Arts in London (UAL) over the suspension of his “dream job”

The speaker had been invited to expand the fashion vocabulary of foreign students from countries like China, Russia and South Korea on the Graduate Diploma in Fashion at the famous Central Saint Martins, which is part of UAL .

He asked the students to do an exercise that consisted of matching six descriptions of the style during Milan Fashion Week, newspaper articles to six photos of the outfits.

A newspaper description of a photo of a woman said, “Add a touch of purple lippy and embellished heels and this look makes a hot mom.”

A few days after the October 2019 class, three students complained that Mr. Huffam had been “inappropriate” and made them feel uncomfortable. They said he used language that included “a racy cleavage to describe a breast”, and that the class was “sexualized”.

Outfit: The 2013 Milan Fashion Week look was described as 'hot mama'

Outfit: The 2013 Milan Fashion Week look was described as a ‘hot mom’

Mr Huffam was reinstated after three months and London University of the Arts (file image) has now admitted he was wrongly disciplined

Mr Huffam was reinstated after three months and London University of the Arts (file image) has now admitted he was wrongly disciplined

Mr Huffam, a former magistrate, said the articles were used, but he never read the words himself. “I was furious … I couldn’t even pronounce cleavage and cleavage at the time.”

Mr. Huffam’s next lesson with the students was canceled and he was suspended. He was reinstated after three months and the university, where Stella McCartney studied, has now admitted he was wrongly disciplined. He wrote to Mr Huffam to apologize for his suspension, admitting it had been “mismanaged”.

The lecturer, who was fired for work-related stress, is asking the university for compensation.

UAL said: “The university is unable to comment on individual cases and complaints.”

Whitehall “ban on awakened loudspeakers”

Officials have been banned from inviting “awake” speakers who criticize Boris Johnson to give speeches in Whitehall, according to reports.

A leaked document warns that invitations should not be sent to those who have “denounced major government policies.”

Speakers should be subject to “due diligence” checks and have their social media posts reviewed, according to the email obtained by the Sunday Telegraph. It comes after several controversial speakers were asked to address Whitehall employees, including an anti-racist trainer who made anti-Semitic remarks.

Cabinet Office Minister Steve Barclay oversees a public service diversity and inclusion strategy. Conservative sources see it as an opportunity to root out “aroused and politicized” practices in Whitehall, the newspaper reported.

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