Bobby Hillson has been making fashion illustrations throughout her career. Her first assignments were for a variety of Condé Nast publications including Vogue for whom she worked as a full-time illustrator. She later worked for The Sunday Times and The Observer. She was present at Coco Chanel’s comeback show in the mid Fifities.
In 1969 she founded her own children’s wear brand that was sold internationally and pieces from an early collection were acquired by the Bath Museum of Costume for permanent display. In 1974 The Times Newspaper nominated her their designer of the year.
In the late Seventies, Hillson returned to Saint Martin’s where she herself had studied and set up the MA Fashion Course. She famously offered Alexander McQueen a place on the course when he made an unscheduled visit to the college to ask Hillson for a job as a cutter. She also taught, amongst others, Stephen Jones, John Flett and Rifat Ozbek.
Hillson lives and works in London.