Teacher two years of hell after being accused of saying dress had ‘racy plunging neckline’

Teacher two years of hell after being accused of saying dress had ‘racy cleavage’: Modeler gets apology after being banned for outfit descriptions like ‘hot mama’

  • Peter Huffam, 55, fought a two-year legal battle against the University of Arts London
  • Fashion teacher got an apology after being suspended when students alleged he sexualized outfit descriptions by using phrases like “hot mommy”
  • Three students complained that Mr Huffam had been ‘inappropriate’ in class



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A fashion teacher has been given an apology after he was suspended after students alleged that he sexualized outfit descriptions by using phrases like “racy cleavage” and “hot mama.”

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

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

“Then everything collapsed. I could not believe it. At first I thought it was an identity change – it was so surreal, it was almost comical.”

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

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

The teacher was asked to broaden the fashion vocabulary of foreign students from countries such as China, Russia and South Korea for the fashion final diploma at the world-famous Central Saint Martins, part of the UAL.

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

A description of a woman’s photo in a newspaper read, “Add a lick of purple lippy and some embellished heels and this look makes for a hot mama.”

Within days of the October 2019 class, three students complained that Mr. Huffam had been “inappropriate” and made them feel uncomfortable. They said he had used language, including “frantic cleavage to describe a bust line,” and that the class was “sexualized.”

Outfit: Look from Milan Fashion Week 2013 was described as 'hot mama'

Outfit: Look from Milan Fashion Week 2013 was described as 'hot mama'

Outfit: Look from Milan Fashion Week 2013 was described as ‘hot mama’

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

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

Mr Huffam was reinstated after three months and the University of Arts London (file image) has now admitted he was unfairly 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 class 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 that he was unfairly disciplined. It wrote to Mr Huffam to apologize for his suspension and admit it was “handled wrong”.

The teacher, who has signed out with work-related stress, is demanding compensation from the university.

UAL: ‘The university cannot make statements about individual cases and complaints.’

Whitehall ‘ban on awake speakers’

Officials are banned from inviting “awakened” speakers criticizing Boris Johnson to give Whitehall addresses, according to reports.

A leaked document warns that invitations should not be sent to those who “speak out against important government policies.”

Speakers should be subject to ‘due diligence’ checks and have their social media posts scrutinized, the email obtained by The Sunday Telegraph said. It comes after several controversial speakers were asked to address Whitehall employees, including an anti-racism trainer who made anti-Semitic remarks.

Cabinet Secretary Steve Barclay oversees a diversity and inclusion strategy for the government. Tory sources see this as an opportunity to stamp out “awake and politicized” practices in Whitehall, the paper reported.

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