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  • 26 May 2023

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Sarah’s relationship with the RCA began as a student graduating in MA Textile Design in 1976 before going on to become a prominent and dynamic voice in the world of knitwear and a dear colleague and inspiring tutor at the RCA.

Colleagues from across the RCA community have expressed sadness and paid tribute to Sarah.

"I remember first meeting Sarah Dallas when I arrived at the RCA in 2009. I had been told of her extraordinary reputation in the fashion and textiles world and was not surprised to meet a very chic and distinguished looking individual who had a wonderfully crisp and clear way of explaining the technique of a particular knit - its construction, manufacture, use - to a layman like me. Sarah was exceptionally friendly and welcoming, clearly a real professional and someone who knew and cared deeply about her field - and of course, 'the Royal'.... She'll be very sadly missed by all of us."

Dr Paul Thompson, RCA Vice-Chancellor

"Sarah was an extremely hard working and perceptive tutor who was loyal and caring to her students. She was great company and good fun to be with. I have very fond memories of our work trips together in Italy where we saw the funny side of everything! I was very sorry and sad to hear the news."

Professor Wendy Dagworthy

Sarah Dallas alongside Wendy Dagworthy and Betty Jackson during a Knitware crit in 2000

"Sarah would have loved to know that the college, that she adored, recognised her passing and the tremendous contribution she made not only to fashion knitwear but to Knitted Textiles which was also a huge part of her work at the RCA. We were colleagues and friends for over 20 years... I shall miss knowing she is in the world."

Hilary Laurence, Administrator Academic Development Office

Textiles exhibit, white garment hangs on wall with name 'Sarah Dallas'

"Sarah had a discerning eye for design and a deep passion for Fashion and Textiles. She was devoted to the RCA and cared deeply for her many students throughout her long career in education. She will be greatly missed as a colleague and friend."

Professor Clare Johnston

"Each time Sarah visited the knitwear department she brought another valuable perspective and amazing enthusiasm. Always giving each student dedicated time and her full attention. It is an honour to have had Sarah’s time and contribution to our study."

Eleana Burrows, (MA Fashion 2020)