Concourse Spring/Summer 2015
What have you done since graduating in 2010?
Since graduating I have interned with menswear designers Martine Rose, Christopher Shannon and then back to Martine because she was lovely to work with! However, I grew a little disheartened with interning as I felt I was pretty much doing the same thing. So, I decided to take things into my own hands and began showcasing my collection at each worthy opportunity. Internet has been particularly useful for gaining attention. I have slowly established my label, there’s still a long way to go and so much to learn but I’m on my way now!
What were the most important skills you learned whilst studying at Rochester?
I would say the most important skills that I learned during my time stydying at Fashion Design Rochester were the technical ones such as garment construction and pattern cutting. Without knowing how to cut patterns and construct garments I wouldn’t have been able to successfully design and make my collections and would have had to pay a lot of money for people to do the work for me.
How did Fashion Design Rochester prepare you for industry?
The course trained me how to design my own collection and how to present it. The research and design process, utilising your research effectively, having the ability to be critical about your designs – deciding which ones to bring forward into a cohesive collection that you will present is very important. Through presentations and critiques, I learned how to present and speak about my work confidently. These are things that you will have to do after university to people in and outside of the fashion industry, it has be invaluable for me to know what to do and how to present my brand in these situations.
Did you enjoy your time studying Fashion Design and in Rochester?
Yes, Rochester was a great welcoming and friendly university. The environment is comfortable which I think is important aspects as you will be there for 3 years. The University has a great range of tools, machinery as well as technology, programs and software and printing facilities – we were never short of anything that we needed.
What advice would you give to the current and future students?
For current students I would say to use your time well, go to every lesson and every lecture. Soak up and make good use of everything around you because you will miss it once you leave. I would advice potential future students that both university and to work in the fashion industry is hard work so make sure you know that this is what you want and you have the drive and passion to see you through challenging times. All in all, it will be enjoyable and you’ll learn loads!