What have you done since graduating in 2015?
Since graduating from UCA, I have had a complete whirlwind in my first year stepping out into industry as a young designer. Shortly after leaving UCA, I decided to get back into contact and touch base with a few people I had interned with whilst studying. This lead to my first contract as a Design and Print Assistant at Warehouse fashions, where they were quick to offer me a position based on my previous time with them after being offered an internship during one of the courses live projects in my first year at UCA. After a quick 3 months, I then landed myself my dream position at Marc Jacobs Paris as a Junior Assistant with the Collection Knitwear. After moving to Paris, I was completely thrown in the deep end and given the amazing opportunity to be fully involved in every aspect of the design process. Having never studied knitwear before I have learnt an abundance of new skills broadening my knowledge on knitting techniques and hand embroidery. I have had the incredible opportunity to travel with work, both to Italy for the collection development and to New York for fittings and the show.
What were the most important skills you learned whilst studying at Rochester?
The most important skill I learnt whilst studying at UCA was how to really develop and actualise an idea into reality. Different tutor support sessions really nurtured my creative process as a designer and allowed me to develop design, pattern cutting and draping in order to pick the best process to achieve the best outcomes.
How did Fashion Design Rochester prepare you for industry?
Fashion Design Rochester prepared me for the industry by giving me all the tools I need in the working fashion world. Strong pattern cutting lessons coinciding with colour and illustration workshops gave me the ability to work both three dimensional and through flat sketching. Creating a final collection in my third year, taught me how to organise and structure my time effectively ready for a deadline… which you have to be prepared for when working in industry!
Did you enjoy your time studying Fashion Design and in Rochester?
I absolutely loved every minute of my degree, and if I had the chance to do it all again I would in a heart beat!
What advice would you give to the current and future students?
My biggest piece of advice for both current and future students at UCA is to take advantage of all the support you are offered when studying, because you never know when something may come up and by being versatile as a designer you a more desirable to a company! Enjoy the process, test out every idea, because being a student you are completely creatively free and do not have the constraints that industry has.