You graduated in 2013, what have you done since graduating?
I had a fantastic start to my career with the opportunity to move to Amsterdam for a Junior Pattern Cutter role at Tommy Hilfiger, in the Hilfiger Denim division. Primarily using Gerber technology, I work on both Tommy Hilfiger Denim and Calvin Klein Jeans, across a range of products in both menswear and womenswear.
What were the most important skills you learned whilst studying at Rochester?
The skills learnt most relevant to my career, were the different forms of pattern cutting methods as well as working with and managing a team were also crucial experiences which helped to develop confidence in communication, presenting ideas and making use of constructive criticism.
How did Fashion Design Rochester prepare you for industry?
The emphasis on time management really was the key to success as well as a lot of hard work. That does not only apply to your university work but also your efforts in job hunting. Gerber was also essential; as I would not have the job I have now without it. And ultimately the opportunity to do work experience as it is the key to finding what you enjoy in the real world and getting a paid job.
Did you enjoy your time studying Fashion Design and in Rochester?
Yes, I made some fantastic friends, completed many pieces of work I am proud of and learnt a lot from my tutors and the other students. The great thing was that I had no idea what pattern cutting was before I started my degree and now I love it!
What advice would you give to the current and future students?
For future students I would reassure you that this course is one of the best in the country; so apply enthusiasm to learn and be ready to study hard to develop and explore your creativity and technical ability. To current students I advise you use all the opportunities with tutors and resources to experiment and have fun being creative, this way you’ll find out what area of fashion design and pattern cutting you enjoy most and may want to make a career of. Also use your free time, (summer holiday etc.) to do work experience and meet people as it will only work to your advantage once you become a graduate.