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.
Since graduating, my work has been featured in several photo shoots for magazines such as Ballad Of and Sicky. My work was included in the recent Absolutely Fabulous movie and I have also made custom pieces for the lead singer of feminist punk band ‘DREAM NAILS’ which she wore at The Sisterhood at Glastonbury 2016. I have been interviewed by Glitch and Stuff, a blog for up and coming young creatives and Antigone Magazine. I have done some tutoring at UCA with Year 1 and Year 0 students. I have also worked at a sewing school and bespoke seamstress where I assisted in making costumes and wedding dresses and I interned at Antonio Berardi and House of Holland before I got my current job. I currently work as an assistant designer at a supplier for major online retailers and I am manager of the petites department.
Since graduating I have worked for a few different fashion brands and companies. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so I was lucky enough to be given design opportunities to intern or work on temporary contracts at Marks and Spencers, Studio Nicholson and The Row in New York. When I came back from New York I started working freelance, doing trend research and design work for global retail company called Pepkor who own retail companies across UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This led me to meet other freelancers and I started freelancing for small companies as well, mainly in trend research. This year I start doing my MA in History of Design part-time alongside my freelance work.
I was very fortunate to have a great start into my career with the opportunity to start as a Design Assistant to the Head Designer at Triumph, an International Lingerie Company based in Germany. Working very closely together on many projects, I was able to learn a lot from her and was promoted to Junior Designer just under a year being with the company. Now I have the chance to work on a small collection and design the garments as well as design prints and finding colour concepts.
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 was really fortunate to get a great start to my career as Sample Room assistant at Jenny Packham straight after graduation.
Fashion Design Rochester alumni Jennifer Allen, currently working as Menswear Knitwear and Jersey Designer at Reiss, was recently interviewed on Girl in Menswear blog. In the interview, Jennifer gives an insight into her career so far, discussing her work at Reiss and talking about future trends in menswear. Jennifer was also interviewed for our Graduate Fashion Week magazine which you can find here.
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.
BA (hons) Fashion Design alumni Tola Mohiki was interviewed by Safia Minney, Founder and CEO of People Tree for the brands blog. During the interview, Tola Discussed his recent internship with the brand, views on ethical clothing and up-and -coming work with the fashion charity Fara. You can read the full interview in the Thread – People Tree blog or discover Tola’s photography, illustrations and fashion designs on his personal blog.
I have had a great start to my career working as both Womenswear and Menswear Designer for 7 years at Joe Baker Design, a fashion design consultancy based in London. It has given me an amazing breadth of knowledge as I worked on such a variety of brands like Monkee Genes, Joe Browns, Gloverall, Russell Athletic and
Alex Mattsson is a menswear designer with his own label based in London. Alex’s inspiration is derived from a variety of sources ranging from technology, science fiction, ancient civilizations and the differences in cultures. His experimental and contemporary approach to menswear design is a rejuvenating change.