Fashion Design Rochester students Moraine Cron and Loren Stennings reflect on their trip to Barcelona to visit Stradivarius headquarters.
Being given the opportunity to fly out to Barcelona as a finalist in the Stradivarius competition was an amazing experience. Being able to share this experience with another member of the class made this trip really special as we were able to enjoy it together. Although we all had very little sleep, this didn’t detract from our experience.
Upon arrival in Barcelona we met some of the other contestants from other universities before being picked up and driven to the Stradivarius headquarters. The headquarters had a beautiful interior design reflective of the company style. Few other contestants were already there and after we arrived there were eight of us in total.
We were shown around each department and given an explanation of what each department does to demonstrate how they all work as a team so that the company runs smoothly. After the tour, we gave our presentations which we had already prepared. We did them in front of each other as well as a panel of staff from Stradivarius. The idea of the presentations was to get an overview of us as individuals. As well as this they wanted to know about who we are as designers and what type of garments we like designing. To end the presentations, we talked through the work we submitted for the competition.
After our lunch break we had another exercise in the schedule. This was the most daunting part as all we were told prior that it was ‘Role Play’. All of us were a little sceptical about this part but it turned out to be a styling exercise where we had half an hour to create two looks. We were split and those doing women’s wear and those doing men’s wear had different garments to work with. We then had to explain our inspiration for the looks we created.
After another tour where we were shown around the warehouse, our day was concluded. It was an enjoyable experience and lovely to have met other students from other universities. Whatever the outcome of the competition is, it was an amazing achievement to have been chosen as finalists.