Friday, 20 February 2015

Internship at Timur Kim



I started interning with Timur Kim in October and found it to be a valuable experience as it taught me what it was like to work in a real fashion studio. I was quite lucky because I was given a lot of responsibility such as being able to make toiles, samples and helping to design clothes and the line up for the final show.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Interview at The University of East London

On Wednesday I had an interview at the University of East London for a degree in Fashion Design. Firstly, the course directors looked at our portfolios while we went into another room and filled in a questionnaire. There were questions such as 'Which designer is Malcom Mclaren associated with?', 'Which fashion house just appointed Galliano as the new head designer' and general questions like 'What are your favourite films?' and 'Which designers inspire you?'

Then we went on to have individual interviews. Having already looked at my portfolio, they asked me to explain some of my pieces and talk about my work. They also asked me questions about my skills in fashion such as pattern cutting, garment construction and also the type of work that I have done throughout my internships. They liked that I had done so much work experience without having been told to go find it as it showed I am independent and passionate. They were impressed by my GCSEs and were confused that I hadn't chosen to do academic A-Levels but liked that I had chosen to study art despite my grades.

They told me that I need to to show more of my drawing skills in my portfolio which is someting I'm going to focus on improving. The interviewers preferred the moodboards and  research that I  had done at home as they called it more intelligent and thought through compared to my school sketchbook which they though looked a little 'cut and paste'.

After around 10 minutes of talking they told me that they would like to offer me a place on the course. When they first looked through my portfolio they thought I was a 'maybe' candidate but after talking to me and getting to know me, they were impressed by the way I interviewed which is what made them want to give me a place.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Internship at Yulia Kondranina

During Summer I did an internship with a designer called Yulia Kondranina. It was a really worthwile experience and because it's a small company there were only a few people working for the designer which gave me the opportunity to do a lot more than if I were to intern with a larger, maybe more well known brand. My responsibilities included:-
  • pattern cutting
  • sewing clothes
  • adding fastenings 
  • fabric cutting
  • buying fabric
  • giving my opinion on designs
  •  developing samples

Friday, 5 September 2014

Central Saint Martins Course Stucture

This pathway is for students who want to pursue careers as innovative designers. It sets out to deliver a clear understanding and experience of generating, developing and realising a variety of creative womenswear ideas to a professional standard.
You’ll be encouraged to develop your personal design vision within the context of womenswear design and in existing and expanding national and international fashion markets that incorporate both classic and innovative design concepts. Throughout the course the focus is on achieving the professionalism, innovation and creativity to develop and realise your design ideas. Essential skills you’ll learn include research methods, flat pattern cutting, modelling on the stand, garment construction, tailoring processes and finishing, technical specification, illustration and presentation.
You’ll grow your understanding of the diversity of the womenswear industry through a varied curriculum, targeted projects and the guidance of established and visiting lecturers who are specialists in this sector.

Cultural studies

The cultural studies programme is designed to enhance your communication, research, critical and writing skills. The discipline involves the study of cultural and creative processes, but goes beyond history and theory of art and design to encompass various aspects of cultural knowledge. In stage one and two you attend lectures and seminars on units relating to the city and creative culture, you explore key cultural concepts and choose from a range of elective choices such as art and fashion, postcolonialism, visual cultures, the body and sexuality. In the final stage of your degree you undertake dissertation research under the supervision of an assigned tutor who supports your research on a subject of your choice. It may be weighted at 20 or 40 credits. The dissertation is a written project where you explore an aspect of visual, textual material or spatial culture. There are many areas to explore in the cultural studies programme such as art, design, technology, concepts of taste, material culture, multiculturalism, identity politics, gender, consumerism, ethics, sustainability and media studies.
Personal and Professional Development, (PPD) helps to prepare you for employment and career development by providing you with skills to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning. The core study of all the fashion pathways also helps develop many of these transferable skills, which play their part in equipping you for a professional career and the generic activities of creative practice.
PPD is integral to BA Fashion and is embedded in many aspects of both the studio and cultural studies programmes as a planned part of their structure and learning content. PPD activities take place in all Stages of the degree course and aim to improve your capacity to understand what and how you are learning and to help you to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning. A considerable number of the skills learned in the academic context of BA Fashion have a wider value and use in other areas of life. These transferable skills are highly valued by employers

Paris School of Art Requirements

Each applicant is reviewed individually with regard to his or her own experience, achievement and potential for artistic growth. The Admissions Committee’s decision on applications is based upon evaluation of the PCA Portfolio or Design Analysis Essay, the Personal Statement, school transcripts and test scores, and a phone or in-person interview. PCA seeks creative, academically responsible, and highly motivated applicants.

ESMOD University Paris Requirements

Fashion Design & Creation

Applicant checklist : a resume, a letter of motivation / personal statement, 1 ID picture, a copy of your passport or identity card, copies of your transcripts from the 2 last semesters
For graduate applicants: a certified copy of your diploma and the records
Other qualifications: copy of your latest diploma, certificate or any document attesting of your experience judged equivalent
For any students who already completed 1 to 3 years of studies in an equivalent field:
The review of the candidacy will be made upon your portfolio:
- courses description of previous instruction, including course contents and total number of hours
- complete design portfolio or book with flat patterns and collection on a CD-ROM
- pictures of garments - if made in pattern drafting on a CD-ROM
Note: For all new accepted students in the 2nd or 3rd year of the underg. Program, upgrading courses in Fashion Design & Pattern making will be compulsory in the beginning of September : 1 week for 2nd year and 2 weeks for 3rd year. 
English level required: for applicants who want to study this program in English
-provide an English language proficiency certificate by the sending of application (TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS or others…)

Kingston University


  • The preferred entry route for this course is for applicants to be taking an Art & Design Foundation Diploma, or the recognised equivalent.
  • Applicants will need a minimum of 280 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications.
Plus GCSE (A*–C): five subjects including English and Maths (Key Skills Level 2 may be used in lieu of GCSE English and Maths).
Offers will be made on the basis of your UCAS application, portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants.