Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Notes for my personal statement

- industry experience
Working at African fashion week for Adebayo jones
Working with Palmer Harding at London fashion week

- hobbies
Design clothes
Sewing clothes


BTEC in art and design
French alevel

-character traits
Team player
Good listener
Good communicator 

-why you want to do that particular course 
I want to work in the fashion industry, preferably a designer. A course in fashion will give me the skills I need for my future career.  I want to develop my skills in pattern cutting, sewing, designing and pushi my creativity and research skills. I can't imagine doing anything else. I have a strong desire to design and make clothes that people want to wear which this coursework will give me the building blocks to do. 

- volunteering
Same as industry experience
Charity shop

-ambition for progression
Hopefully do a sandwich year and work at a clothing brand. After graduating I would like to be offered a job there or maybe try to start my own clothing line.

- what makes you different to other students
I'm determined to succeed in my chosen career path. I'm hardworking and a fast learner. I'm good at being independent in my work and do a lot outside of school e.g. Work experience and my fashion blog. 

-why you want to be in the chosen industry
Clothes are one of the first things that you noticed about a person. Without them even opening their mouths we immediately judge someone on what they wear. I like how clothes can change your personality and how people perceive you. I love dressing myself and I think dressing other people would be incredible. 

-what inspires you
Everything can inspire me. Films, art, music, nature, other designers,fashion bloggers. 

-external influences
Designers such as Alexander McQueen and Alexander wang, Hedi Slimane, raf Simons. My mum.

-subject specific skills
Sewing, pattern cutting, drawing skills, life drawing, organisation, creative

-projects and work that you've done that is appropriate for the course
Fad, personal work. 

-other all around qualities
Same a personality traits

-independent work and qualities aside from school, extra curricular
Fad course

-additional studies

-work experience 
- good grammar and spelling

Whilst doing research about personal statements I found this:
Willie Walters, programme director for fashion at Central St Martins, said the personal statement is "secondary" to portfolio work.

Walters advises applicants to make their portfolio work as clear as possible, and to include research and sketchbook work, as well as photographs of design pieces. "We look for originality and something fresh."

When it comes to the written statement, saying you have a "passion for fashion" is an immediate no-no, says Josephine Collins, course leader for fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion.

"It's easy to do and sounds great but we've seen it so many times before," she warns. Similarly, admissions tutors cringe when confronted with yet another tired quote from a fashion icon

."We always have the same designers quoted. Every now and then someone says they are interested in a more conceptual designer and it makes them stand out. You can tell they are engaging more deeply."

"I steer clear of students who talk mainly about celebrity fashion and TV programmes in their personal statements because it makes me think that they see fashion as something rather fluffy," she says.

Outside interests show an engagement with general society that is important for a fashion student, and key to fashion admissions tutors.

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