Elwira Dobkowska

Womenswear Designer

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Qualifications Summary : - Excellent understanding of women’s garment design and manufacturing process which I have learned through while working in a Design Studio based next to production line at CDN Fashion. - Confident and organized way of working on product development I have amplified while working with UK and overseas suppliers at Bolongaro Trevor. - Strong fashion and colour sense evolved during 5 years MA Fashion Course at Academy Of Art in Lodz, Poland. - Good knowledge of fabrics, ability to choose the best match between garment design and fabric supported by few years experience of design and developing samples for seasonal collections. - Knowledge of theory and techniques required to compose, produce and perform works of visual arts like prints, mood boards, portfolios and fashion illustrations - Ability to draw and design using traditional tools , graphic tablet and excellent expertise in Adobe software. - Knowledge of cutting patterns. - Ability to sew. - Good knowledge of marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques and brand management that allows me to analyse design from commercial point of view. -Ability to organize work autonomously, defining priorities while working with small team of designers, pattern cutters and production manager.

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Apparel
  • Print Design
  • Drawing
  • Digital
  • Mixed Media
  • Design
  • Fabric
  • Pen Ink
  • Sewing
  • Technical Design
  • Excel
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop

Work history

Currently

Womenswear Designer

Bolongaro Trevor

Aug 2014
  • - assisting Creative Director Kait Bolongaro in creating seasonal collections including research, trends analysis, creating mood boards and initial sketches, budget planning. - managing product development of Womenswear Department including creating and updating Tech Packs, Critical Path, creating and distribution of sample packs for manufacturers, tracking samples, swatches, strike offs and work progress, creating patterns - managing production with overseas suppliers including labelling development, approving PP samples and trims, providing graded size specs for production, shipment samples QC. - designing and developing prints, including all over, placement prints in screen print techniques and digital/ sublimation techniques. - designing and developing embellishments - liaising and building good relations with both UK and International manufacturers

2014

Assistant Designer Womenswear

Bolongaro Trevor

Apr 2014 - Jul 2014

2013

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Inspiration Trend Analysis Project Stylish London POP UP Shop

Aug 2013 - Oct 2013
  • - designing wallpaper, packaging regarding to clients brief - creating short themed slide show

2012

Womenswear Designer

CDN Fashion

Mar 2010 - Nov 2012
  • - working in a Design Studio in a team with co - designer, pattern cutters, production manager. - designing Womenswear 25+ collection for monthly deliveries including technical documentation - creating the concepts of seasonal collections including trends in fashion and requirements of a client - conferring with sales and management executives regarding design ideas - directing and coordinating colleagues involved in cutting patterns and sewing samples - cooperating with production manager to plan production and solve unexpected production issues - selecting accessories matching collection - designing placement prints - styling and coordinating photo shoots

2009

Womeswear Design Intern

CDN Fashion

Aug 2009 - Nov 2009
  • - creating designs according to brief and qualities chosen by Design Team - preparing technical documentation - presenting designs and ideas to Design Team - managing work of pattern cutters on designs approved for production

2009

Womenswear Design Intern

Top Secret

May 2009 - Sep 2009
  • Womenswear Design and Print Design Inter

Education

2011

Fashion Design and Print Design

Academy of Art in Lodz, Poland

Sep 2005 - Dec 2011
  • Master of Arts Faculty of Fashion and Textile Specialized in Fashion Design. Second specialization in Printed Textile Design.