Frances Pauls

Fashion Design Intern, Trainee Buyer, Costume Coordinator on film

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

As a designer I am interested in how fashion and global trends are always shifting and how the world is on a constant forward journey. I am passionate about garment design, prints and textile design, illustration, trends, social media platforms and fashion personal relations. During my graduation year in 2014, I was recognized on many platforms. I won first place in the Foschini Design Awards and I was a top 6 Elle Rising Star Finalist across the whole of Africa, which awarded me the opportunity of showcasing my graduate collection at Africa Fashion Week 2014. Before and whilst studying I worked continuously in various areas of the fashion industry; exercising my ability to adapt, multitask, work with people and communicate clearly which I believe will be an advantage in any future fashion design role. My Accounting Degree has given me a strong sense of commercial acumen which is an extra benefit to my skill set. I am highly organised, driven and trend aware with a strong commercial eye. I am looking to gain more experience as a designer in a commercial fashion or trend forecasting environment in London.

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Print Design
  • Design
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Social Media
  • Fashion Buying
  • Apparel Design
  • Assisting
  • Trend Theme Research
  • Trend Forecasting and Research
  • Trend Concept Design

Work history

2015

Wardrobe Assistant on Mat Joubert TV Series

Out of Africa Film Production

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Opportunity to work under the Scottish Emmy Award winning Costume Designer Kate Carin and gain valuable experience in the world of Film and Costume. (I worked on this job for the full duration of the production) Duties Included: • Office administration multitasking and assisting the Costume Designer. • Setting up and running the costume budget on excel, ensuring the costume buyers cash flow was timeously replenished, working with the financial accounts team and doing weekly budget reconciliations. • Dealing with high profile actors. • Last minute costume buying for lead actors, buying according to a theme and aesthetic. • Coordinating and managing costumes of characters on set.

2014

Design Internship at Foschini Head Office

The Foschini Group

Apr 2014 - Jun 2014
  • As part of winning first place in the 2014 Foschini Design Awards, I was invited to intern at the Foschini Design Center and design garments to be manufactured for store. Duties included: • Designing and presenting a collection to be manufactured for Foschini Stores. Collection to be fashion forward, commercially viable and to target a specific target market. • Brief the manufacturing department on designs chosen to be manufactured. Handing over full spec CADs, along with fabric and trim specs.

2012

Costume Co-ordinator on Strike Back 3

Left Bank Pictures/hbo/sony

Nov 2011 - Jun 2012
  • (Another opportunity to work under the Scottish Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer Kate Carin - I worked on this film for the duration of the project) Duties Included: • Setting up and running a £150000.00 costume budget on excel, ensuring the costume buyers cash flow was timeously replenished, working with the financial accounts team and doing weekly budget reconciliations. (The template that I programmed during this job has continued to be used by the Costume Team and they are still using it currently) • Coordinating product placements with top brands Casio, Ray Ban and Puma. • Conducting costume research and compiling costume mood-boards to be loaded onto the film’s intranet and presented to the Director. • Office administration multitasking.

2011

Trainee Buyer Denim Wear

Truworths

Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
  • Training under the Men’s Casual Denim buyer I was exposed to the buying cycle, buying principles and the many elements of the denim textile. Duties included: • Liaising with suppliers regarding samples. • Monday morning sales reports. • Marketing coordinator for menswear – dealing with the marketing department and supplying them with garment codes, description and delivery dates. • Coordinating weekly window display content at head office and communicating this to visual merchandising. • Constant trend research and trend reporting for denim wear. • Regular competition analysis. I would do competitor analysis reports that I would send out to the department in presentation format. • Recording minutes in all menswear merchandising meetings and uploading them onto the shared network for the whole department to make use of. • Presenting projects as part of my training which showed my understanding of the buying cycle and Truworths business practices. • Initially spending time in Truworths stores to learn the principles of running a fashion retail space as well as learning about the Truworths customer and merchandising principles.

Education

2015

Textile Design Cool Fashion Hunting Short Course

Central Saint Martins

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
  • Textile Design & Cool Fashion Hunting short course

2014

Fashion Design

Cape Town College of Fashion Design

Jan 2012 - Dec 2014
  • Fashion

Awards

2014

Academic Awards Achieved at Graduation at Cape Town College of Fashion Design

  • 1. Achiever of the Year Award. 2. Merit Award for Outstanding Achievements in All Areas. 3. Betty Keet Couture Award. 4. Merit Award for Academic Achievement in Pattern Design 3.

2014

Elle Rising Star Africa Top 6 Finalist

2014

Foschini Design Awards First Place Winner

2014

Cuddlers rebranding childrenswear collection First Place winner

2013

Academic Awards Achieved at the end of my second year at Cape Town College of Fashion Design

  • 1. Fashion Design Award 2. Textile Award 3. Fashion Merchandising Award

2012

Academic Awards Achieved at the end of my first year at Cape Town College of Fashion Design

  • 1. Fashion Design Award 2. Achiever of the Year Award (with highest results across all subjects)