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A creative person that has excelled in each employment role. As a recent graduate with a first class honours degree in fashion studies, my work at Bridal Boutique, Pretty Panache enabled me to have first hand experience of designing a capsule bridal range, pattern making/cutting and alterations as well as my degree and various external design projects this enabled me to have specific design experience but also valuable and transferable skill-set in this fast-paced and competitive industry. During my fashion knitwear course at Nottingham Trent University and my fashion studies course at the University of Lincoln I undertook a wide range of design projects including external national design projects of which I became a finalist in three competitions. Utilising excellent design, colour and illustration skills. Looking to secure a position within a leading fashion company that allows growth where I can start immediately and develop a long and successful career.
The main aspect of this role was to focus on customer service and to develop a truly professional service.
My previous role as designer and seamstress at pretty panache was a very varied role. This included designing a capsule collection of wedding dresses currently being sold as part of the company’s Amelie-May collection. A proportion of my role included sales of wedding and bridesmaid dresses. The sales I achieved resulted directly in a sales increase on the previous year, during my time there. An equally large responsibility of the role was performing alterations on all aspects of bridal wear. The quality of this work was always well received by our brides and often resulted in positive feedback to my manager. My role also included a large amount of pattern cutting, detailed sewing work, embellishment and proficiency with industrial machines.
My recent role based at Topshop flagship store at Princes Street Edinburgh, was a product and replenishment role, my duties and expectations included having extensive Brand knowledge. To work with enthusiasm and pace with daily tasks and still maintain a focus on customer service alongside my daily duties.This role required me to possess the ability to react quickly to changing situations and on occasion styling mannequins or installing a new window launch. I was involved in visual merchandising daily by placing new lines in store to look aesthetically pleasing in trends and look at best/worst sellers to analyse weekly figures and to increase sales. I used my strong communication skills to communicate key Brand information to the Visual and wider store teams and maintained excellent organisation and project management skills with the ability to multi-task each day.
The role of freelance costume designer and maker was a very fast paced role. My key responsibilities were, Pattern making, Pattern Cutting, Design Decisions relating to costume design, Made to measure garments, Alterations, Repairs and Fittings to Actors/Actresses.
My key responsibilities in this role included focusing intensely on customer service, being brand aware and a great deal of visual merchandising.
In this role I was liaising with stores nationally and external printers. Creating national marketing campaigns for stores and online, creating look-books for HO as well as designing and producing graphics for both online and print including e-newsletters, promo material and national parenting magazines.
This course provided me a broad-based understanding of fashion and clothing industries. I studied a wide range of fashion disciplines including the process of design, CAD, tech drawings, pattern cutting, millinery, mood boards, trend research, illustration, sourcing fabrics and trims and presenting. Which provided practical knowledge to apply to creative and conceptual thinking and applying this knowledge to commercial ranges. This included attending GFW and completing several external national competitions for George Asda, DFS and Giles Deacon, The Design Museum and Urban Outfitters. This resulted in me being a finalist for DFS and Giles Deacon design competition and winning the Design Museum , in which I designed a trans-seasonal shoe encompassing the ‘best of British’. During my time at University of Lincoln I also gained funding via a bursary for my exploration of colour and using natural dyes for my degree collection from the society of dyers and colourists. I also won funding from Enterprise-inc and undertook workshops on business.
This course was focused on knitwear design and gave a great grounding on understanding a different aspect of womenswear. Also successfully completing group projects, presentations, using knitting machines and technically gaining a good knowledge of construction within knitwear garments.