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I am a womenswear and print designer based in London with a keen interest in both the fashion industry and the wider creative industries. I am very competent in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and excellent at drawing and design research and development. I have excellent written and verbal communication skills and great organisational skills. I'm very culturally engaged, with a strong awareness of trends in the worlds of art and design as well as the fashion industry.
I work very closely with creative director John Richmond to develop designs across womenswear, accessory, shoe and scarf collections. I am involved in every step of the design process, from the initial concept research through to the completed designs. I am proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and am confident in using them to create artworks and technical drawings. I design original prints and embroideries and update archive artworks for new collections. I can create accurate tech packs to send to factories and much of my job is spent liaising with the production team in Italy so effective communication is a big part of my role. As part of a very small team I am expected to take creative ownership of my work and the responsibility of managing several tasks at once.
My responsibilities in this role were chiefly pattern cutting and toile development, and then the construction of samples and showpieces. I was involved in design decisions and development in both 2D and 3D. I assisted with the construction of a large hand beaded installation at the NOW gallery in Greenwich. I assisted in the coordination of production, preparing the collection to ship to stores worldwide and liaising with suppliers and stockists and participated in exclusive sales events for high profile customers. I was also responsible for the small team of interns and managed group tasks.
I assisted the design team with pattern cutting and construction and developed an understanding of the working environment in an established international company.
This was a very hands on internship where I worked directly with the designer as part of a four person team, hand painting garments, pattern cutting, sewing, dyeing fabrics, researching and making accessories. organised and efficient at administrative tasks, I was designated project manager for the presentation of the collection at London Fashion Week. I managed a team responsible for preparing the show space, organising models and dressers backstage and supervising press and guest access to restricted areas.
As one of the most prestigious courses of its kind in the world, my time at Westminster equipped me with the skills to work in the fashion industry. I developed the technical knowledge to understand both garment construction and the CAD processes involved in design. I was also pushed creatively to produce highly personal, modern and exciting work.