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Polly Thomas

Fashion Designer

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About me

I have just graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a first class degree in Fashion Design.  As well as having developed a broad range of design skills during my studies, my time in Edinburgh has given me the confidence to develop ideas and solve problems culminating in the development of an innovative fabric I conceived and then used to create an exciting final degree collection.   I am very commercially aware and have enjoyed a diverse portfolio of work experience over the past seven years. This has given me exposure to PR, Marketing & Communications, Graphic Design, Product Development, Buying and Sourcing, Market Research and Trend-forecasting.    Having grown up in Asia, I enjoy travelling and embracing different cultures. As well as constantly informing and influencing my work, this has given me an understanding of the global fashion industry and associated creative industries. My final university dissertation focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the luxury market in China with particular reference to the importance of the historic trade connections between the Eastern and Western world.

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Skills

  • Innovation Design
  • Commercial Design
  • Creative
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Bespoke Textiles
  • Highly Organised
  • Team Worker
  • Concept Ideas
  • Presentation
  • Fashion Design/patternmaking/construction/dds/illustration

Work history

Currently

Accessories Design Intern

Michael Kors

Sep 2016
  • New York, United States
  • Internship
  • I was awarded an internship with the bag design team at Michael Kors in New York following a competition to design and produce a bag for the diverse MK consumer. I spent time in the design team at MK where I learnt about the design process of a global fashion company and the important balance between commerciality and creativity at a luxury level.

2016

Product Development/Knitwear Sourcing/Design Intern

NEXT

Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
  • Hong Kong
  • Internship
  • Internship offered following previous work experience in 2013 Assisted a senior Knitwear product developer and the head of Knitwear in Hong Kong. My role included research and design development for the upcoming season, completing technical design packs for design manufacture, attending frequent meetings with Yarn producers from all over Asia, Compiling trend reports, market research, swatch books, attending meetings with the UK & Shanghai design teams.

2016

PR & Digital Marketing Intern

SEEN

May 2016 - Jun 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • My role included assisting with the organisation and execution of an event for VO5 at WILDLIFE festival. Tasks: coverage reports to clients, arranging and attending press appointments, developing relationships with various media titles and bloggers, pitching products to ensure coverage is secured, sending and organising creative mailers.

2013

Creative Intern

Gravity London

Dec 2013 - Dec 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • An insight into the life of a creative designer, with a focus on digital. My Adobe Suite skills proved invaluable for design tasks. I was asked to come up with five ideas for an advertising pitch - one of which was pitched to a major corporate customer.

2013

Assistant Stylist

Phoenix Magazine

Dec 2013 - Dec 2013
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Assisted the Editor in Chief, in the creation of an Alpine inspired campaign. My role included sourcing garments from stores and designers, contacting local press and media, meetings with the shoot location manager, as well assisting on the day of the shoot.

2013

Marketing Communications Intern

Burberry

Aug 2013 - Aug 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Joining the Marketing and Communications Department at Burberry’s headquarters I assisted in the coordination of a marketing campaign for a new fragrance - this was an exciting and inspiring environment which gave me an eye opening experience into a fast paced, global luxury fashion company.

Education

Currently

GCSE

Blundells School

Sep 1999
  • United Kingdom
  • Awarded Art Scholarship

2015

Design Summer School

Donghua University

Jun 2015 - Jul 2015
  • Shanghai, China
  • (Awarded Full Scholarship) - Summer Fashion Program 2015

2017

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Fashion Design

University of Edinburgh

Sep 2014 - Jul 2017
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Awarded First Class Degree

2014

Art and Design Foundation Diploma

Oxford Brookes

Sep 2013 - Jul 2014
  • Oxford, United Kingdom

2013

A Level

Taunton School

Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
  • A Levels - Art, English, French, Maths

Awards

2016

Coach Design Competition

British Fashion Council

  • Finalist - 1/6

2016

  • Awarded Scholarship and Mentoring programme supporting my Graduate Collection.

2015

Michael Kors Accessories Design Competition

University of Edinburgh

  • Winner - Awarded Summer Internship in New York at Michael Kors.