Sarah Buchanan

Perceptive and Inspired Fashion Design Solutionist


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About me

| AT A GLANCE | Sarah E Buchanan Solutionist Focused Driven Motivated. | PERSONAL | Fashion Design keeps me dedicated. It is my drive, my enthusiasm, and my perception. To be able to design, as my employment is my ambition, one I am determined to achieve. I am a highly motivated, creative individual. Able to work successfully in high-pressure situations, I am a dynamic team player always willing to do what is needed and find a solution to a problem. Collaborative, coordinated and passionate, I thrive on all the small victories, as well as the large ones. I have a natural proactive flare and will happily work under my own directions, as well as effectively integrating as part of a team, analysing situations and attempting to pre-empt what will be needed. This makes me an eager aspirant, someone who is known for having a smile on my face and will always discover the silver lining.


  • Fashion
  • Shoes
  • Assistant
  • Design
  • Pre Production
  • Product Development
  • Technical Design
  • Excel
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Adobe

Work history


Design Room Assistant

River Island

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
  • Last month I was lucky enough to spend time supporting the Womenswear Design Team at River Island. This was an exciting opportunity to expand my Design specific experience with a leading high street retailer. Working closely with the Skirt Designer in particular, I was able to design and spec ideas for the coming season as well as researching for mood boards, constructing colour palettes and sourcing trims. DESIGN ? Generating new season colour palettes and inspiration stories. ? Souring and meeting with Trim suppliers. ? Researching for specific lines. ? Editing and selecting research for mood board presentation. ? Research for specific garments and finishes. ? Designing for skirts. ? Design Development. ? Specing my own designs, as well as generating specs packs for other designs. ? Creating mood boards for Design Controller. ? Researching for the Head of Design. ? Spec drawings for new design pack.


Technical Design Development Assistant

Victoria Beckham

Nov 2013 - Mar 2015
  • Here I was able to really make the trim department my own, expanding contacts and suppliers alongside sourcing and providing new trim for the season. Ensuring it was all in line with the designer vision and studio functionality. Creating research boards for the season based around technique, trim and accessories, I worked as part of a small team on the contemporary line. My role being very hands on, involved in the entire design process from initial research to handing over to the production team. I began on the Victoria Line as an intern and was offered a permanent role. This meant I have had an extensive range of experience including but not limited to: DESIGN ? Creating research boards for the season, including look, woman, mood and inspiration. ? Creating design boards with drawings and intended fabrics. ? Sourcing appropriate and innovative trim for entire collection. ? Creating design specification drawings for the look book shoes. ? Overseeing the ecommerce and sales photo shoot. ? Producing sales presentation for the end of season. PRODUCTION ? Calculating print layouts, including grading for production. ? Specification drawing, front and back, for the entire collection intended for tech packs. ? Colour specifications, including inserting textured fabrics for accurate depiction for sales line sheets. ADMIN ? Organising the send out of the collection to NYFW and VB selections. ? Preparing and tech packs for production hand over including all garment detail. ? Organising flights, transfers and money for team. ? Booking models and rooms for meetings, and set up.



Fashion Design Technology Womenwear

London College of Fashion

Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
  • Complete design and development process from research and design to pattern cutting and make



Best 3-Way Collaboration

  • Awarded for graduate collection by