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I have achieved an advanced Diploma in fashion design. Receiving a Diploma in Fashion Design from the Elizabeth Galloway Institute of Fashion Design and the advanced Diploma from the Cape Town College of Fashion Design. A year internship with Pick ‘n Pay Clothing as a womenswear garment quality controller and a 3-month stint as a trainee merchandiser at 9&1 designs, paved the way to the launch of Tanika.Designs and the Akinat store. After which I decided to move abroad to Chengdu, China to learn mandarin while teaching part time. This sparked creative juices of mine, which allowed me the opportunity to photograph and blog about daily experiences in Chengdu, while living among the locals.Locked Pro Plan feature
Official launch of Tanika.Designs (High quality, limited quantity, womenswear clothing). I have always had a passion and drive to start my own line of clothing that is of high quality and limited quantity, offering clients with supremely made garments that are comfortable and long lasting. Custom made designer wear from everyday attire to that outfit someone wanted but could never find, I would create for them to their measurements. During the first few months before launching, I had employed one seamstress, where I trained her in garment construction techniques as well as how to operate the machinery. We used industrial cover seam, binder and straight stitch machinery as well as a domestic over locker. To help with the construction of garments and preparation before our launch I also had the pleasure of welcoming interns from Elizabeth Galloway for 1-2 weeks. During this time, I was able to show them life of a small business start-up, from constructing garments to styling them on shoots. They were able to observe and learn from my business. The opening of the Akinat store provided me with a base for which clients were able to have a safe and comfortable space to come to when booking consultations. We offered tea, coffee and cake for snacks while customers were able to try on garments and browse the store for clothing, décor, homeware and accessories.
Suppliers to Pick ‘n Pay clothing. As a trainee merchandiser for 9&1 designs, I was responsible for ensuring that garments arrived to the specifications and quality of buyers, as well as within a specific time frame. If garments were received and were not of specified quality, I would point out the faults directly to my employer and she would suggest how these could be improved. Skills gained & lessons learnt: • Overseas samples photographed, tagged and analysed for costings, prepared for the retailer according to time deadline given by the buyer. Presentation of garments being crucial. • Preparation of samples being sent back to factories • Sketches of the counter samples, detailed technical drawings with styling details and comments • Required cost prices advised • Log kept on all garments • Measurements done On the receipt of orders • Tech packs • Lab dips • Label information • Trims • Bulk fabric • Carton markings • Daily communication with factories (China/India) to follow up on costings, fabrics and where about of garments as well as counter samples • Preparation to courier all outgoing samples and monitoring incoming parcels. Tracking to ensure that garments are received and returned in due course. Not adhering to deadlines in this area are crucial, failure to be the push and ensure all is followed up on and complete in good time, leads to late delivery and discounts on our side.
As an intern in the womenswear quality control department, I was able to sit in on fittings where crucial changes to garments would be made. I would type out the changes depending on the specified garment and send the updated details to the suppliers. I was also responsible for organizing the sample sale of garments within the department and the layout of them. After garments were finalized and sealed for final production, I was responsible for typing out graded specs sheets and once approved by my senior I was able to send them out to suppliers. Lessons learnt: • Organizational skills • Communication with suppliers and buyer • Quality control of garments make-up as well as fit, and solutions given to improve • Grading of sizes and styles • Fabric weight tests • Fabric wash tests • Attention to the small details that are rarely noticed • Cope well under pressure and get what needs to be done fast and efficiently • Wash care knowledge • Computer literate
Learning Mandarin (speaking, readying and writing) I will complete HSK levels for proficiency in Chinese.
Training, teaching English as a foreign language
Experiential learning (Module code: EL2) • Research into relevant field (RE1) • Design research (DR1) • Design (DVD1) • Business plan (MB1) • Portfolio, Garment boards (PF1) *Highly competent in all
• Design: Fashion Design (research for design, focus on design for client & self-expression), creative computing, drawing & illustration, textile surface design, fashion photography. • Technology: Pattern making (basic, focus on production for client & self-expression, specialized techniques), garment construction, technical drawing. • Business Management: Business studies (research business idea, theory & finance, produce business plan, marketing & product design), design management (fashion buying & merchandising, sourcing & supply chain management, planning, management & display of creative). • Theory: Experimental learning, research for practice (historical & contemporary), textile studies, professional development. *Merit received