A creative professional with in-depth knowledge and experience of working in the fashion industry, a history of collaborating with established artists and a parallel practice developing and producing collections working in an fashion/art context. From work with a range of companies and through personal practice has broad fashion design industry skills and insight. As well as working for personal fashion practice has vast experience working with customer facing roles. As a senior retail assistant at a high-end iconic fashion brand Margaret Howell for the past 5 years, as well as having experience in front of house roles supporting independent art galleries and busy Haberdasheries.
Designing capsule collections in Menswear. Creating concepts through personal research, sourcing fabric, working with pattern cutters, screen and digital printers, embroiderers, seamstresses, laser cutters. Overseeing design, development, and production to finished garments.
Duties include providing high standard of customer service. Knowledge of garments and fabrics used within each collection. Educating customers which factories and suppliers where involved in the manufacture. Ensuring accurate procedures for stock levels and visitor numbers. Answering calls, liaising between stores and organising mail orders. Ensuring store is clean. Key holder of closing and opening of store.
General Assistant to Designer, working in all aspects of the company. Cutting, Designing, Sourcing & testing of fabrics, tracing blocks and patterns, costing, quality check and pack, organising studio, Pattern work, dressing for fittings, photographing collection, Finishes, basic artwork for collections. Working in a team environment, building a fashion collection, hands on, multi-tasking on a day-to-day basis.
Long Established Specialist Haberdashery Business, trading in London's Soho. Duties include serving customers from London Showroom. Advising customers on products stocked such as garment trims/Sewing equipment/Interlinings/Zips/etc to suite their needs, and recommending certain products to solve creative ideas. Working within a busy environment. Dealing with wide range of clientele.
Duties included assisting Pattern cutters, Tracing patterns, Cutting out garments for sampling, hand sewing, Preparing garments for manufacture, Boxing and shipping items, working towards Paris Fashion week Fall AW/W 2010 Ready-To-Wear collection. General studio assistance in production
Duties included; greeting customers, providing information on exhibits and events. Invigilating the gallery including setup, open, closing of the reception area. Cash reconciliation. Managing bookshop. Assisting with marketing tasks such as research, mail outs and leaflet distribution. Ensuring accurate procedures for stock levels and visitor numbers. Operating telephone switchboard, taking messages. Assisting with gallery operations such as installation of exhibitions, private views, and artists talk.
Duties included; in-depth research into collection autumn/ winter 2005/06. Working alongside Marjan Pejoski and small team of people creating Marjan Pejoski label. This included designing, rendering flat designs, creating patterns for print, creating sculptures, creating shop window for KOKONTOZAI. Pattern cutting, sewing up toile’s, working on stand. Sourcing fabrics and details. Supervising fittings. Assisting with garment manufacture.
Assisted studio on all aspects of design development and manufacture. Worked alongside pattern cutters and seamstresses, revising garment patterns, screen-printing final collection fabric and organising studio.
Skills gained; Major in Fashion Design, minor in New Media. Collection design. Photography, Film, Audio and Interactive media, in order to promote garment collections. Screen Printing, basics in Knitwear and Sculpture. Creating ideas within collections, and emphasis on concepts and philosophies, as well as technical, business, intellectual and creative development. Portfolio. Pattern Cutting. Skills gained in Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut-Pro and Director. This was a intensive one-year MA which combined many elements like Film and Fashion together.
Skills gained; Major in Fashion Design, minor in Fashion Marketing. Collection Design. Pattern cutting, Sewing, Screen Printing, Knitwear, Photography, Film. Portfolio. Fashion Business and Product placement. Outside industry projects. Creating innovative concepts, through product development to promotion. Contemporary design influences, consumer behaviour and the dynamics of the marketplace. Skills gained in Photoshop and Illustrator. This was a four-year course (one year out for placements).