Looking back on 2014 and what I have achieved, I am extremely proud of the success of my collection. After endless days of working on my collection along with the other stresses as a third year fashion design student, I could not have imagined that I would be where I am now.
Firstly, I graduated! That in itself was an achievement and something that seemed harder than once thought.
Secondly, I was selected to show at Graduate Fashion Week. This was one of the highlights of my year. It was all surreal and I still can’t believe I was part of something so incredible. After the Gfw hype settled down, I didn’t expect to be approached by so many people to collaborate with and be featured in articles. I am very thankful to everyone who has wanted to work with me and for everything I have been involved in. This is continuing into the new year and I have a few projects lined up in the next couple of months. I do love seeing how people interpret my work and hearing their thoughts on my collection.
Every photoshoot and catwalk has been a great networking experience and I feel privileged to be acknowledged for my work and achievements. Along with this, seeing my name in a variety of magazines makes everything feel very real.
Since graduating I was able to secure a job as a Product Developer for a Denim Manufacturer. My wishes had come true. In a world of unemployed graduates, I couldn’t believe my luck. The job enabled me to brush up on my design skills along with gaining knowledge as a developer and experiencing the real world of fashion. I really was thrown in at the deep end designing, creating illustrator specification packs, fabric and trim sourcing, having team meetings with staff and clients, contacting mills and factories, being part of garment sampling processes and much more. It was an amazing experience that I am very grateful for. It was all go and very challenging but I loved every minute of it and I have met some lovely people along the way.
The New Year has led me to a new job and away from design. Something that I am still very passionate about but something that is extremely niche. I really want to expand my knowledge further in the fashion industry and think this is the perfect step I need to start progressing.
Next week I start my new job as a Trainee Merchandiser for a very successful and ever growing company. Again, I can’t believe my luck to land yet another job straight out of university. I am eager to persue this new challenge and very excited to start. New year, new job. Roll on 2015…