Your first year at uni is when you find yourself, reinvent yourself, shed the old and grab hold of the new. It's a time to realise what you're really into, experiment with style, hair, music and sex, to make mistakes. Today we don our best fresher-wear and enrol in Ravensbourne where the first years are just getting stuck in. In three years time, where will this lot be? Head designers at luxury fashion houses? Stylists? TV personalities? Tibetan monks following an existential fabric trip to Cambodia? The future's theirs for the taking! Watch them go!
What made you study fashion?
I went to college where I found I was quite technically minded and enjoyed the concept of working from flat pattern cutting creating a 3D design. Also being interested in clothes and image, how fashion can create an image and a sense of mind, designing came rather naturally to me. I love the fact there are so many elements to fashion, its not just about designing or creating it’s about understanding the evolving world around us!
What really inspires you?
It varies from time to time, what area I am looking at. I gather inspiration from a vast array, keeping my eyes and mind open, keeping myself busy in order to come across new things. It can be what someone says or something that’s caught my eye on the way to work. But ultimately it the people who I am designing for that inspire my designs the most, I want women to feel attractive in my clothes and therefore I also design with this in mind.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
Being around so many liked minded people but also being in such a select group of people means I get more feedback and attention to evolve into the designer I want and can be. Also Ravensbourne, being in London is just amazing there is just no place like it, so much to do and be inspired by! The industry connections my uni offers, really helps experiencing what the fashion industry is about and also learning valuable skills for the industry.
What’s the best thing about London and its fashion scene?
I love London and being able to come from a small quiet town into this world full of life is something I get to experience on a daily basis. What is great about London is you can be who ever you want, to be wear whatever you want and no one judges you.
What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
Honestly finding one that wasn’t rude was hard but, when I found out my mum has an app called ‘find the cat’ on her phone the other night; that had me going.
Where do you see yourself in 3 years times?
The dream would be to have my own design label but I know I’ll have to work hard to get it. Realistically in three years I want to be working at a high-end couture label, maybe even working abroad where I will be able to work my way up and my decisions having a positive effect.