Fashion Students

Finding a Summer Work Placement

With summer break just around the corner (or already started for some!), I’m sure the majority of students nationwide are dreaming of two to three months of no deadlines, no alarm clocks, and no coursework (WOOHOO!). However, as well as catching up on sleep, some students may also be looking for a great experience to add to their CV and learn some new skills.

A summer work placements is a great opportunity to network with people in your industry, learn new skills and get some experience on your CV. It can sometimes be difficult finding the right work placement for you, so I’ve put together some tips that I’ve learned over the years that might help.

#1  – Create an amazing CV

You need a CV to send to possible employers to let them know a bit about you. For a creative placement in a creative industry, try to find a creative way to display your contact information, education, work experience and skills on an A4 page. Make sure it is clear, but also eye-catching and relevant to the types of positions you want to apply for.

Find more of my CV writing tips here.

#2 – Write a cover letter

Sometimes you may need to send a cover letter along with your CV. A cover letter is a short letter that details why you are applying for the position, what relevant experience you have and states your availability. Don’t make it too general, try to tailor everything you say to the company and position you are applying for.

#3 – Research

Once you have your CV and cover letter sorted, start researching for possible placement opportunities. Think about what area of Fashion you may be interested in learning more about. If you’re already on a degree course, think about what role would complement your degree. Brainstorm some ideas of jobs you’d like to learn more about and companies that you may like to work for. If you need some help thinking of possible job roles in the fashion industry, this book is great to learn more about fashion jobs.

After you’ve had a think about what kind of roles and companies you may be interested in, have a look at these websites to find current opportunities that may suit you.

If there is a very specific brand that you are looking to intern for, another good option is to have a look at their social media profiles to see if there are any vacancies. If that fails, another idea is to email or phone them directly enquiring about an opportunity.

#4 – Apply!

Once you’ve found roles that you’re interested in applying for, start sending out your CV and cover letter and wait for responses. It may take a while to get responses from some companies as they may be busy, but hopefully, you’ll get a good few replies which may invite you for a face to face interview or telephone interview.

Remember, when you are applying for any job or internship the interview stage is as much about you working out if you want to work for the company/brand as it is about them working out if they think you’d be a good fit in their organisation, so try not to be too nervous or anxious.

I hope this helped some of you looking for work placement this summer, or at any other times in the year. I’d love to hear if any of you have any tips for your fellow students looking for a work placement, so tweet me @tizz_tazz if you do 🙂

Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Graduate Fashion Week 2017 came to an end on Wednesday 7th June with Halina North from Edinburgh College of Art announced the Gold Award winner. Congratulations to her! Read more about the GFW17 winners here.

Thanks to the amazing team at FAD (@fadcharity), I was able to attend a few shows during Graduate Fashion Week 2017 and meet some of the talented FAD Competition finalists who were presenting in GFW17 (including @zoe_alexandria_ & @laurampritchard). I thought it’d be nice to share with you some pictures I took during GFW of the amazing work by graduating students.

 

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Amazing glittery outfit by a student at Nottingham Trent University

 

Lovely print from a Nottingham Trent student

Lovely print from a Nottingham Trent student

 

Great texture from Nottingham Trent!

Great texture from Nottingham Trent!

 

Fantastic structural collection by a UCA Epsom student.

Fantastic structural collection by a UCA Epsom student.

 

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Amazing collection from talented FAD Competition finalist @belizabethselway

 

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Fab outfit by UCA Epsom student.

 

Innovative collection incorporating balloons from UCA Epsom student

Innovative collection incorporating balloons from UCA Epsom student

 

Great menswear collection from UCA Epsom student @jamie_backshall

Great menswear collection from UCA Epsom student @jamie_backshall

 

Seaside inspired final outfit by UCA Epsom student!

Seaside inspired final outfit by UCA Epsom student!

What a great GFW 2017! Congratulations to all the graduating students of 2017.

I would love to know if any of you got to visit GFW this year, tweet me @tizz_tazz.

Creative Events in London this Summer 2017

With the summer academic term coming to an end, and summer break just beginning, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my annual list of events for you guys to visit this summer!

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington
27th May 2017 – 18th Feb 2018
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The World of Anna Sui
Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge
26th May – 1 October 2017
Find out more 

Graduate Fashion Week
Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
4th – 7th June 2017
Find out more 

New Designers
Business Design Centre, Angel
28th June to 8th July 2017
Find out more 

Joyce Pensato: Forgettabout It
Lisson Gallery, Edgware Road
19th May – 24th June 2017
Find out more

Jürgen Partenheimer: Lichtschwarm
White Cube, Bermondsey
16th May – 18th June 2017
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Joel Shapiro
Pace Burlington Gardens, Mayfair
19th May – 17th June 2017
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Ashley Bickerton
Newport Street Gallery, Lambeth
16th May – 20th August 2017
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David Batchelor: Psychogeometry
Matt’s Gallery, Borough
18th May – 11th June 2017
Find out more

Let me know if you attend any of these events via Twitter (@tizz_tazz), there are definitely a few that I have my eye on.  Also, tweet me if you know of any events that I’ve missed off this list.

CV Writing Tips for Fashion Students

Whilst you’re studying, it’s a good idea to have a CV made up as a working document. Throughout your course, you can keep a record of your achievements and experiences by updating your CV as you go along. This is really useful for when you’re looking to start applying for work placements and internships during summer and/or during University placement years/terms because your CV is always ready to send out!

Below I’ve listed a few tips that I’ve picked up through my two years at University may be useful in creating your CV, whatever stage of your course you’re in:

#1 – Make it eye-catching

Fashion is a competitive industry. There are hundreds, if not thousands of fashion students looking for opportunities, so try to make your CV as individual and eye-catching as possible. This is your chance to present yourself to the industry, so try to create a CV that reflects your personality as well as your academic achievements and experience.

#2 – Align to specific industry or particular company

Make sure all your information, including your skills and personal statement, are aligned with the industry or company you are targeting. If you are looking for a practical role, like a pattern cutter or machinist, ensure you list skills that demonstrate that you know how to use industrial machinery or create flat patterns or can drape on the stand etc.

#3 – Make sure it’s neat and easy to read

Companies can get sent hundreds of applications and CVs for a role. If your CV isn’t neatly presented and hard to read, it may get tossed aside. Ensure someone can pick up your CV and see the main points easily and clearly. Have a good think about how you are going to layout your CV. Try to keep it on one page if possible, and use bullets points to list your information.

#4 – Ensure you’ve included all the important info

CVs usually include; personal details (name, contact info), a profile/personal statement (just a few lines), education/qualifications, achievements, skills, experience, and references. You can also include any relevant interests if you think it will add to your application or show more of your personality.

Remember, sometimes it may be necessary to tailor your information depending on the industry/company you are applying to.

#5 – Get a second opinion

Once you’ve created a draft copy of your CV, have someone check it over for you. This could be a tutor, career advisor or parent. If you know someone that works in the industry/company that you want to apply to, ask if they wouldn’t mind checking it over too!

For more layout ideas and tips, have a look at this Pinterest board.

I hope these few tips have been useful for you! If you have any more tips you’d like to share, leave a comment below or tweet me @tizz_tazz.

Money Saving Tips for Fashion Design Students

Studying fashion design is a very expensive business! So I’ve put together a few money saving tips for anyone already studying fashion design, or any of you who are planning on studying fashion design in the future!

#1 – Set yourself a budget

At the beginning of every academic year, or at the beginning of every project, set yourself a budget for how much you are willing to spend on fabrics, art supplies and anything else you may need for the time period. This ensures that you are keeping an eye on how much your spending, and stops you from getting carried away!

When you buy anything related to your course, keep the receipts as a record for how much you’ve spent and periodically check how your budget is doing throughout the year/term.

Your university will often give a rough idea of how much they expect you’ll spend in the first, second and third year – so look to these as a guideline when setting yourself your own budget.

#2 – Check with your tutor before splashing the cash!

Before you head out to buy your fabrics and haberdasheries, check with your tutor that you are buying the right thing for your design and concept. It’s easy to get stuck in the fabric shop not knowing what to buy, which results in you buying everything! Or, going to the fabric shop, buying the fabric you think is right, and then getting back to uni to be told that you bought the wrong fabric/haberdashery for your project.

This is especially important for the first year, as you may not be experienced enough to know the type of fabric you should buy, the kind of zip you should buy and also how many metres of fabric you should buy. It’s always best to check before going shopping!

#3 – Go to student friendly fabric shops

There are a good number of fabric shops out there in London (have a look at my list of fabric and haberdashery shops here), but not all of them are student friendly – price wise. This is particularly true in your first, and even second year, when you are learning the ropes and are sure to make a few mistakes here or there when sewing. My tip is to buy fabrics from cheaper priced stores, such as the ones on Goldhawk Road or Woolcrest Textiles in East London as much as you possibly can.

Of course, some of these shops may not have the quality that you are looking for, but if you look hard enough you can sometimes find some real gems of amazing rolls of fabrics that could work for your project. I think it’s best to leave the more expensive shops for your second and third year when getting high-quality fabrics are a bit more important and when you’re a bit more experienced. You can still visit and get swatches of fabrics from more expensive shops so that you can build your knowledge of fabrics so that you’re ready for your final collection!

#4 – Always ask for student discount!

Being a student is one of the few opportunities you get in life to get discounts! So make sure you ask in every shop if they do student discount or not. A lot of fabric and art stores will offer a student discount of up to 10% so it’s definitely worth enquiring as the savings can add up!

#5 – Keep all your leftover fabrics

Usually, at the end of a project, you’ll be left with a little bit of fabric left over that could be used in the future. Make sure you keep it stored somewhere safe and clean so that in a future project you can look in your own fabric collection to see if there’s something that can be used. This can help you save money for future projects, or can even be used for your own personal projects!

I hope these tips were useful to you all! Let me know if you have any money saving tips of your own on Instagram and Twitter!

 

Featured Illustrator: Sara Ligari

This weeks featured illustrator is Sara Ligari. Sara Ligari is one of my favourite illustrators, she’s one of the illustrators that I look to for inspiration while I’m discovering my own illustration style. I hope you love her work as much as I do!

Name: Sara Ligari
Based in: Milan
Website: cargocollective.com/saraligari
Facebook: /sara.ligari
Tumblr: saraligariwatercolors.tumblr.com
Instagram: @saraligari

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Fashion Events in London this Autumn & Winter (2016/17)

I can’t believe Summer 2016 is almost over already!! With September right around the corner, I thought now would be a good time to update you all on some of the upcoming fashion events happening this Autumn/Winter 2016/17!

Africa Fashion Week London
Olympia London
9th – 10th September 2016 
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London Fashion Weekend 
Saatchi Gallery 
22 – 25 September 2016
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1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs
Fashion & Textiles Museum 
23 September – 15 January 2017
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Stylist Live
Business Design Centre 
13 – 16 October 2016 
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India Fashion Week London
ExCel Centre London
15 – 16 October 2016 
Find out more

UCAS Design Your Future 2016 
ExCel Centre London
15 – 16 November 2016 
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The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show 
ExCel Centre London 
17 – 19 November 2016 
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The Fashion Awards 2016 
Royal Albert Hall 
5th December 2016 
Find out more 

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Victoria & Albert Museum
16 April 2016 – 12 March 2017
Find out more

 

 

Useful Websites for Fashion Design Students

One of the best things to do whilst you’re studying is to create a library of great resources you can alway dip into when you need inspiration, or certain tools that are useful for your craft. There are hundreds of great online resources out there for creatives to use, but I’ve compiled a few of my favourite websites that I always find myself going back to as a fashion design student.

#1 – Show Studio

I personally love to use this website to look at their Fashion Illustration collections as they feature really talented illustrators on their site.

#2 – Vogue Runway

The best resource for looking at designers latest collections, and also looking back at past collections. I love discovering new designers I’ve never heard of using this site and I think this is a crucial resource for any fashion design student.

#3 – ArtsThread

A great website with a huge collection of creative student portfolios ranging from Fashion and Textiles to Fine Art and Ceramics. I find it really inspiring to look at other students portfolios.

#4 – Fashion Workie

This is an amazing resource to find fashion related jobs and internships that not only covers fashion design jobs, but also jobs/internships in fashion marketing, retail, buying etc.

#5 – Pinterest

You all probably know this website well already, but I find Pinterest a really great starting point for any project to find some visual inspiration for any theme or concept you may be looking at. It also great to collect images of great catwalk images and fashion illustrations to be inspired by.

#6 – The Cutting Class

An AMAZING blog that analyses catwalk shows and designer’s collections in terms of construction and pattern cutting. It’s really useful to look for way that designers use construction techniques, such as darts and seams, as part of their designs. They also have a great book ‘How Patterns Work’ which is also worth picking up.

Finding your own Fashion Illustration Style

Hey Guys,

So today I thought I’d share with you my tips on how to find your own fashion illustration style. As a fashion design student I know how important it is to develop your own style of drawing to communicate your final design ideas. This is something that I have struggled with for a while as a student, but I have learnt that it is definitely something that comes with practice and that it is definitely a journey – I’m still working on developing my own illustration style now!

Although I haven’t figured out my own style completely just yet, I am feeling a lot more confident in my drawing style and I have a few tips on how you can also get started on your own illustration journey!

#1 – Research the work of other fashion illustrators 

This is a very important step, it is key that you find other illustrators who inspire you and whose work you admire.

Some of my favourite places to find illustrators is Instagram (I’ve put a few of my favourite accounts below), Pinterest and ShowStudio.

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#2 – Choose a few of your favourite illustrators 

After you feel you’ve done a good amount of research, choose a few of your favourite illustrators – no more than five. Note the techniques and medias that they use that you particularly like.

#3 – Find some editorial fashion photography images

Find some fashion photography images that you like that you can use as drawing references. This is a great way to come up with ideas for poses and composition for your illustrations. My favourite place to look for fashion photography images are magazines such as Dazed & Confused and Love Magazine.

If you prefer to draw completely from imagination, you can skip this step!

#4 – Draw, Draw, Draw!

Using the fashion photography images you found as references, and taking inspiration from your favourite illustrators, start drawing! Remember, these drawings do not need to be perfect masterpieces – they are all part of your development. This should be a fun process, so don’t be too hard on yourself, just keep drawing and one day everything will start clicking into place.

Try and vary the techniques that you use, including the media that you use, for example; use watercolour, pencils, fine-liners, ink etc. Combine different techniques from different illustrators to create individual pieces and unique ideas.

I hope this has been useful to some of you guys. Remember that I am also going through this same process trying to develop my own drawing style, so we’re all in this together! If you want to follow my progress you can follow me on Instagram where I occasionally post some of my practice illustrations. Feel free to tag me in any illustrations that you’ve created too, I’d love to see all of your work.

 

Fashion Events in London this Summer

With the Summer holidays just around the corner, I thought it was a good time to update you all on some of the upcoming fashion events happening this Spring/Summer 2016! Going to events and exhibitions is a great way to stay inspired over the long summer break. I hope you guys have a chance to go to some of the great exhibitions and events happening in London this year. Here are some that I found that could be of interest to you guys:

Vogue 100: A Century of Style 
National Portrait Gallery
Until 22nd May 2016
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The Vogue 100 Festival 2016 
East Albert Lawn & Royal Geographic Society
21st – 22nd May 2016
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Graduate Fashion Week 2016 
The Old Truman Brewery
5th – 8th June 2016
Find out more

New Designers Part 1
Business Design Centre
29th June – 2nd July 2016
Find out more

Botticelli Reimagined 
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Until 3rd July 2016
Find out more

Missoni Art Colour 
Fashion and Textile Museum
Until 4th September 2016
Find out more

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear 
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Until 12th March 2017
Find out more