10 March 2015

i thought i'd do something a little different to my usual posts and talk about something that's very close to home for me.

i started my degree at BCU (birmingham city university) in 2012 with little clue as to what i wanted to do when i left, other than work in the fashion industry. i've always been a creative person so my degree was definitely a good place for me to start. now, after three years of finding myself as a designer, this course has truly made me realise what i want to do with my life and career.

(note: i think i make this degree sound easier than it is, but there is a seriously heavy work load to this course. you have to throw everything you've got at it).

my university experience: very briefly...

first year
when i first started at BCU, it was SO daunting. lots of people had done foundation degrees or had pattern cut, sewn or designed before. me? i hadn't done anything directly related to fashion, other than drawing. on the whole, i'd say we were thrown in at the deep end. the first thing i ever had to make was a skirt (from calico) featuring a concealed zip and numerous darts. i was clueless to say the least... for someone who's sewn before, that may sound easy but when you haven't the foggiest it's really quite an achievement when you get to the finish line. first year was about trying a bit of everything and getting to know the ropes.

second year
second year was such a good experience, one that i thoroughly enjoyed. we were encouraged to experiment and go out of our comfort zone in order to hopefully find something that we'd never really considered. we did a variety of projects, from graphics (which featured print design) to abstract design (which involved cutting into already existing garments and adding/subtracting fabric in various places to form something new) to give us that time for exploration. another thing we had to do during second year was intern (the infamous word in fashion). i was lucky enough to intern for a menswear designer i loved and still love: lee roach. interning taught me so much more than i expected and i know that's not the case for everybody but, i. just. got. lucky. 

third year
this year, my third and sadly (no really, i'm actually upset at the thought) final year marks the year of really creating my own and playing on my strengths. knowing since second year that i've wanted to do menswear has really helped and pinterest has been my best friend for inspiration: i cannot thank that website enough! designing and making my final collection is daunting, exhausting and exciting, all at the same time. it involves STUPIDLY early mornings and even more LATE nights but, if you don't give it your all during your last year, you'll live to regret it. knowing that in a just few months time, my designs will be walking down a catwalk is just surreal. never would i have thought, two maybe three years ago, that my work would be given such an amazing opportunity. i've got incredible tutors, amazing help from the people at uni and it's something i'm forever grateful for. i wouldn't be where i am today without those people. it's all about finding your niche and going with it. give it everything you have (including all your money) and just drive yourself to get where you want to be. 

i'd love to do more post like about my experience and maybe some tips for people doing a fashion degree?
so if you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments below! 

Charlotte x
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  1. Ive done a degree in fashion too and i can agree with everything you've said. it was definitely filled with far too many late night and early mornings but it was worth it. i really wish i could go back.

    Little White Socks

  2. great post! I went to BCU too and did printed textile design... I truly understand the long days - the last few weeks I was getting 3 or 4 hours sleep a night! well done on getting to GFW and hope the rest of your degree goes well!

    Rose and Weston x

  3. To be honest, I like your blog very much! I think that you do a great job! Everything is so beautiful! I know that blog requires much time, but keep doing it!

    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet


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