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...
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 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.
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!
so, i know what you're thinking. why are they so dirty?! well, there's two logical explanations to answer that question. first of all, these are second hand and second, i have worn them to death since i got them. rain or shine, they've been firmly attached to my feet and i can't thank adidas enough for making such comfortable shoes. stan is most definitely THE man.
next, a 'quick' apology and update from myself! i've been away from my blog for two weeks (two weeks too long) and i wanted to explain why. a little while ago i did explain that posts at the current time and until i finish my final year of uni may be less regular or very irregular. i'm not disappearing from the blogging world but i need to take a step back and put my education first to get to where i want to be. getting up at stupid o'clock to be in uni for 7:30 is not only physically draining but also mentally draining too. spending 14 hours a day in university can be tiring and really takes it out of you, so please do bare with me.
however, although there are some negatives, i've recently received a huuuuuuuge piece of news that i still can't believe. if any of you follow me on instagram you may have seen that this year, i have been chosen as one of approximately 20 people from my university to show my final collection at Graduate Fashion Week in London. If you're not quite sure what that is, then have a cheeky click here and find out what it's all about. I'm supper excited and nervous for the hard work ahead!
once university is over i have a few goals that i want to work towards with my blog. there will be PLENTY more outfit/fashion posts and fingers crossed i may be able to work with some new amazing brands this year.
i'm really excited for what this year brings, not only for my blog but for my life and career too. please don't go anywhere; stick around :)