Remember that you are with unique visions to tell – listen to that and allow that to inform your time. And yet times are full of noise and so unless you free-fall a little in ways that you are able to, this gets clouded fast. There is also a sharp reality about the economics of our time that makes our expectations and demands for a speed and conclusion and arrival too fast
I did my Fashion BA in Manchester. I’d done a year of Fine Art first, which was great but it wasn’t the road I wanted to go down. Towards the end, I had so many unanswered questions and things that I wanted to be able to do; I realised that my education was nowhere near complete. Halfway through my final year, I applied to the Royal College of Art. In some ways, it would have been good to have a break and save some money, but at the same time, I wouldn’t change the way I did it. It was intense, steamrollering on, but it was good to maintain that creative flow.
My BA was at London College of Fashion in Womenswear. While I was there I made quite conceptual designs. Although the course was quite commercial, the tutors just let me get on with it! After I graduated, I worked for Christopher Raeburn, a graduate of the Royal College of Art. He was actually the first person I met who had gone here. It was while I was working with Christopher that I started to think more about the Menswear programme.
Before I started the MA in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art, I studied womenswear at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. My first job after leaving the Institute happened to be in menswear, and since then I’ve been working as a designer with fashion houses including Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger. My longest position to date has been with Gieves and Hawkes – I was with them for three years.
It was when I started to focus on Menswear, during my BA in Fashion Design at Edinburgh College of Art, that I realised I’d found the thing I wanted to pursue as a career. I applied for the Menswear programme at the Royal College of Art because it seemed so unique, both in the quality of teaching and for the amount of attention it gives to students.
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