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Getting Prepared for a Fashion Job Change or Moving Abroad?

Most of us live in a highly connected world that reaches out and reflects the lives of others and ourselves. With tweets and likes, posts and messaging all day long they flood our inboxes and streams. Occasionally they catch our attention through humour or horror or simple human kindness.

So today is my chance to share a post with a human face. I was contacted through LinkedIn by Mehram Saleem from Lahore in Pakistan. He works for  Asmara International Limited, a global fashion company with offices in 8 countries, as a Technical Manager responsible for the areas of quality, cutting, stitching, sampling, shading, auditing, and pattern fitting.

He's trying to find a job in Europe to improve his career opportunities and I promised to share his connection and do what I could to help him on his path.

It's difficult to know where to start really. How do you help someone the other side of the world to get to another continent?

I want to offer not only Mehram...

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A Student's View of The Fashion Student Hub

From time to time we invite students and new entrants in the fashion industry to offer their perspective on learning, personal development and how to succeed in getting a foothold in the fashion industry. 

Here's a recent post by one such person Fernanda Ondarza Dovali who gives us her views on The fashion Student Hub and more.


My Perspective as a Student of Fashion

Have you ever doubted your own ability to succeed or make the right decision – not knowing where to look for help?

I have.

My name is Fernanda and I'm a former Fashion Design BA student and a current Fashion Communication BA student at the Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design. As a reference tool, The Fashion Studnet Hub will be a system I will use and wish I had known of before. Everything from how to make a portfolio for an application to which career pathway to choose – I can clearly identify with.

A Global Reach for Fashion Students

The Fashion Student Hub is an online educational system,...

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How Pleated Fabric is Made and Common Types of Pleat

Sometimes it's nice to write about a topic that pops up because it's so fascinating and off the usual list of things we cover. This post is one such post. It's about pleating. And even if this isn't an area you get involved in I think you'll find it really interesting. There are two useful videos in the post toward the end so make sure you watch these too.

I came across a Facebook post recently that mentioned a company in the UK that does pleating. So I had to check them out. Ciment Pleating has been established since 1925 which makes them the oldest pleating firm in the UK. They have built up a reputation as the number 1 pleaters in the country and regularly export to Europe and the rest of the world. They supply pleating services for fashion designers, interior designers, home dressmakers, fashion colleges, film companies, advertising, theatrical costumiers, and milliners.

Why Use Pleating

Designers use pleats in their designs for both practical reasons, for...

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Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Shares His Dizzying Array of Sources of Inspiration

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations. He takes it from surprisingly varied places, anywhere from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!"

This short video will give you ideas for capturing your own inspirations.

As you watch the video take a note paper and jot down anything that you find useful.

Reflection Questions

Here are a few questions to reflect on to make the most of the clip and what Isaac has to say. 

  1. What are the sources of inspiration he mentions?
  2. How does he find these sources inspire him?
  3. How could this apply to you?
  4. What is the key message you have taken from this designer's experience?

 

 

 

 

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10 Low Cost Ways to Develop Your Skills and Knowledge and Prepare for a Career in Fashion

OK peeps. In this article, we're going to explore 11 simple ways that you can develop yourself at little or no cost.

Work Out Where You Want to Get To

There is no point in investing in your future if you have no idea of where you are headed in that future. So figure out what that future looks like and set yourself some goals. We recommend creating a personal vision statement and producing a personal development plan. Sounds boring right? But actually, it's something I bet you'll enjoy doing and get a lot out of. You can sign up here for free and take the course. We give you everything you need to know how to do these.

Practice, Fail, Learn and Repeat

Don't be afraid of failing. Learn to try new stuff out and accept you will fail. Then review what happened and then try it again. Review how that went and then change something based upon what you learned and then do it again. Keep repeating it until you master it. That's the essence of learning.

So fail quickly...

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6 Challenges Freelance Pattern Cutters Face and What to Do About Them

Both Cheryl and I have been freelancing in our individual fields for over 20 years so we know what it's like facing the challenges that working on your own presents, as well as the benefits. Here are our top six challenges freelancers face. These will apply to you whether you are a pattern cutter, grader, designer or visual merchandiser. In fact, any freelance role in the fashion sector is likely to lead to these type of challenges.

Difficult Clients

Every now and again freelancers get a difficult client to manage and do business with. This difficulty comes in lots of guises too. These could be:

  • Lacking clarity around what they want you to do leading to confusion and endless changes.
  • Poor communication about projects you are commissioned to do. You need their help so that you can help them but they never respond on time or they are difficult to get hold of so doing business with them becomes difficult.
  • Not paying your invoices on time or at all so it impacts your business,...
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Why You Can Copy Anybody's Design and Get Away With It

Did you know that you can copy any item of clothing by any designer and it's perfectly legal? Designers have trademark protection, but no copyright protection and no patent protection to speak of. All they have, really, is trademark protection, and so it means that anybody could copy any garment on any person and sell it as their own design.

The only thing you can not do is copy brand logos and trademarks.

Johanna Blakley who studies the impact of mass media and entertainment on our world shares some really interesting perspectives in her Ted talk. She says the copyright laws that grip film, music and software industries hardly touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales. In her talk, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.

Reflection Questions

Here are a few questions to reflect on to make the most of the clip and what Johanna has to say. 

  1. Why does the fashion industry have no copyright...
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Getting Started in a Career in Fashion

Several years ago when my daughter was 12 years of age, she was invited to the then Company Magazine blogger awards. She was nominated for her blog in the under 18 years category. That in itself is a story for another time.

The reason for mentioning it is that whilst there I spoke with another parent who said that her daughter wanted to enter into fashion but she didn't know how to support her in this ambition. She didn't know where to start.

And where to start is important because there is so much a young person can do to prepare themselves before they even get to Uni or fashion school.

It Starts With Your Vision

I encourage anyone with this dream or ambition to ask themselves what's their vision for their future. What do they want to be, do, feel, think, own, associate with, and impact?  I ask them to consider how they see their lives unfolding and how fashion plays a part in the scene they see.

Because without a vision they'll be led by the vision the media and brands...

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Our Trip To Prato, Italy To Support Fashion Revolution. 24th-30th April 2017

Fashion Revolution Week is the #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which happens at the time of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013.

This week is focused especially on encouraging millions of people around the globe to ask brands, "Who made my clothes?" and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

 

Today, 22nd April, myself and fashion blogger, Tolmeia aka Tollydollyposhfashion  spent the day supporting Fashion Revolution in Prato, Italy, and in so doing hoping to play a small part in helping to change the fashion industry once and for all.

We headed for the design workshop of Tessa Moroder in the centre of Prato. Here we found quality Italian fabrics and handmade tailoring all manufactured locally. 

Prato remains one of the largest and oldest textile centres in the world. It began to specialize in wool textiles in the Middle Ages. This area became a modern industrial...

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Why and How Students Should Get Involved With the Fashion Revolution Cause

With fashion revolution day just over a week away, we thought we would round-up why and how you should get involved with the cause, specifically as a young student.

 

What Is Fashion Revolution?

Fashion Revolution is initiative bringing the fashion industry and its consumers together to make it a more positive and transparent space. The date (24th April - 30th April) coincides with April 24, 2013, when 1134 people were killed in the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse in Bangladesh. The factory was home to many well-known high street brands and the disaster could have been prevented.  Although there has been some progress since, nothing drastic has changed. With around 75 million people working in the garment industry, 80% of them being women, it is our duty to support them when so many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe conditions and very little wages.

Fashion Revolution Week was set up to bring people around the world together to...

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