First of all I would like to say, I am not a fashion professional, I am not a tutor or a technician, I am by no means the most creative or smartest person in the world, I’m not the most stylish student (some days I was more than happy to go to uni in a hoody and jeans (even fashion students are allowed a day off!). I am not the best designer, or the best artist, and I am defiantly not the best sewer! I am just Laura, a Fashion Studies graduate of Lincoln University. I love to write, and my little blog is my pride and joy. I also really like to sit and draw with a cup of tea and the Blues Brothers or Ludovico Einaudi on in the background, and sometimes if I’m feeling brave I even like to sew.
I can’t promise this series will suddenly transform you into the next Alexander McQueen or Vivienne Westwood, improve your drawing, pattern cutting or sewing skills. I’m not an expert in any of these fields, and I don’t think I ever will be, and to be honest it’s not something I’m aiming towards, and neither should you. I plan to take each day at a time and learn in my own way, it’s ok not to be the “best” as long as you are doing your best. This should be your new motto. My reasons for writing this series are to share my experience as a fashion student with you – the good, the bad and the ugly (and trust me, at times it did get pretty ugly!). I can’t offer you a miracle which will make all your work of 1st standard. But I can offer truthful, real advice that will make you feel better when it gets difficult, which it definitely will – there is no way around that I’m afraid!
I really hope this series helps you, and makes you feel less nervous about starting/being on a fashion course, but more than anything, I hope it inspires you and makes you smile. When you’ve sewn the wrong pieces together or you have been told to re-do the work you spent hours on and it feels like the end of the world, I hope you can look at this, grit your teeth and solider on. Fashion is not easy, and whoever tells you it is, they’re lying. It’s the most frustrating thing in the entire world, and at times you will hate it, and you will want to give up, or even just sit and have a cry. It’s fine to feel this way – I should know, as I think I must have messed up in every possible way, and I managed to survive and if I can do it (the girl who got stuck to a knitting machine), you definitely can.
So keep smiling, it’s not that bad! And if it is, find a nice (cheap!) bar, order some cocktails and have a moan with your friends. Not for too long though, time on a fashion course is not to be wasted!
Laura Brandon is a 22-years old Fashion graduate currently living in London. She blogs about being a Fashion student, fashion brands/trends/looks and beauty products, etc. She’s just started up a jewellery/craft business (check it out on Facebook) and she’s also looking for fashion/writing related jobs. She’s hoping to publish a book based on this series one day. See more of her work on her blog here.