Sample Fashion Design personal statement
Fashion design is like modern alchemy: from scraps of disparate materials, such as velvet, tinsel, feathers and beads, it is possible to create something memorably beautiful that brings happiness to whoever should wear it. I wish to create fashions that bring joy to as many people as possible, as a fashion designer with my own brand. To achieve my goal, I can think of no better place than the UK, the home of fashion visionaries such as Vivienne Westwood, to continue my studies, so that I may gain the knowledge and qualifications necessary to make my dream a reality.
As a first step towards my goal, I have completed a degree in Art and Design at Changsha University in China, where I was in the top five of my class for the final two years. I also won many awards and scholarships on account of my work in fashion and artistic design. I took a wide range of courses related to fashion and art more generally, including design sketching, design aesthetics, graphic design and trends in modern art. The courses helped me develop a keen aesthetic sense and an ability to sketch designs and patterns accurately and quickly, a skill which should be of great use on the degree and in my career. My exceptional fashion teachers impressed upon me the importance of technology for fashion and taught me how to adapt clothing designs to different body shapes.
Outside of the classroom, during my degree, I also worked in a photography studio, where I was responsible for every aspect of the presentation of a picture, including make-up, background, modelling and post-production. The work gave me invaluable experience of working with models and gave me a better eye for what looks good with what, which is essential for fashion photography and being able to promote and sell clothes.
To learn more about the fashion industry and innovative developments in design, in my spare time, I avidly read fashion magazines and websites, such as Vogue and Wallpaper, which give me a better sense of how fashion interacts with culture and lifestyle. I believe the appeal of fashion comes from its being a part of a certain aesthetic approach to life. I hope to learn more about how fashion is interlinked with lifestyle and commerce on the MA.
My love of fashion stems from my love of art and good aesthetics. Music is another love and I was selected for my aesthetic sense to judge a singing contest at school. More recently, following my passion for art, I competed in a major art competition, where my work was praised by the judges. During my degree, I also tried to promote art by organising evening shows and parties in the art department of the university. For each event, I prepared the venue, ensuring the lights and setting fitted the occasion, managed the set-up and distributed duties to staff members. The work immeasurably improved my organisational and presentational skills, on account of which I duly received high praise from students and staff alike. The experience should prepare me well for organising fashion shows and shoots on the degree and in my career. I hope to organise such events on the MA. I should like to work with fellow students to organise fashion shows and fashion shoots inside and outside of the university.
Through organising such events and networking, I hope I shall make valuable contacts with high-flyers in the fashion industry as well. I know that fashion is intimately connected with business so to be successful I shall have to learn how to network and present myself and my work in a commercially favourable way. I hope to develop these skills from watching and emulating the exceptional students and teachers I shall come across.
I hope most of all that I shall meet teachers and fellow students who share my artistic vision and with whom I could work to create a new fashion brand. What is without question is that the degree will equip me with the knowledge and qualifications necessary to put me on the right road towards my goal of owning my own fashion label.
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Sample Fashion Design Personal Statement.
I have always been fascinated by the ability of certain colours and items of clothing to change moods or express emotions. Growing up, I enjoyed experimenting with styles to create my own unique look, but during my study of Textiles with Art at GCSE and A-Level I developed a real passion for working with different textures and materials and creating new designs and considered making a career out of my creative skills. I recently visited the New Designers Exhibition to explore the possibilities of a practical fashion design course and was excited to learn of initiatives such as Fashion East, which gives students the chance to launch their careers at London Fashion Week; I would be very excited to have the chance to benefit from these in future. Studying fashion and design skills in practice followed by gaining experience working for an established company would give me the tools to start my own business as a fashion designer in future.
I am an avid observer of trends and their interpretations in different countries. The 2011 spring catwalk shows were full of bold neon colours such as amber and tangerine, and I loved the contrasts presented at the Gucci and Prada shows making use of bright colours in contrasting styles and fabrics to create explosive looks. I believe that clothing and accessories can transform a person into a walking piece of art, and catwalk shows and models are becoming more abstract and artistic to reflect the boldness of high fashion. I recently looked at both Parisian Vogue and British Vogue to investigate their similarities and differences: the quirkiness of designers such as Burberry and Vivienne Westwood contrasts with the understated elegance of Lanvin and Chanel, but both represent ideals of beauty and glamour. In the course of my research, I have also noticed the lack of beautiful yet supportive footwear available. I would like to try and create a range of footwear that offers similar support to a running shoe, yet in a design that is more fashionable and wearable; this would be a project I could pursue with the skills gained from my course, and would be a great outlet for my ideas.
I have found working backstage on several school productions has helped develop my artistic side, as I have assisted with costumes, set and hair & make up. Theatrical makeup and hair is dramatic and bold, and appeals to my love of fashion as art: I would be very interested in gaining further work experience in the costume department of a theatre. I also feel this has made me a more effective team player, as I worked closely with both the backstage crew and performers; a successful project completed as part of a team always feels more rewarding than one completed on your own. This has been apparent in the course of my four years on the school Athletics team, during which I achieved Commitment, Half-colour, and Outstanding awards, as well as team accolades. I also learned the importance of commitment and pushing myself to succeed; I was scouted for a local athletics club for shot-putt and discus, and participated in the team for several events prior to an unfortunate knee injury which caused me to withdraw. I turned this situation into a positive, however, by going on to mentor young athletes during lunch hours and after school – a rewarding role which allowed me to inspire others with my passion. I also really enjoy practising my sewing in my spare time and have studied various fashion and textiles books, ranging from fashion drawing to sewing techniques.
I undertook work experience at a local theatre last year where I gained an understanding of the many roles involved in running a theatre; I really enjoyed learning different new skills, as well as interacting with members of the public and overcoming challenges. Although I am the first person in my family to apply to university, I feel it would be the ideal place for me to grow as a person, while developing the necessary skills to succeed in an industry I am passionate about.
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