When were you at Reigate and what did you study?
I left Reigate College in 2012 with an A levels in Media Studies (C), English Language & Literature (C) and a BTEC Diploma in Art & Design – Fashion (D* D* – i.e. double Distinction*).
When you reflect back upon your time at College, do you have good memories?
Going to Reigate College was the best decision I’ve ever made – despite it being a 40 minute journey from Ashtead every day. It was a big decision to make as I was at St. Andrews School in Ashstead and I could have just stayed where I was. Emma Owen, my Fashion Tutor helped me in so many ways – with guidance on what the right course was for me, my UCAS application and personal statement, with fine-tuning my portfolio, interview prep… I definitely wouldn’t have got where I did without her and I hope she realises how grateful I am.
What did you like most about Reigate College?
The facilities and access to Mac suites at Reigate was a great attraction. As I’d already had two years of experience of using Macs before I started at Leeds, I had a great head start, which is a massive bonus in such a competitive, creative industry. The environment at Reigate sets you up for university brilliantly.
What did you study at University?
I went to Leeds College of Art where I did a three year degree in Fashion Communication. The highlight has to be my final major project where I focused on elderly women in the fashion industry. I spent eight months walking around the streets of Leeds photographing fashionable older ladies and recorded their individual stories. With what I collected, I made a book, and created illustrations and a dedicated blog. I managed to get Sue Kreitzman to star in it, an artist who, a few years ago, was in the documentary Fabulous Fashionistas. Having her in it, helped hugely in gaining publicity for the book.
What are your current plans?
I’ve recently left a Visual Merchandising job at M&S as I’d like to focus on combining my love of photography and styling. My goal is to work as a stylist for an agency that produces work for global brands. I still love fashion photography and know I always will but I’ve realised that styling is where I think my future’s heading.
Left Reigate College: 2012