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Paige has always had a creative streak and enjoyed art and drawing at school but she found she was really able to let her imagination run wild on the BTEC National Diploma in Fashion and Clothing.
“I wouldn’t say I always wanted a career in fashion but I was always quite good at art so it seemed like a natural progression. I loved the course instantly. In fact, one of our first-ever projects was textiles where we looked at motif designs and I used a feather and embellished it with sequins and sparkles. You got stuck into it straightaway which was amazing.”
Paige thrived on the practical side of the course. “I find I learn more doing it myself so being given the freedom to come up with our own ideas was perfect. Of course, the teachers give you lots of support and advice and you have to follow a brief and theme, but you were able to develop it as you wished. For my final project we were given options – I chose the theme ‘Lush’ and developed it into a Jamaican and Barbadian style collection. My final designs incorporated printed fruits, head ties and straw bags. Everything was vibrant and colourful with bright pink, orange and turquoise. It looked amazing on stage at the end-of-term fashion show. That was definitely a highlight of the course.”
Amongst other things, Paige learnt drawing skills, how to use industry machinery, knitting and the history of clothing through the 1900s.
“We learnt so much I can’t list it all which gives me an advantage at university as I already know the basics.”
Paige is now studying a degree in Fashion Design at Birmingham City University.
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