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Charlotte Bidois

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After completing the BTEC Diploma in Fashion & Clothing and the Art & Design Foundation course at West Kent College, I pursued a career in visual merchandising for a few years. I then decided to go back to education to study Fashion & Textiles further, to ensure I had the skills and confidence to enter into the fashion industry. Once I had completed the Foundation Degree in Fashion & Textiles, I stayed with the university to undertake the BA Top-up. At the end of the course, I felt that the university and college provided brilliant 1:1 tutor time and support throughout, as well as allowing me to extend my knowledge and skills with confidence.

I had been given the independence to explore and create garments and textiles that I felt reflected my style and personality as a designer. The tutors had a great wealth of knowledge of the industry and were able to really guide and support students, encouraging them to push themselves and really develop a personal design identity, research the market and keep up-to-date with up-and-coming designers, so that students understood not only the creative aspect but also the business aspect of the industry. There is also great support with the academic work – again, our tutor had an amazing wealth of knowledge on a broad range of subjects and lectures were enticing, relevant and interesting. We were always encouraged to actively express our ideas and opinions and discuss things as a group, which I felt really helped to push everyone’s self-confidence and presentation skills.

During my studies, I also completed work placements with local designer and stylist Zoe Holborough at Tallulah & Hope and London based jewellery design company Tatty Devine.

I now own my own small childrenswear business, The Little BearCub Company, which I set up in 2016 and is supported by The Prince’s Trust. I also work part time for West Kent College as a fashion and textiles technician, working with both BTEC and degree students.

I now own my own small childrenswear business, The Little BearCub Company, which I set up in 2016 and is supported by The Prince’s Trust.