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Student Stories

Curtis Ferris

BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles

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From a very early age, I had always been very creative. Growing up my parents took me to see many theatre shows and this is where I began my love for Costume and Set Design. During school, I had never really had a big interest in Fashion Design but when I was choosing my A-levels, I decided to take up Textiles. It was soon after beginning the course that I found out I really enjoyed sewing. After my A-levels, I really wanted to take my skills to the next level and I came across the Fashion & Textiles course at West Kent College. I choose to come to West Kent as it enabled me to stay at home whilst studying.

The main reason for joining the course was to build my pattern cutting skills, as I had never worked with patterns before the course. As an aspiring costume designer, I thought it was essential to be able to pattern cut. Being part of the course has really opened my thoughts as a designer and I have appreciated the input from my tutors as they have spent time within the Fashion Industry. I have learnt many new skills from them in both Fashion and Textiles.

My Fashion tutor has really helped me with developing my skills including using and setting up industrial and over-locking machines. She has also enabled me to reflect upon my designs to simplify and edit. Looking back at my work from beginning of the course, I have really defined my work as a designer and in my final BA collection, my style and concept as a designer can be seen.

The topic of my dissertation was to understand the use of costume within the film industry and specifically within the new live-action version of Cinderella. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of writing my dissertation as I learned many new things throughout the research. From the research gathered, I will apply some elements to my own work as a designer.

During my second year, as part of a module, we were given the task to gain work experience within the fashion industry. I was lucky enough to work alongside a woman who owns her own children’s wear shop. During my time working with her, I made a collection for children’s clothes and accessories and built skills in visual merchandising. After I have finished the course, I hope to use the knowledge and skills I have learnt to begin a career within the design industry within both Fashion and Costume.

My Fashion tutor has really helped me with developing my skills including using and setting up industrial and over-locking machines.