I have been accepted by the London College of Fashion onto the MA program 2011/2012 majoring in Fashion and the Environment.
My background includes working as a fashion designer and product manager for over twenty-five years. I have worked for large organizations both in the UK and the USA primarily designing ‘high street’ product, as well as offering my own designer labels throughout that period.
Augmenting this, I now want to consolidate and build a career based on sustainability and holistic integrity. ?
As a woman in my forties it is increasingly difficult to secure work in my current specialism, as I seem to be over-qualified. As a consequence of this I am experiencing financial hardship in raising the necessary fees to update my skills set. The fees are £6,000 over two years. I will be working on a sustainable interior project in the next few months, so will hopefully cover the second years fees.
I am concerned with the fashion industry& 39;s disregard on a humanitarian level. I have found myself dismayed by the exploitation of people, animals and the environment, ultimately for the gain of large corporations. I am hungry to learn how to apply myself and to be part of the solution with these issues. ?
I have great drive and energy and a track record in fashion demonstrating my interest and concern for the environment. I have decades of industry experience and so I could not be clearer about the current state of play. ?
I am passionate about making change creatively expressed through the development of sustainable and holistic fashion and to contribute to the cultivation of the platforms necessary to accomplish this. ??
I will be researching both biomimicry and nano-technology before I finally decide on my specialism. Once I complete the course I will also work as a business consultant as well as working in education part-time. I also intend to develop ethical clothing product ready for market on completion of my MA.
I appreciate your time in reading my pitch, and hope that you can help me on this lateral career move, no matter how small the amount!
If the Target amount is not raised within the time period then the Pitch will be closed and all monies will be returned to the Funders& 39; accounts.