CONDE NAST COLLEGE OF FASHION & DESIGN, LONDON
In 2016 I decided I wanted to go back to school. After looking at all of the top fashion colleges in London and even abroad, I was sunning myself on holiday whilst reading the latest issue of Vogue and saw an advertisement for their own fashion school. I realised that if I was going to do this I should do it properly, and I enrolled at the Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design in the heart of Soho, London's fashion district. As the school is a private institution I would have no help with funding and I had to work overtime to save up for not only my course fees but the cost of living in London. Not only this but I realised I had to sacrifice all of my annual leave at my full time job to be able to study for a while. But I gambled on the fact that I was investing myself and my career, and was it worthwhile? YES.
In April 2017 I made my way down to London with my suitcase packed full of my coolest looks ready to learn as much as possible, meet my peers and find my way in fashion. Luckily one of my best friends lives in zone 1 (Central London) therefore I was able to stay with her during my studies, and after a few days I was settled in and feeling at home. My tutors were all stylists and industry professionals freelancing at the college, meaning our education was current, and from real, modern experiences.
My schedule consisted of lessons in still life, editorial, commercial and celebrity styling, along with talks from styling power houses such as Lucinda Chambers, visits to British Vogue, British GQ and Nick Knight's studio and Kate Moss exhibition, and various workshops.
In addition to this we faced the task of capturing street style photos whilst going about our daily routines in London. This was scary at first as I'm a bit of an introvert, so stopping busy commuters for an impromptu photoshoot outside of Sweaty Betty proved quite challenging.
VOGUE HOUSE - BRITISH VOGUE AND BRITISH GQ
We did two photoshoots - the first a still life with Manolo Blahnik pumps, and the second an editorial spread. Preparing for my editorial shoot was one of the final tasks to complete. After choosing my staple piece to work with I put together a mood board considering the hair and makeup, jewellery and accessories, poses and facial expressions I wanted from the shoot. Working with such a professional team was the best experience and I can't wait to return to school in October this year to build on my portfolio, meet new people and make more incredible memories in the city with Vogue.
Stylist and Creative Director: Alexandra Mae, Photographer: Eddie Miles, Hair and Make-up: Salina Thind, Model: Anastasija Ivanova