Assistant Technologist - George Clothing
“It is amazing to know that even after graduating I have the support of my tutors.”
Whilst studying for my Fashion Design and Technology degree I gained the skills and experience that are essential for my career. Having always wanted to be a designer, I am extremely grateful that I had the chance to become competent using software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. One of the great things about Manchester Fashion Institute is the access you have to such a wide range of machines and new technology. You have the opportunity to experiment and push the boundaries, especially in the innovation zone. The technicians at Manchester Fashion Institute also played a key part in my learning; the knowledge and experience they have to share is outstanding and they are always help make your ideas come to life.
I was offered a placement in garment technology at George, Asda. Before my placement, I had only ever seen myself as a designer but I am so glad I took a chance and accepted the role of Assistant Technologist. The knowledge I gained at George was invaluable and it gave me the opportunity to put the skills that I had learnt at university into practice in the real world. The placement year opportunities are one of the greatest things about studying at Manchester Fashion Institute.
At the end of my final year, I was offered a full-time role at George as an Assistant Technologist for the Menswear department. My main responsibilities include communicating with suppliers in the UK and overseas on a daily basis, carrying out weekly fit sessions and monitoring quality and its perception to the customer.
I am also building my own brand, Lauren Bennett Menswear. I recently travelled to Beijing for the International Youth Design Competition hosted by the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology, where I showed my graduate collection on their catwalk. I competed against 30 other designers from 12 different countries and received the Silver Award for my designs, which was a fantastic achievement. Since then, Hunger Magazine have featured my work in their eleventh issue.
I owe a lot to my tutor John Earnshaw for encouraging me throughout my final year and especially for inspiring me to take Menswear Design. John was always honest about my work and I do not think I would be where I am now without his support and confidence in me.
I am also very grateful to my tutor Jasper Chadprajong for his support during the International Young Designer Competition 2016 in Beijing. It is amazing to know that even after graduating I have the support of my tutors.