BA (Hons) Fashion Art Direction - International Student, Myanmar
"It is a lovely community that will help you expand your vision in the Fashion Industry and offer you a study experience that aligns well with your future career."
I attended my International Art & Design Foundation year at INTO Manchester. The studio space was located in Manchester Metropolitan University near to the Holden Gallery. I was able access most of the University’s facilities and loved the community in general. I also got the chance to grab myself a seat at the Graduate Fashion Show held in the Holden Gallery that year which confirmed Manchester Fashion Institute as my final choice.
I love everything about fashion apart from the ‘design’ process. The course offered me opportunities to experiment. By second year, I became sure about what my profession was going to be and was able to refine my skills from that point on. As an international student, it was hard for me to expand my social circle with creatives for collaborations. However, the course helped me through it and I was able to meet lovely people whom could connect our work together.
‘Fashion for Freedom’, an interactive digital zine that I did for my final major project is my proudest work so far. I could see this project of mine running along in the future. We live in a world full of restrictions so the word ‘freedom’ can mean different things to everyone. Fashion for Freedom explores different meanings of freedom through designers and artist creations, using their fashion practices. In such difficult times of Covid, I wanted to create a platform where the readers can find comfort and relate to the artist’ work. Also all creatives are having a hard time trying to get their work out there due to restrictions so I hope this project of mine will be a perfect stepping stone for them. Since the industry is looking to break the stereotype of being a women’s magazine, which only comments on latest trends and women’s health tips, my digital zine wants to provide an education to its readers through the medium of fashion. I believe a reinvention of the Fashion Magazine is much needed to keep the industry thriving.
Aspirations for the future
I am currently collecting more experience as a Junior Art Director in this industry until I land on a job role as a Senior Art Director. I am also researching on Start-up business programs to make my ‘Fashion for Freedom’ platform come true as an entrepreneur.
Advice to other international students
I would like to say ‘Just go for it’. It is a lovely community that will help you expand your vision in the Fashion Industry and offer you a study experience that aligns well with your future career.
You can see Lilly’s graduate work here