Ravensbourne has long been renowned within the industry for its dynamic fashion programme. Not only we boast some of most talented alumni in the industry, we continue to develop student talent who are sought after by leading fashion houses and recruiters from across the sector.
Alexandra (Malex) Christodoulou is the latest in a long line of talented graduates, winning the 2014 Ravensbourne Fashion Student of the Year Award, as selected by leading industry figures.
Malex gives us her insights on her time at Ravensbourne and updates us on her plans after winning this prestigious prize.
Q: What does it mean to you to win the 2014 Fashion Student of the Year Award?
M: It’s great to have your hard work appreciated and re-assuring that you have chosen the right path of study. It’s a lovely accolade to receive and a high note to end my studies at Ravensbourne on. I feel like the award gives me more confidence now moving out into industry.
“The workspace and facilities are amazing to experiment with”
Q: Describe your Ravensbourne experience; how would you describe Ravensbourne to someone who might be interested in the Fashion courses?
M: Ravensbourne taught me independence and to rely on myself to evolve, so it’s important to be ready for that. It’s very industry focused, and so there’s a lot of competitions and clients to work for. For example, I won a paid internship at River Island which gave me experience to work outside of Ravensbourne. The workspace and facilities are amazing to experiment with, and my Final collection accessories and prints were all produced here.
Q: How would you define fashion? What does it mean to you?
M: For the designer it’s their expression and point of view, about what’s happening in the world and themselves. At the same time, fashion provides others with a tool to express themselves through the garments.
Q: Now that you have completed your studies, what are your future plans?
M: Nothing is set in stone, but I do want to continue with my education and career. I want to build up more experience so that I can eventually create and have my own brand in the future.