"Ravensbourne was the most wonderful experience, which gave me everything I needed to develop my design vision and prepared me perfectly for industry."
Course: BA (Hons) Fashion
Year of Graduation: 2015
I always wanted to do something in the art and commerce industries. I chose a fashion degree because it offered creative freedom but with many commercial opportunities.
I felt the same way about Ravensbourne, I was given all the creative freedom and support but whilst as also being prepped for the industry.
My degree at Ravensbourne helped me to learn the necessary craft and gave me the insight into fashion business practicalities. There were always tutors and technicians present to give us advice or help us with our work.
I received valuable comments from the tutors at the university workshops, where I learned how to express and achieve my vision and how to present my results.
While studying at Ravensbourne I undertook several internships one of which was with Palmer//Harding with whom I built a long lasting relationship and have been influential in establishing my own label.
The course at Ravensbourne was different as it was more orientated on industry and we were taught to keep our customer always in mind when designing.
As a student we could enter the building from 6am and stay till 11pm and use all the machines at all times – which was just brilliant especially for fashion students.
One of the highlights at Ravensbourne was presenting my graduate collection during London Graduate Fashion Week. After graduation my graduate collection won Best Garment Design Award at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Central Europe and was exhibited at the On|Off exhibition at London Fashion Week. It was also showcased during Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show and was also selected to be presented at Fashionclash Festival in Maastricht, Netherlands. I am currently working on my own menswear label Ester Kubisz.
My advice to prospective students would be to start working immediately after you receive the brief (saves you a lot of stress), get a lot of work experience and have enough sleep.