BA (Hons) Textiles student Lily Goulding spoke to us about completing two internships over the summer at Mary Katrantzou and House of Holland, working on some exciting projects.

“Throughout the textiles course at AUB, I have gained a strong visual identity within my work. The course has allowed me to gain confidence in my drawing and mark making and be as experimental as I wish. My work has a key focus towards large scale textural drawings, which are then translated into my textile designs using a wide variety of processes including screen printing, digital printing, laser cutting and in particular hand, machine and CAD embroidery.

In order to apply my studio practice, I wanted to work within the ready-to-wear market to gain experience and develop an understanding of textiles within the wider fashion industry. To do this I spent my summer interning for two high-end British fashion houses – each with very contrasting design identities.

My first placement was a 6-week role within the embroidery department at Mary Katrantzou – a high-end fashion house whose signature style explores a hybrid of digital print and surface embroidery. The role included embellishment and trim design development for the Resort 2016 collection and early development for Spring/ Summer 2016. The vast majority of the work included hand processes including embroidery appliqué and beading. At first I felt apprehensive, but it was really exciting to have such a hands on role as each design development we created was shown directly to Mary for any alteration and further developments. Although at times this meant that a piece I may have been working on for a couple of days was completely changed! It was an invaluable experience to see how refined, accurate and exact each element had to be. Halfway through my placement I had the privilege to assist with the application of delicate glitter motifs and Swarovski crystals to two bespoke bridesmaids dresses and capes for Sabine Getty. My time within the embroidery department really helped me to improve my accuracy and speed of sewing as at times the work was required to be completed under some tight time constraints!

For my second placement I joined the Womenswear design team at House of Holland. My role was much more focused towards the overall garment development and production and less specialised towards textiles processes. Although my skills lie within textile design, the opportunity allowed me to gain a basic understanding of pattern cutting and garment construction, which are fundamental when developing a fashion fabric. Because of this, I had a more hands on role regarding print, embellishment and embroidery placements, which was really rewarding to work directly onto the garments. As I was in the studio for the 2 months leading up to London Fashion Week, it was really exciting to see the collection evolve and see the garments really come together for the show. Although the preparation was incredibly busy and hectic, it was thoroughly rewarding to experience the energy and excitement in the studio and back stage of the catwalk.

Overall, my summer internships have helped me to develop a stronger fashion focus within my work and insight into potential job roles for the future following graduation. Furthermore it was a great opportunity to see the role of textiles within the fashion industry and put into practice the skills and techniques developed from my university studio and apply them within industry.”

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