Charlotte Robinson

I am currently in my 3rd year studying a degree in Fashion & Textiles at Colchester School of Art and Design. My strengths, interest are producing Digital Prints, garment construction and pattern cutting, Photoshop and Illustrator.

I have gained more knowledge within the fashion and textiles industry through work experience such as London Fashion Week, Couture Tailoring at St. Martin's School of Fashion and my most recent work placement at Paul Dennicci Childrenwears Company; where I am a designer's assistance, designing for Disney.

My ambitions for the future: To have a career in the Fashion Industry as a designer or a buyer.

This blog will show my work/influences and progress throughout the final year of my degree.

Goldhawk Rd London

I went up to London today to get some fabric samples of sheer fabrics to help me decided where is the best places are to buy my fabrics from, at a good price and quality. I had never been to Goldhawk Road London but I will defiantly be going back there. With over 20 fabric shops with every fabric you could imagine at a really good price pre metre, I think this is where I will be getting my fabrics from for my collection.

Tuesday evenings I have signed up for a pattern cutting course, that I feel will really help me with my FMP as my collection will be based on construction. With my design ideas I have been developing patterns and toile within this lesson. As my Final collection has not yet been chosen, I am just working on thing that I like the designs of at the moment but once my finial line up is confirmed I will start my patterns and toile’s which will help me with my time management, so I will have more time with the tutors on Thursday.

Pongees specialists in silk

I have recently ordered some fabric samples from Pongees specialists in silk. I have ordered Soft Tulle, Crepe Satin, Chiffon Satin & Duchess Satin in my colour palette Creams, Pearls, Golds & Black. I am really pleased with the samples as they are good quality fabrics & colours.

FMP Factory Contact

With a useful contact at my work Paul Dennicci Childrenwear, I am able to use one of their factory in China to help with my FMP, I have sent them fabric swatches & colours that i am looking for and a top from river island to source the fabric contents for me in colours such as Black, Cream & Gold. I have also designed a sew in label in Black with my name in gold, so i can have them in my garments once my collection is completed. This is a very useful contact that i will be using throughout my FMP.

FMP research, I have been looking at Art Deco to inspire my structure of garments, 80’s Power Dressing & Wallace Simpson as an elegant, romantic lady but also a strong and powerful lady to inspire the theme of my collection.

Semester One

I have just received feedback on semester one, I will take in my feedback and make sure I work on my strengths and weaknesses to ensure my final major project will be to the best of my ability.

I have also handed my dissertation which I am pleased about and a big relief, as I worked really hard on this to ensure I get a good grade. I can now focus on my FMP to ensure I finish my education with a fabulous collection.

Premiere Vision Paris Feedback

During Premiere Vision Paris 2011, we had positive feedback from the industry, that Colchester stand had great presentation and quality of design work. I received a useful contact of a company based in LA offering me possible employment on graduation. I have recently sent my CV and photos of my fronts the exhibited in Paris. I hope to gain employment in LA as this would for fill my dream ambitions.

Silk fronts made up for my collection for premiere vision Paris 2011.

Finial fronts for my collection made up. I really like this shape i have done for my fronts it works well, the gathers forms good shape. I feel my collection of fronts with a layer of chiffon has worked as well as i imagined, as you can see the design on silk behind.