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Published 15th Feb 2011

Vicky Wake at Cleveland College of Art & Design

A talented fashion tutor is sharing her knowledge and expertise with students to create designers of the future.

Cleveland College of Art & Design tutor Vicky Wake is sharing her knowledge of the fashion industry with students giving them an insight into the business.

For eight years, Vicky worked for the prestigious design label Ally Capellino, in London, as a design coordinator.

“I worked as Ally’s PA designing men’s and women’s wear,” said Vicky, a former CCAD student, now programme leader for the BA (Hons) Fashion Enterprise and FdA in Creative Fashion Practises courses. “The job role was very hands on and I had to know everything about the business.

“I oversaw the running of the studio, the pattern cutters and the machinists. I liaised with factories to ensure the samples were correct and I was very involved in all preparations leading up to London Fashion Week twice yearly, along with travelling widely taking collections to agents around the world. It was an amazing job but also very demanding.”

Rubbing shoulders with well known names as Jasper Conran and Betty Jackson, Vicky gained first hand knowledge of what is required in the industry.

She said: “It was a fantastic experience working with Ally Capellino but I only got that job through sheer commitment and determination to do well.

“This is something that I now try to tell my students; to make it in the industry they must have these qualities.”

Returning to her North-East roots, Vicky was asked to speak at CCAD about the transition from college to employment.

Vicky became a regular lecturer at the college, went on to gain her teaching qualification and has now returned teach full-time at CCAD.

She said: “I really want to teach the students about the needs of the industry and what they are looking for, such as manual and digital pattern cutters, comprehensive range of manufacturing skills and design and business knowledge.

“They really need to have all-round skills which we can hone to give them the best possible chance.

“We have a great rapport here with the students and they do receive a lot of one to one guidance and support. We pride ourselves on the friendly and warm atmosphere; I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”

For further information on the course at CCAD please contact (01642) 288888

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