Employer Masterclass - Careers in Fashion

As part of the LCA+ curriculum (Careers and STEM strand), on Thursday 13 September, all pupils in the Senior School were given an opportunity to attend a careers talk with two experts in the industry of fashion: designers Diane Line and Lyn Hayes. The talk: 'Fashion: Concept to Customer’, explained the differences of the two main sections within the fashion industry – mass produced and bespoke.

The fashion designers explained to the pupils various aspects related to a careers in fashion including suggested routes into careers, subject specialisms required, a realistic portrayal of the industry and the technologies utilised in the industry – including the importance of CAD. They discussed key concepts such as developing a design concept through research, creating sketches & inspirational mood boards, fabric choice, pattern drafting, costings, production and presentation to clients. They also brought examples of their own clothing designs to show the students and allowed them to look through their personal design portfolios which they take to professional interviews.

Mrs Hayes obtained a degree in fashion clothing technology and after specializing in bridal design, is now teaching the technical aspects of fashion design and Garment technology. Mrs Lines specialised in exhibition design but now works as a freelance designer. She has worked for companies including Matalan, Joe Bloggs, Mothercare, Primark, Top Shop and Umbro. She was involved in designing the new kits for numerous first division football clubs.

Mrs Lines and Mrs Hayes now run a successful company teaching fashion technology and design called Sew Arty. They already run a club for Prep School pupils at Liverpool College but are now planning to run another enrichment club next half term, for pupils specifically interested in careers in fashion, where they will be guided through the process of creating their own portfolio.

We would like to thank Mrs Hayes and Mrs Lines for giving their time so generously. The pupils gained a great deal from their expertise and found the talk incredibly informative and inspirational.

To read more about the careers programme at Liverpool College, please click here