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Taken from a blog written by Textiles Teacher Haidee Foy (Maidstone Grammar School for Girls) who used the Textiles Skills Centre ‘Careers in Fashion & Textiles’ Free Resource with her students:

GCSE Fashion and Textiles students have been exploring the work and careers of fashion industry professionals this week.

Poster for Free textiles resource

Free Resource by Textiles Skills Cente on Careers in Fashion & Textiles

A variety of industry experts have recorded 5-minute videos, discussing their educational backgrounds and careers, this has given our students a real insight into what a career in the fashion and textile industry might entail.




Hannah Jenkinson in Peru

Hannah Jenkinson in Peru



Particular highlights included the work of HANNAH JENKINSON, who specialises in ethically crafted luxury knitwear. Hannah has worked for a number of high end and contemporary companies including Calvin Klein Collection, St John Knits and Equipment FR among others. She currently lives and works in Peru where she has her own knitwear studio for her ‘HJK’ brand.

Hannah Jenkinson Knitwear

Hand embroidered piece by Hannah Jenkinson



‘I believe that one of the most important things we can do right now for the planet,
for women, and for humanity, is to help indigenous cultures retain their way of life.’





Similarly, students were introduced to an alumni, KIRSTY ORIEL. Kirsty is a costume maker and bridal seamstress based in Kent. She graduated from Rose Bruford College with a 1st Class degree in Costume Design and has since worked for the Royal Opera House costume department, HalfPenny London and Dee Sheehan.
Her work includes designing and making bespoke bridal dresses and costumes for film, TV, theatre and opera and her more recent work featured in the period drama Bridgerton.

His Dark Materials Costumes for Mrs Coulter

Kirsty Oriel’s Costumes for Mrs Coulter(Ruth Wilson) in His Dark Materials

Kirsty Oriel's Bridgerton costumes

Kirsty Oriel’s Bridgerton costumes










Each designer was asked to respond to a highly pertinent question – ‘what advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?’ A common theme was to pursue your passion, be creative and experimental in your work and to not be afraid of failure. All key points that we would always encourage students to follow.