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Wharf Life Mar 28-Apr 11, 2019

work the meaning of hard

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plan your life from Apr 11-25 where? Excel Royal Docks

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designer and UEL head of fashion Beatrice Newman on getting into the industry, intense creativity and toiling for her dreams By Jon Massey

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‘m exhausted just talking to Beatrice Newman. Recently appointed head of the University Of East London’s fashion department, the 31-year-old is the living embodiment of many of its undergraduates’ dreams. Her battle to succeed in one of the most competitive industries going is also testament to the struggle that lies ahead of them. A childhood love of fairy tales, the works of Edgar Allan Poe and the rags to riches stories of Disney princesses led her to shrug off the concerns of her parents and pursue fashion as a career. “I knew I wanted to do fashion, but I didn’t really know what that would look like,” she said. “I’d been doing a BTEC national diploma course at Brooklands near Weybridge and I managed, for the second year, to solely do fashion. I excelled, so I thought: ‘Well, if I’m good at this, let’s just keep going’.” That led to a place on a BA course at De Montfort University in Leicester – a period that saw her completely immerse herself in her chosen path. learning the craft “It was three really amazing years,” said Beatrice, who now lives in Woolwich. “Doing a fashion degree is a

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whole load of multitasking – you’re not just there scribbling on paper. In actual fact that doesn’t really happen. “In the first year you learn about the technical aspects – how you actually make something flat into 3D. You pattern cut the body – the male and the female form. As you go through these technical projects, you start to learn to make actual garments. It’s about understanding. “Then you get to the second year and through an amalgamation of projects and competitions you’re developing your portfolio – getting ready for the industry – learning a bit of business and picking up other skills such as printmaking, textiles and knitwear. “Through all these things you start to build who you are as a designer and you see this really beautiful diversion of everyone doing their own thing. Then you get to the final year, which is all about the six-piece collection where you get to do what you want to do – to showcase that art and what you’ve learnt. “That culminates with graduate fashion week. There’s a race – who’s going to be showing? There are only about 15-20 slots and there’s a class of 40, so it gets quite competitive. “It’s good to have that sort of environment because it pushes you to go beyond your own imagination. I got onto the catwalk and I became the finale.”

Hard graft: Beatrice says learning to collaborate with other people in the creative industry was essential to her success

Working as a fashion designer is hard. Every day is a new challenge. On top of everything you have to be a creative director too Beatrice Newman, UEL

work ethic “I worked really hard as a student – I can probably only remember going out about three times in the whole time I was there,” said Beatrice “It was always about staying late. I’m not saying I was a model student – everybody has their ways – but I was just so driven by what I wanted to be and where I wanted to go. “That was my work ethic. It is intense. I don’t think people realise how intense, not just fashion, but the creative industries as a whole are. “We are essentially inventors and we’re having to think about new things every single day. It’s not just about designing something to please a crowd. “You essentially want to make money out of something you love. It’s a very difficult thing to do.” The long hours persisted after graduation as she worked tirelessly to establish her brand Korlekie – entering numerous competitions and approaching stylists, which has resulted in her clothes being worn by the likes of Alesha Dixon, The Noisettes, Rita Ora and Anna Friel. branding things right “Korlekie means queen of eagles – it comes from the Adangbe people from West Africa,” said Beatrice. “I was born here though so my brand has dual heritage from Britain and Ghana. “When I started designing, I didn’t want to do the typical West African prints because when people see that, I think they think of Africa but they’re not actually African. “Ghana has so much more to offer so I looked into the weaving

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