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P R O F I L E

During my graduate year at Edinburgh College of Arts, I honed my skills of draping and tailoring. Learning bespoke tailoring techniques and time consuming hand work, in addition to creative draping. I designed organically and intuitively, holding my concept in my head and manipulating fabric based upon my knowledge of techniques and processes. Academically, I explored how fashion is experienced and understood, particularly for those who are visually impaired, which has sparked a design ethos of considering fashion as whole, how it is feels, moves, is presented, and how it’s purpose and process is communicated. Since graduating, I have enjoyed working with, and learning from, a team. Furthermore, I have continued to enjoy learning quickly in a fast paced environments. I pride my self on my attention to detail, my joy in learning, my dedication, passion and perseverance and my ability to support and uplift my colleagues during difficult moments. As a bridal seamstress at Emma Roy, I developed my hand sewing skills in lace and beading, gained a greater understanding of how to work with bridal fabrics  and conducted fittings and alterations. Upon moving to Walker Slater, a tailoring focused tweed specialist, my passion for, and knowledge of, tailoring has only grown. A significant part of my role is creating outfits for clients. Additionally, I have been also able to refine my own style and have a new found appreciation and knowledge of tweed. Both my roles at Emma Roy and Walker Slater have highlighted my excitement and eagerness to continue expanding my knowledge of craftsmanship within the luxury and couture fashion industry.

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Experience

 

WOMENSWEAR TAILORING SALES ADVISOR - WALKER SLATER (Full-Time)

(February 2024 - Current)

Walker Slater is a tailoring focused tweed specialist positioned in the luxury fashion sector. Using excellent product and company knowledge I provide one-on-one customer service in a fast-paced environment, walking clients through the fit, creating outfits and advising on ways to style pieces based on their personal taste. I have gained knowledge of tweed, tailoring and styling for clients in womenswear and experience conversing with a vast and diverse clientele base.

 

MENSWEAR TAILORING SALES ADVISOR - WALKER SLATER (Part-Time)

(December 2023 - February 2024)

Initially employed part-time with Walker Slater in menswear, offered a full-time position in the womenswear after 2 months. I understand the fit of mens and womens tailoring as such I have good understanding of the foundation that womens tailoring in built upon. 

 

COUTURE AND BRIDAL SEAMSTRESS - EMMA ROY​

(August 2023 - January 2024)

Independently conducted fittings with brides and completed alterations quickly and to a high standard, while training under staff with 30+ years experience. My responsibilities included large amounts of hand sewing lace and beads, seams alterations, adding darts, and hemming plain and lace fabric. I worked with in a small and personal team, which required excellent time management and organisation of work space. 

 

BRIDAL CONSULTANT/STYLIST - EMMA ROY

(August 2023 - January 2024)

Using my knowledge of 100+ gowns I conducted bridal appointments. Excellence communication and listening was required to understand the brides needs and their style preference. Additionally the role required management of emotions and expectations.

GRADUATE COLLECTION INTERN 

(May - June 2022)

Interned for Ella Parr, a finalist for Hand and Lock 2022. I assisted with their Graduate Collection where I undertook delicate beading and hand sewing tasks.

 

MACKINTOSH LIVE INDUSTRY PROJECT

(September 2021 - November 2021)

Design and manufacture outerwear brief with Mackintosh. I was given the opportunity to create an outwear piece which utilised their specialist fabric. 

 

GRADUATE COLLECTION INTERN

(March - May 2021)

Interned for Skye Bending, assisting with their Graduate Collection, weaving rubber, designing, patterning and prototyping with accessories. Additionally I assisted with fabric sourcing and styling.

 

FINALIST IN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND LIVE ILLUSTRATION PROJECT 

(September 2019 - December 2019)

Developed a series of three A2/3 fashion illustrations that depicted pieces selected from the Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk exhibition.

 

CLIENT WORK  

(August 2018 - September 2018)

Commissioned to design and manufacture a custom fitted top inspired by the band ‘5 Star’  for clients event.

 

Skills

  • Draping

  • Experience with bespoke tailoring techniques

  • Experience with couture finishing techniques

  • Beading 

  • Creating pattern blocks in custom and standardised sizing

  • Creative pattern cutting

  • Experience with cutting and sewing fine silks

  • Experience with cost and specification sheets

  • Hand Sewing

  • Technical Flats on Adobe Illustrator

  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, illustrator and Photoshop

  • Creative illustration 

  • Experience with domestic knitting machines

  • Experienced in Procreate

Press.

Lauren has been featured in multiple British newspapers, including the front cover of The Scotsman and a picture story in the Daily Telegraph.

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Contact

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Based in Edinburgh and London

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