Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Great opportunity for fashion designers. ''The Finishing school'' as part of the design festival is a great opportunity to work with some professionals in the industry.

I've just been past this one by the press team, I must say it looks like an amazing thing to get involved in and the price is just as good. 
Matt. x
The Finishing School is part of theLiverpool Design Festival.
Monday 2 – Friday 6 November 2009
Finishing School is a 5 day series of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-ones with business experts and industry leaders. The sessions are aimed at equipping new and emerging designers with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to grow successful businesses in the fashion industry.
Monday 2 Nov 10.30am – 12       From A Buyers Perspective
Session led by Joanna Watkinson, Head Buyer, My-Wardrobe.com followed by one-to-one sessions between 2pm and 5.30pm bookable in advance.
Tuesday 3 Nov  10.30am – 11am                In Conversation With Justine Mills from Cricket
The owner of Liverpool’s trend setting designer boutique discusses how she created the destination store. Session followed by one-to-ones until 1pm.
Tuesday 3 Nov 2pm – 3pm                           Intellectual Property and Legal seminar                
Session led by Michael Shaw from Marks and Clerk, Patent Trade attorneys followed by more bookable one-to-ones until 4pm.
Wednesday 4 Nov 10am  - 1pm                 Fashion Marketing
Led by management consultant Dr Rachel Smart who originally trained as a designer at Loughborough College of Art and Middlesex University before completing an MBA at Durham. She now works with fashion designers as well as the professional bodies that support them.
Wednesday 4 Nov 2pm - 4pm                    Brand and Design For Your Business
Led by Jon Barraclough, who in the 1980s was Senior Graphic Designer at Design Intelligence in London. The company documented major international fashion shows and published fashion forecasting guides for designers and retailers such as Levi's Europe, Next, Top Man and Marks and Spencer plc.
Thursday 5 Nov 10.30am- 12noon             Fashion and Music – Increasing Interdependence
Photographer and art director Liz Harry will discuss how a symbiotic relationship between popular music and fashion has developed. Liz has worked with The Zutons and The Arctic Monkeys and amongst her latest campaigns were bands Theoretical Girl and All-American Rejects.
Thursday 5 Nov 1pm – 5pm         Brand Image – Getting It Right
One-to-one bookable sessions with Clare Rogerson whoworked as Account Manager at Issa Communications looking after national and international brands including Bodyamr, Havanianas and Katerina Psoma. Clare specialised in small brands, advising on brand strategies, working with  designers to attain spaces to show at Fashion Week and introducing them to retailers such as Browns, Bendels, Bergdorfs, Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges, Harrods etc.
Friday 6 Nov 10.30am – finish     Live Fashion Photo Shoot
With photography by Bruce Smith, styling by Benna Harry, hair by Alfie Booth from Andrew Collinge Salon and make-up by a MAC trained artist. A unique opportunity to sit in, watch, question and learn from the professionals on a live shoot.
Book for £28 a day or £100 for the week contact Julie Colligan on 0151 709 1566
or via email at 

The Finishing School is part of the Liverpool Design Festival and is run by industry support body Design Initiative with the support of the City of Liverpool and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.