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Cara Edden

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Recent graduate of Fashion Design and Technology, Womenswear, at the London College of Fashion, with experience working for multiple brands within design, pattern cutting and construction, giving a broad overview of the whole design process to strengthen each area to put into practice within industry. Over 6 years’ experience in retail working with customers, learning their needs and wants within clothing and gaining key communication techniques both with customers, management and other colleagues. Highly motivated, organised and hardworking both alone and in team, with the ability to both manage and follow direction to assist in completing tasks. A strong knowledge of designing to a brief, as well as proficiency in research for future collections and themes.



- Adobe packages: Strong knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

- Microsoft programmes: Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel


- Pattern cutting, strong knowledge of garment construction 

- Creating detailed specification sheets, illustrated design drawings

- Fittings - organising and sitting in on fittings, taking notes, amending patterns and designs to create the most flattering design

- Hand-beading and embroidery 

- Made to measure, fabric 

- Manipulation and creating shape and silhouette through pattern cutting and draping on a stand

- Deadlines – working to deadlines to complete tasks, remaining calm and organised to work in the most efficient way


- Creating a theme and beginning research point, then following it through to completion 

- Working to a given brief 

- Sourcing fabrics and components suitable for garments

- Design work

- Problem solving – thinking ahead to avoid foreseeable issues and finding solutions to problems encountered within design and project work


Georgia Hardinge (January 2018-March 2018) – Working on the A/W18 collection

- Independently pattern cutting - From scratch, being placed incharge of several patterns for the AW18 collection, grading and packing technical packs to send to manufacturer

- Designing – helping develop mood boards and designs for the A/W18 collection

- Working on made to measure - Celebrity pieces, pattern cutting, cutting fabric and sewing together

- Fittings - Noting fit amendments, then adapting the patterns to create the most flattering fit

- Running errands - Fabric sourcing, visiting manufacturers and collecting samples

- London Fashion Week & London Fashion Week Festival – Running the stand, pushing sales and building brand awareness

- Photoshoots - Dressing models, creating set pieces and working as on-set seamstress

- Creating pleat patterns – Producing hand pleat patterns and pattern cutting with the pleat patterns in consideration

- Keeping the studio clean and tidy always

- Checking stock – ensuring enough fabric and stationery is in the studio for tasks

House of Holland (June 2016) – Working on the Menswear Season 3 Collection

- Hand Embroidery - Learning precision and working to a high-quality finish for customers to buy

- Working in a high-pressure environment and working to meet deadlines

- Presenting the final work - In a show, talking to clients and viewers at the presentation to sell the garments

- Teamwork – working together on embroideries, delegating tasks to complete everything in the most efficient way


Matalan (2013 – present)

- Head till operator – Given the responsibility of managerial roles on the tills. Being entrusted with the safe keys and floating tills with money, granting discount codes to staff and the public when needed, and helping others with training them and problem solving to run the tills smoothly

- Customer Service – Communication skills to work with staff and the public

- Visual Merchandising - styling mannequins to push sales of garments and create a whole look or aesthetic for a department

- Managerial Skills - Performing health and safety checks and duty managing a team of staff 

- Interviewing – Conducting interviews for potential staff, completing paperwork and training them in their role

- Teamwork - Working with my colleagues to assist in completing tasks they need help with or to finish ontime for a deadline, distributing jobs evenly while duty managing and following instructions from senior management

- Fast paced working environment - with ever changing fashions and garments

- Understanding of seasonal trends and manufacturing methods

Freelance Work (2019)

- Specification packs – creating full detailed specification packs for brands to send to factories for manufacture, including illustrator drawings, size measurements, garment construction information and fabric sourcing information


LCFxPPG (London College of Fashion X PowerPuff Girls with Turner/Cartoon Network)

- Winner of a collaboration project between The London College of Fashion and The PowerPuff Girls with Turner

- Showcased at London Fashion Week (February 2019) – In a presentation at Somerset House

- Collaboration – Teamwork by collaborating with a textile student to create embroidery to compliment my design work

- Design – designing several options of garments for selection and making edits to create the best possible design outcome

- Pattern cutting – Personally pattern cutting, toiling, sewing and creating the final pieces for the show

- Specification sheets – Creating detailed specification sheets and cost sheets to send to Turner should the garments be re-made


- London College of Fashion BA(Hons): Fashion Design Technology, Womenswear (2016 - 2019) – Upper Second Class

- Kingston Art and Design Foundation (2015 - 2016) – Merit

- The Polesworth School (2013-2015): A-LEVEL - Art, Textiles, Drama ranging A – C

- The Polesworth School (2008-2013) - 14 GCSE’s ranging A* - C (including English, Maths, Art &Textiles)


- Catwalk19 – Selected to show my work at ‘St Andrews Charity Catwalk’ show on 9th March 2019 with all profits going to charity. 

- Press including BOF, Haute magazine, Francis Corner’s blog,

References can be supplied if required.