Interview with IFA fashion students – Part 1
As a special treat for our readers and followers we have decided to give them a one on one interview with our fashion design team at IFA university. So we will try to get some dirt and hands on information from students who are studying fashion design. They vary from different backgrounds, ages and styles. The interviews will be held with two students from the bachelor’s degree that are in their second year studying fashion design and technology, and another student from the masters degree studying Contemporary fashion design.
Victoria Quarrier, A.K.A “Tory” is a 22 year old girl coming from the U.S. (Ithaca New York), in her second year studying fashion design and technology. We have spoken to her asking her various questions from her reasons as to why she chose IFA to continue her degree to finding out about how she likes it over here. We were very pleased with how informative and friendly she was in sharing her views and thoughts.
1/ Hello Tory, can you briefly explain the major you’re studying here at IFA?
Tori/ Hello, in the program of Fashion design and technology, we concentrate on deign and creative outcomes in garment design.
2/ What led you to choose this university and this subject in specific?
Tori/ Basically I really like sawing and pattern making, mainly the hands work, and I was looking online and I found this school compared to other ones is more “hands on” learning more technique things as well as the design side to it, wereas other schools focus just on the design and not so much on the technique aspect.
3/ How do you find the courses at IFA regarding fashion design?
Tori/ I feel like I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here, I definitely improved as well as my classmates if you were to look from when we first started last year and now, everyone has become much more advanced and well informed.
4/ What about the workload and time duration given before submission to each project? And do you feel like that affects the overall quality of the work?
Tori/ Usually there are heavy course loads and heavy projects all at once. However I find its good because it is preparing us for the working life where you’d get heavy work loads. Regarding the time duration affecting the quality of my work, I try not to let that be an affecting factor, even though sometimes it does when we get cramped with work. But in the end it’s time management and you’d have to get on top of things right away.
5/ How about the student/ teacher relationship? Do they help students regarding things aside from university work?
Tori/ The relationship between us and the teachers is very friendly; we go by first name bases and since the campus is small you get to know your teachers a lot more on a personal level. They also take the time to help each student individually since they know each one of us quite well regarding our strong and weak points. They also help us a lot when we need to know more about places where we can find materials for our projects, where we can save money and buy good quality products. They would also take the time to help us regarding personal matters, such as translating some papers we need for our visas or regarding accommodations.
6/Would you say the teachers are well informed of the topics and are able to explain it well, since they must do it in English?
Tori/ Yes and No, I think they are well informed as in they know what they are doing and the subject very well, but sometimes the language can be an issue especially since there are lots of students who don’t speak English very well, so this might result in little misunderstanding on that part.
7/ What inspires you before starting on your projects? Do you take some time to think alone, go for a walk, or just refer to someone’s opinion?
Tori/ Well we are supposed to use research books, but that’s not necessarily the method I go about. I have a list of ideas and anytime I find myself stuck I go to that list and if any point stands out more, then I use that. Otherwise it’s just the heat of the moment where an idea might just pop into my head. But it doesn’t come from anything specifically, just my own head.
8/ Do you find that the school is well equipped with the needed tools and elements to help you with your work? Example: sewing machines, fabrics, etc.
Tori/ Regarding fabric, I think it’s the case in most schools where you have to buy your own.However you have teachers that will provide you with some if your are running low on fabric or don’t have it. Sewing machines are provided, but if you have a big class, then we have to share a machine with a classmate, so that might just affect our work speed. Finally irons are provided as well, yet we could always use 1 or 2 more. A good thing is that the university stays open till late hours, which gives us time to work on our projects. In the future we would hope that they would start to open on weekends as well.
9/ Do you think that it makes a difference between studying fashion design in Paris as opposed to any other place or country?
Tori/ I would definitely say yes it does, just in general we have more opportunities to work in fashion shows, also we are constantly surrounded by fashion since Paris is the fashion capital. As it is a global city, there are different people from all over the world that help inspire you. You also get to know different cultures, whereas these options would be lessened in a smaller city. And thanks to the fact that we are in Paris we get informed of the different techniques regarding draping and pattern making as opposed to other cities. Also achieving a degree in fashion from Paris is always an additive benefit when searching for jobs in that field.
10/ Finally what kind of trips does the university involve you in regarding fashion?
Tori/ We go to more exhibitions than fashion shows, but we also get informed about opportunities to volunteer to work in the backstage of fashion shows. I have had this opportunity working for “Ungaro” with my fellow classmates, as well as working backstage for the Masters students in contemporary fashion design for their fashion shows. As for shows, we’ve been to many such as to the pleats factory, to the silk screen-printing studio, some exhibitions like Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin and many more.
Well, thank you so much for giving us some insight on what you do in the fashion design bachelor degree, and we would like to wish you the best of luck on your future projects and designs.
Stay tuned for our second interview with another IFA student this friday.
Written by Karim Kurdi