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Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Graduate Student: Jess Kennedy
Jess Kennedy is a graduate of Fife College Fashion department and kindly gave us an insight into her recent endeavours.
L-R: Jess Kennedy and Louise Horsburgh
1. What have you
been doing since you graduated from HND Fashion Design and Production with
from the HND course at Adam Smith 4 years ago, I became a direct entrant into
the Fashion Marketing and Retailing course at Heriot Watt University in Galashiels.
It was a very quick few years at University and I can’t believe I’ve now graduated!
This year I have been working hard to save for a big move to Oz at the end of
2. What were the main benefits of coming to
college before going to University?
For me, most
importantly was the support and learning I received from the lecturers at
college. I really learnt a lot through the feedback provided at college. I left
school at 16 feeling under confident but joined the NQ Fashion Business course
at Adam Smith knowing I had a passion for fashion. Chrsitine and the rest of
the fashion department really believed in me, and the teaching was SO valuable
that I was able to transfer a lot of college-learning to help at university.
The HND Fashion Design and Production course is fantastic, it gave me a broad
knowledge of different aspects of fashion which helped with choices made at
University. Oh, and I have definitely made friends for life through the College
3. How did your time
in India come about?
During my third year
of University, I was told about the opportunity to move to India for a semester
and be taught at a University over there. I could not miss this chance! I
applied and got accepted to study Fashion Styling and Image Design at The Pearl
Academy of Fashion in New Delhi. India is one of the best decisions I have ever
made. Culturally very different to Scotland the experience broadened my mind
and developed me personally as well as academically. Being mixed in a class
with girls and guys so determined to make a success of Fashion in India really
was inspiring, especially being within such a colourful and lively culture.
India is well known for its textile heritage and beautiful fabrics, right now
there is a strong movement as the country to develop the fashion industry. I was
given the opportunity to work at Delhi Fashion Week and visit Mumbai which
allowed me to experience this first hand.
I highly recommend
to any student going to University to take a similar opportunity to go abroad.
Not only did I get to enjoy a new city but it really focused me in my final
year of study at University, I decided to do my final year’s dissertation
around the topic of India’s strategic approaches in the fashion industry.
4. Please tell us
about any fashion experiences you have had that stand out.
During my final year
of University I decided to take on an internship at Fashion App ‘Mallzee’ in
addition to my studies. As a start-up company it was a fantastic experience to
see them grow from the beginning to where they in terms of current success. I
was working with the team when they launched at London Fashion Week which was
great.We worked hard spending a week
visiting various bloggers and magazines to promote the app, which paid off when
I got to see a couple of shows! The company also recently featured on Dragon’s
I was overjoyed when
I was given an award after graduating for Best Fashion Marketing Student – my
greatest achievement to date. This meant
travelling to London and attending a very posh event where I was presented with
a medal and cash prize.
5. What would your dream shoot be?
Tough one! Kate Moss
will forever be my ultimate favourite model - so it would have to include her!
Maybe somewhere tropical? Rihanna’s fashion shoot with Harpers Bizarre in
Australia was pretty cool! The options are endless!
6. What is next for
I’m moving to Sydney
at the end of May, I decided to make the move on a bit of a whim! I hope to be
there for at least a year. I am still very determined to have a job in fashion
so I have been applying for jobs right now, and have a few interviews lined up,
so fingers crossed! Any experience in Australia would be great!
7. What is the main
appeal of fashion magazine work for you in Australia?
work isn’t an area I have previous experience in, although it has always
appealed to me. I like the fact that fashion magazines reach out to such a
large audience. My passion for magazines
actually started on my daily train commute to college from Cupar to Kirkcaldy!
I got a little addicted…I like that magazines have scope to be very different
every issue which appeals to me as my thoughts evolve and there is potential to
be a more creative thinker. So much happens at a fashion magazine, and every
day is different, I’m excited at the prospect of being involved in the madness
of it all.
Thank you so much Jess and good luck on your travels down under Jess x