As time slip away thought drift towards Graduate Fashion Week, so I took some time to look at previous Graduates. This is when I came across the recipient of David Bands Textiles Award Sarika Pancholli. Her collection was amazing, I loved the contemporary way of layering knitwear and the use of materials such as shoelaces, straws, lolly-pop sticks and whistles.
The interview below provided me with some useful information for my future career and just reminded me of how I just need to KEEP GOING!
Graduate Fashion Week: Hi Sarika, so what’s happened since we last you at Graduate Fashion Week last year?
Sarika Pancholli: A two month placement at River island as a knitwear assistant, worked locally with suppliers of womenswear and interned at Vivienne Westwood for 3 months. I also showcased my collection in front of the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge During the Diamond Jubilee tour to Leicester.
GFW: How did GFW help you prepare for a role in the fashion industry?
SP: Got to meet a great selection of mentors, giving great advice on how to progress and where to begin.
GFW: What has been the highlight of your journey so far?
SP: Experiencing different fields!
GFW: What has been the hardest point of your career so far and how have you/how do you plan to over come it?
SP: Convincing employers that you are capable, just pushing myself into trying new things to show diversity, and that you are flexible to changes.
GFW: If you could travel back in time to your final year at university and tell your past self one thing- what would it be?
SP: Keep going!
GFW: Based on your own personal experience - how would you recommend future graduates prepare for Graduate Fashion Week this year?
SP: Show who you are, this is your chance to give all your creativity a new level, don’t be shy!
GFW: How did it feel to be awarded one of the highest commendations at Graduate Fashion Week?
SP: It was a real shock, but truly grateful for the recognition.
GFW: What three things would you say have helped you achieve your success so far?
SP: Culture, DMU, Destiny.