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Virtual Perspectives Lecture: Careers in Fashion

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The Girls’ Division will stage its next ‘Perspectives’ Lecture on Monday 10 May. Exploring Careers in Fashion, this event will take place at 7pm on Zoom. A panel of Old Girls will draw upon their range of experience to reflect upon the diverse range of career choices, opportunities and challenges within the sector, as well as the skills required to succeed.

Our panellists are Rajeshree Bhosle (Class of 1998), Luxury and Retail CFO; Joanne Czutkowna (Class of 2000), Founder of ‘I Went Shopping Today’; Florence Hughes (Class of 2009), Designer of Accessories and Bags at ASOS; Sarah Ann Murray (Class of 2001), Fashion Director, Stylist and Journalist; and Imogen West (Class of 2019), Student of Fashion Design at the University of Leeds. Read more about the four speakers below.

Perspectives Lectures are free to attend via Zoom and are aimed at pupils in year 10 and above, although open to all with a keen interest in the fashion industry. Parents, Alumni, all other members of the School and the local community are also more than welcome to attend. Please register via the link below to receive the Zoom code on the day:

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‘Perspectives’ is a lecture series hosted by the Girls’ Division, currently on Zoom, with events scheduled to take place once every half term. The inaugural lecture was given by Old Girl Sally-Anne Huang and we have also enjoyed a Careers in Journalism Panel featuring Old Girls and a current parent.

About our panellists:

Rajeshree Bhosle (Class of 1998) is the Global CFO for The Faction Collective, a disrupter premium ski brand specialising in hardgoods and apparel aimed at the Freeskier market. Her role as CFO incorporates global strategic alignment of finance and business strategy, responsibility for the day to day accounting and finance, as well as operational functions such as Legal and HR. During her time at The Faction Collective, Rajeshree has supported the business through 2 rounds of investment funding in order to achieve the long term strategic growth goals of the business over the next 5 years.

With over 15 years international experience in both commercial and technical finance, Rajeshree has worked with some of the worlds most successful and recognised brands and industry leaders including Ivy Park (with owners Sir Philip Green and Beyoncé), Christian Louboutin, Michael Kors, Selfridges and Jimmy Choo. Her broad range of experience ensures holistic business decision making through cohesion of commercial and financial business strategy.

Joanna Czutkowna (Class of 2000) has over 20 years’ experience working in the fashion industry. She has led innovation and product development teams for world recognized companies. From an early career in fashion buying in the UK, Joanna relocated to Shanghai and oversaw the growth and product development for a range of major high street brands. It was there she developed insights into every part of the product development process, from ideation to sampling and manufacture. Working directly with the factories gave her hands-on experience in revealing how processes and products could be developed more efficiently and sustainably. 

Joanna was then asked to set up innovation teams for one of the world’s biggest family of brands, redesigning how they worked with suppliers and instigating their global product development innovation hub. It was there she learnt the power of digital design and how it could shape the future of the fashion industry.

Currently located in the UK with a broad-ranging global view, Joanna now runs her own consultancy, specialising in nurturing creative thinking to support business leaders to think differently and push for a more innovative, sustainable and considered approach.

Sarah Ann Murray (Class of 2001) is a freelance fashion stylist and creative director, styling and art directing photoshoots for magazines, styling celebrities and working closely with brands on their visual campaigns and collection designs.

Having graduated Birmingham University with a Law with French degree - a far cry from the fashion world - and after travelling some 28 countries, Sarah moved to a more creative calling when she attended the London College of Fashion to hone her styling skills.

When living in Singapore she joined a luxury men’s magazine as their Fashion Director and spent six years writing about luxury, attending fashion weeks, and styling some fascinating people, including Samuel L. Jackson, Charles Dance, Serena Williams and Eric Cantona.

Since going freelance and setting up her own business, Sarah has been lucky enough to continue working with some of the industry’s most recognizable names, from photographer’s like Rankin, to styling Massimo Dutti’s Spring imagery, dressing David Beckham and more recently, becoming personal stylist to Brian May, for Queen’s world tour and for their Oscar’s performance. Here, she put together a full tour wardrobe planning every look Brian would wear on stage and for press and TV events. She even got to play on his guitar and hang out with Brian’s cat!

Sarah splits her time between London and Portugal, though since Covid has spent much more time in the sunny Algarve than the streets of London. Plus, she’s finally been able to undertake a shoot in Portugal, making the most of the beauty of the region for a British shoe brand’s Spring Summer campaign, before flying back to London early this summer to collaborate with British brand, Private White VC for their AW collection.

Imogen West (Class of 2019) attended Bolton School from 2014 to 2019. At A-Level she studied Fashion and Textiles, Product Design and Psychology, and feels that choosing two design-based subjects at this stage in her education, along with undertaking creative work experiences over the summers of year 10, 11 and 12, allowed her to really grasp which aspect of the design industry she wished to study further. 

Imogen is now in her second year of a BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree at the University of Leeds. With modules including Garment Technology, Research and Design Development and Fashion Marketing, she has developed her creativity and knowledge of the fashion industry and also started to identify potential future careers.

Having recently secured an internship which will begin in September at the Harris Tweed tailors, Walker Slater, in Edinburgh, Imogen will undertake work in the three module areas listed above, allowing her to practice her skills in a real-life setting.

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