Nationality: Italian and British

Languages: Fluent in Italian (mother tongue) and English. Very good understanding and speaking level of French. Passed JLPT N5 level (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) and studying towards JLPT N4 level.

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Mobile number (UK): +44 (0) 77-1724-5662                                Mobile number (JAPAN): +81 (0) 70-2667-1744


Currently enrolled in an MA course in Global Fashion Concentration at Bunka Gakuen University (Tokyo).

BA Honours: Fashion from Edinburgh University: First.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from Leeds College of art: Distinction.

11 GCSEs (5 A*s, 4 As, 1B, 1C), 1 AS (C), 4 A levels (2As, 2Bs) from Keswick School.

Achievements and other information:

  • Currently interning at Yohji Yamamoto (brand: Ground Y) in Tokyo, full- time during holidays and twice a week during term time.

  • Completed a one-week workshop in July 2018, working with local craftsman Shigehiro Takano in Nibutani, Hokkaido (Japan)  producing fish leather artefacts using traditional skills practiced by Ainu ancestors, examining the design practice within contexts of social innovation for sustainability. Funded by  FRPAC. Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture, The Japan Foundation Endowment Committee and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

  • Won the M&S Womenswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2017 for my Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which was inspired by Italian men’s tailoring and Japanese traditional design such as Kimono and Furoshiki.

  • Won the Mackintosh Competition 2016 at my University and the mac coat I designed was manufactured by Mackintosh for me (met with the head pattern designer at the Mackintosh Factory and discussed how to manufacture the coat using my prototype and patterns).

  • Designed and collaborated on the graphics and manufacture of the leaflet/program used for the catwalk shows at ECA’s annual catwalk show at the National Museum of Scotland and Graduate Fashion Week 2017.

Work experience:

August 2018 - ongoing Yohji Yamamoto (Ground Y brand) (Internship) - Headquarters Tokyo

  • Cutting and construction: tailored trousers, shirt, T-shirt, jacket, suit.

  • Pattern copying and cutting by hand (drawn) as well as pattern alteration.

  • Understanding Japanese fashion, sewing and pattern cutting terminology.

  • Ground Y AW19 collection.

  • Preparing packs/envelopes to send to factories for sample production.

September 2018 Tokyo Fashion Week (RABD brand) - Tokyo

  • Backstage helper (organising clothes and rails).

  • Dressing Models.

September 2017 - March 2018 Marks and Spencers (Graduate Trainee Internship) - Headquarters London

  • Garment creation and design.

  • Trend, fabric, colour and print analysis.

  • Range and overview plans.

  • Teamwork with other product designers as well as the buying and the leadership team.

June 2015 & June 2017 Graduate Fashion Week (Edinburgh College of Art) - London

  • Backstage helper (last minute sewing, and alterations, organising clothes and rails, steaming garments).

  • Dressing Models.

  • Setting up University stand.

February - March 2015 Edinburgh College of Art (Fashion internship with 4th year student) - Edinburgh

  • Design development.

  • Accessories research.

  • Pattern cutting.

  • Construction.

  • Fabric sourcing.

  • Surface embellishment (chainmail, enhancing/decorating shoes).


Interpersonal communication

  • Teamwork (working on collaborative projects on my course and with students from textiles and interiors as well as staff).

  • Friendly (can interact easily with people as I deal with many different customers while waitressing)

  • Remaining focused even when multitasking (I dealt with a variety of jobs at the same time during my internship and in the restaurant).

  • Very good time management, organisation and planning skills (manage my time between my fashion studies and Japanese classes through ought the year).

  • Thrive under pressure (during intense course projects and busy shifts).

  • Always meet deadlines.

  • Quick problem solving (when people’s opinions clash during group meetings or if something in the design process goes wrong).

  • Reliable, motivated, fast and eager learner.

Design skills

  • CAD (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).

  • Patternmaking (constructing patterns from scratch or altering existing ones).

  • Domestic and Industrial Knitting machines.

  • PLM system.

  • Confident sewer on both industrial and domestic machines, overlockers and also hand sewing.

Other skills:

  • Dyeing, screen/sublimation/digital printing and laser cutting.

  • Have organised and taken part in a photo shoot both for group and personal projects.

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