I am a student of the University of Rhode Island, and I chose London because I am interested in a Fashion Major, Theatre Minor wanting to do costuming in the future. London has a large theatre scene, as well as a history in fashion that dates back to the pioneering of tailoring. I wanted to make sure I was getting the best of both worlds. I interned at couturier Suzie Turner where I learned how high-end couture dresses are assembled. I learned the proper way to embellish high-end garments as well as witnessing the design process in the studio. As I want to be a costume designer, any new skill set picked up within fashion, assembly, or sewing is an additional skill I can use to improve my own designs and garments. The knowledge I gained from seeing what types of materials were used will help me to make the right choices in the future, and I can use the embellishment technique I learned in the studio for my own pieces.
I have loved the environment of my internship the most. Suzie Turner is an amazing person to work with, and her helpful team of interns. She and my supervisor were both so approachable that coming to work and spending the day sewing, chatting, and listening to music didn’t feel like work at all. Moreover, we were making such beautiful dresses!