Molly Goddard is Central Saint Martins 2012 graduate in Knitwear, who got accepted onto the MA course by Louise Wilson. Moly, congratulations! Inspired by her baby clothes, she has presented a bright, girly, big and exciting graduate collection of oversized crinoline dresses from neon tulle and delicate crochet, her fabric manipulations were fantastic. We wish her good luck with her MA course and would like to thank her for a great interview.
Was it hard for you to get into CSM? What was your background and journey to BA?
It was hard because so many people apply, you have to think ahead, I was determined to get into the fashion pathway on foundation so that I would stand a better chance of getting onto the BA. I knew nothing of knitwear though, until Willie Walters suggested I gear my portfolio towards the course rather than Womenswear. It was good advice, although I am still not the biggest fan of knitting I love the freedom that comes with making your own fabric
Describe your final year? What was the hardest?
Constant stress and hard work. But the course is structured well so time was not too much of an issue, the hardest thing was organising myself and the people helping me and attempting to shut off to go to sleep or have some free time; which I think is really important.
If you could do the final year again, what would you do differently?
Plan all the things that I needed to do once I had finished, like having a good website, being ready to send things off for shoots etc. I was expecting a break after I finished but have been almost as busy the whole time. Also I think sticking to your initial ideas and working in uni around people and tutors really helps because I started to go very blind to what I was doing.
Tell us about your final collection (inspiration, techniques you have used, difficulties and struggles…)
My research was a mess at the beginning, nobody could understand what I was interested in or trying to achieve. So I started to work out what the main part of my sketch/research books was, and realised a lot of what I liked was based on things I had loved since I was a child and related to my childhood. I did not want to be nostalgic but quite simply looked at how my old baby clothes were made and worked from there. Looking at smocking and embroidery and odd shaped tops and pants; made to fit over nappies.
How did you choose your soundtrack and why?
Choosing a song was hard, I wanted it to clash with the clothes because the collection turned out so girlie in the end and any kind of soft music with it would have made the whole thing rubbish. I just wanted it to be fun and something that would wake me up, and I have always loved Soca so I chose a good soca song that the models would be able to walk to.
What is your most precious memory from the time in CSM?
Having a gossip with the tutors and technicians and salad boxes in the canteen. And my MA interview.
Everyone tells how competitive CSM students are. Do you agree with it and how was it to study in your class?
No, I never found it too competitive, I didnt want people to see my work but more because I wanted everything to be a surprise at the end for everyone. Also everyone in my class worked very differently and a lot of people worked from home, I think knit is different to the other path ways in that sense.
What was the best advice you got in CSM from the tutors?
Did you do any internships? If yes, than please describe your experience. What were the most valuable lessons you got? What do you think is crucial for a fashion student to know when he is applying for a dream placement?
In my placement year I worked at John Galliano in Paris, it was hard work but exciting, living and working in a new country means you get fully involved in the work. I worked with quite a few other students as well which made it fun. We were thrown straight into it, which meant I learnt loads, especially from the incredible atelier, who were very patient and caring. The research trips the designers did were always fascinating and dressing a couture show was a highlight.
I also worked for Meadham Kirchhoff, whose designs I have always loved. Working for designers whose style and taste you admire adds another level to the placement, the studio was an small, intense environment to work in which was a good contrast to Galliano where there are so many designers and different elements to the company, that it was easy to lose track of which collection you were working on.
Can you give one advice to first, second and final years.
1st – Build a good relationship with tutors and technicians and go out a lot.
2nd – Do a placement year and try and go to Paris.
3rd – Start working hard in September and never stop researching.
What is next?
I am working on various projects this summer and then starting the MA.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/new-kids-on-the-fashion-block-7857146.html
Research images via Molly’s blog http://mollygoddard.blogspot.co.uk/