When did you graduate. How did you feel about finishing CSM and how was your first year after graduating?

 I felt happy and relieved, having accomplished the biggest project in my life so far. Leaving CSM was sad as I had a blast there. I was lucky and got a job right after graduation, and started designing Costume Jewelry at Dior. It was great even though it was very far from what I had studied and from my own style. However I learned a lot. That was a short contract of 7 months, and after that I moved to Maison Martin Margiela, that’s where I work now.

We were all going nuts, but the ones who organised themselves well, managed to get through it without loosing many braincells.

 What was the most difficult and challenging. Any advice you can give from your own experience to students who will graduate from BA this year?

 It was challenging to make a collection in only few months, having also a photoshoot, marketing project, portfolio and dissertation to do at the same time. We were all going nuts, but the ones who organised themselves well, managed to get through it without loosing many braincells. It is very important not to leave things for the last minute, or to “wait for inspiration”. If it’s not there – you must still work and research, try things out, you never know what will come out of it. Even if things change later, you will still be advanced.

Another thing I could advise for the future graduates – never be too picky when looking for a job. We all thing we’re the greatest, but the start is always tough, one must have a patience of steel, be hard-working and true to oneself. 

 In the end it’s never the way we choose, that will lead us to greatest things. Some people want to “get some rest” after the school is over, and possibly miss the best opportunities, while others jump on them and make the best out of it.

Never fall asleep until you have at least 2 years of working experience. 

 Graduating is not the end of the road. Be open, active and never fall asleep until you have at least 2 years of working experience. 

What is your most important memory from the time in college?

 Final year, of course. It was so intense that it seemed like 5 years. Working at college from the moment they open the doors until late when the guardian is kicking you out, or threatening to lock you in. Then grabbing something quick to eat, drawing on the bus home with a suitcase full of toiles and fabrics under your feet, and working at home till the break of dawn, listening to some bad radio. Sleeping for a few hours, then cold shower and 10 pushups helping you to wake up, big coffee and going to school again. 

 The graduation show was probably the most euphorious moment in my life – when you see the models wearing your creations in the backstage, then you hear your music start – and you realize it’s YOUR TIME..

Be friendly to your classmates, as you never know who will get where – you might be surprised how life turns out sometimes. 

 What were your three most valuable lessons that you got from CSM?

 1. Take more opportunities than you can deal with, there’s a chance some of them will fall through. It’s better to have more things to choose from, rather than not having any.

 2. Less is more. Its better to make a more simple collection but well thought-through, beautifully realised and making good sense, than over-designed and badly made (as there’s not enough of time for both).

3. Always be humble but stubborn and hard-working. 

 Be friendly to your classmates, as you never know who will get where – you might be surprised how life turns out sometimes. 

Look at yourself and what you can do, and never compare with others. 

Take the advice from your tutors, but in the end do what your heart says. Your style is who you are, so believe in it and it will find its fans. 

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