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Fashion Enter & Waltham Forest College Unite for Quality Fashion Training

20-06-2014   


This collaboration overseen and encouraged by Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter has led to the delivery of fashion and textiles qualifications from Entry Level 1 through to apprenticeships at levels 2, 3 and 4.

The collaboration was further cemented when Jenny decided to undertake her DTLLS Level 5 training (Delivery of Teaching in Life Long Learning Sector) with the College.

Ian Claussen, Director of Quality and Innovations stated, “We are confident that this collaboration with the College and its own fashion department will develop further, especially as The Creative Arts department at the College which includes Art, Design and Fashion, is shortly to move into brand new, purpose built accommodation which is a key element in a £10m building programme.”

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Jenny Holloway commented, “It’s been a real delight to work with Waltham Forest College. Their centering on excellence and compliance has created a very high standard in the Level 1 portfolios and the completion rate with the Level 1 has been almost 90%!  We have also had excellent progression with the successful completer’s with 10 moving into Further Education and 11 acquiring jobs. It’s been an excellent team effort between Waltham Forest College and our amazing staff at the Stitching Academy. Long may this continue.”

Recently Jenny was invited as a special guest to judge the Waltham Forest College annual Fashion Show and crown a winner. The winner was awarded a membership with FashionCapital free of charge, including mentoring sessions with Jenny Holloway, offering guidance to launching their fashion career and supplies of stock fabric for their future collections.

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After looking at 25 collections 
Jenny noted an impressive collection from BTEC Extended Fashion Diploma student, Damla Ozelar. Damla’s collection, which was inspired by 1950’s silhouettes, included striking floral prints, cuts and commerciality.

The winning collection however was awarded to Safia Mavitidi, tailored shoulders were padded and prominent in an array of power suits, exaggerated skirts and ruffles in a monochrome colour palette.

Jenny commented: “A huge well done and thank you to Team Waltham Forest College! I was pleasantly surprised by the creativity, innovation and commercialism of the 25 presentations. Some individual garments were worthy of London Fashion Week, especially the toiling samples that were so intricate and the aboriginal art. The winner had to be an individual designer and Safia was selected because she produced a cohesive range that had true design, complex pattern pieces and yet the styles had elements of commercialism.  We will now work with Safia to define her collection, provide all fabric free of charge from our stocks and create a network for her brand.  We are really looking forward to welcoming her to the Factory.”

The night further cements the unique relationship Fashion Enter has with Waltham Forest College and its ongoing commitment to fashion in learning and education today.

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Waltham Forrest is supported by the EU and Skills Funding Agency 

   




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