Student Q&A: Anna Stefanou

Anna studied HNC Millinery at the Chelsea Centre for Creative Industries.

Q1. What is your background and what made you choose to study your HE course at Morley?

My background is in Architecture. Before studying millinery I had taken a career break to raise my family. I chose Morley for my HE as the course is very well regarded here and abroad and it is the only provider to offer millinery at this level.

Q2. Did you enjoy the course? What were highlights of the course?  

The course was intense, thought provoking and it really prepared me to be independent and venture out professionally by the end of it. I loved the emphasis on design and how I was encouraged to find my design voice through the projects. Amongst the highlights was winning second prize at the Feltmakers competition, having my hats at Fenwick’s and also celebrating our hard work at the end of year exhibition.

Q3. What did you learn? Why is this useful in your industry? What particular skills did you developed?  

I learned to trust the design and making process and that mistakes are part of this process. I learned to be critical about my work, to problem solve, how to develop a collection. I also found out a lot about myself as a designer, what my strengths are and how to continually develop my skills even after leaving the course. Finding your own identity as a designer is particularly useful in this industry as we want to be more than makers and also be able to develop our own making techniques.

Q4. Please tell us about what you are doing now? Projects you are working on/your career/your next course etc. Did your course with us help you to find your next steps? If so how? 

After graduating from Morley, I had a few months internship with a milliner I admire and shortly after that I won an award for a subsidised space and business coaching at Cockpit studios. I also started freelancing as a milliner working for other milliners I admire, and I even had a few months work, producing head pieces for a Netflix production. I also had two fashion collaborations, with my hats showing at London and Paris fashion week. All the above was a direct result of studying at Morley.

Q5. Why did you choose Morley? what was unique about the course or college? 

Morley has a unique position offering this level course in millinery. The tutors are very well regarded in the industry, have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are there to guide and support you very step of the way. The end goal being that you won’t need their support by the end of the course!

Q6. What is your end goal? what are your next steps? what do you want to achieve in life and how did your course support it?  

I would like to do more fashion collaborations and keep freelancing as I find industry experience is crucial. I also would like to develop my own line of casual hats and of course fully support myself financially through millinery.

Q7. What would you say to anyone thinking about studying a HE course with us? 

I wholeheartedly recommend it! It’s not just the knowledge, the skills, the focus of creating your own collection, it’s also about making connections. The people I studied with as well as my tutors are still my closest contacts in the industry and I won’t hesitate to ask for their advice should I need it.

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