I think this summer, my last as a student for hopefully a while, was the one where I decided what I wanted to do. My career goals have changed so much since I started my gcses (7 years ago, crazy!) I wanted to be a fashion designer, a photographer, an illustrator, an opera singer, a costume maker. And I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to explore most of those things in my education so far (except for the opera thing, i’m just learning the queen of the night aria in my room until my neighbour hates me).
I knew I was interested in fashion history. I’ve worn vintage clothes for the past 6 years because I love the story behind them, I’m one of the few who like to think that someone else wore their dress! And when I got to take a history of costume module last year I really enjoyed learning.
So I’m hoping to get some work experience this year at a few museums and other establishments as a textile restorer. I’m also really interested in writing my dissertation on how and why we restore clothing for display. I get to be an assistant curator for my class’ section of the creative arts fair.
Essentially, I want to work in a lovely museum writing about the clothing they house (The V&A could do with a better description of the clothing on their website!), unless of course I discover restoration is my forte. I also want to write a regular section on fashion history for a popular fashion magazine (as in, not one about vintage fashion). I also want to write a book.
Is that too much to ask?