Design Academy of Fashion Review
I transferred to DAF in my graduate year and found that this institution truly caters to the growth of each student. DAF cares about your vision and assists in refining your creative expression.
Being at DAF proved to me that I have the ability to be successful. Coming from a humble upbringing, to being short-listed to the Gucci Fellowship Award, travelling to Italy and interviewing at one of the biggest brands in the world, was an incredible experience.
I graduated from DAF in 2011 – I had moved from Law to Fashion and was quite nervous about the dramatic move, but studying at DAF was challenging and inspiring and really assisted me in having the confidence to open my own label.
The small classes and focused teaching really helped to develop my unique perspective and to give me a taste of the various aspects of the industry
DAF has a very personal approach and really cares for each student. In the first year I knew nothing about sewing, garment construction or technical terms and by the time I left I had abroad understanding of the industry and all that went along with it.
The lecturers create a positive space where you are encouraged to be creative. I loved my time at DAF and still speak to the friends I made there many years ago. I got my first job at Woolworths with Bianca and Luke’s help which set me up for my career.
Since then I have worked on sneaker collaborations with Adidas and Fila, worked on Savile Row in London and am currently a senior designer for menswear accessories at John Lewis in London.
I would highly recommend DAF for anyone thinking about studying fashion.
Each year at DAF was a moment of growth for me, in my way of designing and how I approach new projects. DAF has been a very important part of my life and my career; I am very thankful for my time at DAF because of the friends I’ve made and the creative freedom given to us as designers, they helped me grow and realise what I wanted to do in my career and where I wanted to take my designing ability.
I recommend DAF to any young fashion designer that has a passion to develop their design capability and broaden their career path, DAF will help you find your creative space and give you the freedom to be who you are as a person and as a designer.
Right now, I am currently waiting for September to kick start my career in fashion; I am leaving to Rome to be a student and assistant designer for outerwear at Gucci.