Last Friday, Diane McCarthy of the Embroiderers’ Guild Romford branch came in to deliver a guest lecture to our fashion students.
The Romford Embroiderers, as they are known, is a collective of people with a shared passion for embroidery. They get together once a month to enjoy a diverse programme of speakers, activities and social opportunities.
Diane told the interesting story of her mother’s upbringing in the lace-making district of Nottingham, her education in fashion in the late 1950s and the business she subsequently started in the early 1960s. This fascinating journey of Diane’s mother allowed the students to see how little things have changed in regards to fashion education, hence, the importance and relevance of what they study here at Havering.
They were shown a variety of pieces designed and made by her mother, as well as journals, fashion sketches and pattern cutting/construction coursework which no doubt bore resemblances to their own.
Fashion lecturer Julia McAusland said:
The students saw first-hand from Diane how her mother's fashion education was very similar to their own; they were encouraged to know that hard work now will pay off as they embark on their future careers in the industry.
To support Julia’s statement, the students described Diane’s lecture as being ‘inspirational’ and ‘interesting’ and allowed them to realise the potential the industry holds.