Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Liverpool Design Festival Finishing School

I have just received some pretty exciting information on the Finishing School which is a part of Liverpool Design Festival.

It's a series of seminars, talks and classes from some really interesting people.
I really really want to go to all of them! Especially the talks from Justine at Cricket and Joanne from My Wardrobe, and the Fashion Marketing one.

Have a read through and see if there is any you would be interested in going to.

Monday 2 – Friday 6 November 2009

Finishing School is a 5 day series of workshops, masterclasses and one-to-ones with business experts and industry leaders. The sessions are aimed at equipping new and emerging designers with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to grow successful businesses in the fashion industry.

Monday 2 Nov 10.30am – 12 From A Buyers Perspective

Session led by Joanna Watkinson, Head Buyer, My-Wardrobe.com followed by one-to-one sessions between 2pm and 5.30pm bookable in advance.

Tuesday 3 Nov 10.30am – 11am In Conversation With Justine Mills from Cricket

The owner of Liverpool’s trend setting designer boutique discusses how she created the destination store. Session followed by one-to-ones until 1pm.

Tuesday 3 Nov 2pm – 3pm Intellectual Property and Legal seminar

Session led by Michael Shaw from Marks and Clerk, Patent Trade attorneys followed by more bookable one-to-ones until 4pm.

Wednesday 4 Nov 10am - 1pm Fashion Marketing

Led by management consultant Dr Rachel Smart who originally trained as a designer at Loughborough College of Art and Middlesex University before completing an MBA at Durham. She now works with fashion designers as well as the professional bodies that support them.

Wednesday 4 Nov 2pm - 4pm Brand and Design For Your Business

Led by Jon Barraclough, who in the 1980s was Senior Graphic Designer at Design Intelligence in London. The company documented major international fashion shows and published fashion forecasting guides for designers and retailers such as Levi's Europe, Next, Top Man and Marks and Spencer plc.

Thursday 5 Nov 10.30am- 12noon Fashion and Music – Increasing Interdependence

Photographer and art director Liz Harry will discuss how a symbiotic relationship between popular music and fashion has developed. Liz has worked with The Zutons and The Arctic Monkeys and amongst her latest campaigns were bands Theoretical Girl and All-American Rejects.

Thursday 5 Nov 1pm – 5pm Brand Image – Getting It Right

One-to-one bookable sessions with Clare Rogerson who worked as Account Manager at Issa Communications looking after national and international brands including Bodyamr, Havanianas and Katerina Psoma. Clare specialised in small brands, advising on brand strategies, working with designers to attain spaces to show at Fashion Week and introducing them to retailers such as Browns, Bendels, Bergdorfs, Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges, Harrods etc.

Friday 6 Nov 10.30am – finish Live Fashion Photo Shoot

With photography by Bruce Smith, styling by Benna Harry, hair by Alfie Booth from Andrew Collinge Salon and make-up by a MAC trained artist. A unique opportunity to sit in, watch, question and learn from the professionals on a live shoot.

Book for £28 a day or £100 for the week contact Julie Colligan on 0151 709 1566
or via email at

The Finishing School is part of the Liverpool Design Festival and is run by industry support body Design Initiative with the support of the City of Liverpool and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.



  1. Thanks so much for posting about this Lauren! I'm definitely going to try to go to as many of the talks as possible :) xx

  2. It looks so good doesn't it! I'd defo go to the talk with Joanne from my-wardrobe, the fashion marketing one, and the talk with Justine from cricket! hope you're enjoying uni! xx


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