Ciara Returned to College to Study Fashion Buying
Business of Fashion graduate
Business of Fashion
Ciara began her journey at Portobello Institute with a lot of industry experience and a related degree in fashion, holding a BA (hons) degree in Fashion Design, and having worked in the fashion industry across a number of creative roles such as a designer for high street stores, tailoring and garment production.
Ciara admits that it can be a hard industry to get a steady job and has always been interested in the business side and felt it was something she could combine with her other skills in fashion and so enrolled on the fulltime fashion buying and merchandising course at Portobello Institute.
“I learned so many new things and I enjoyed college much more this time around because I was able to apply the experience I already had when I was learning something new.”
Ciara found the college experience and support to be great where the tutors were always willing to help and provide good insights into new things. She also found the course content to be current with a strong connection between modules.
“The digital marketing module and utilising social media was especially relevant and are essential to any business these days.”
Ciara really enjoyed the organised buying trip to Pure in London, the photoshoot for fashion styling and helping out with the Green light window installation in Brown Thomas as part of VM, which were all part of the learning experience at Portobello Institute.
Her absolute favourite part of the year was being project manager for the student’s highly success event FB43. It was a showcase of new Irish designers that was hosted in the college and organised completely by the students. “We even had our own pop up pre loved shop where the proceeds raised went to charity”.
Ciara undertook her internship at Pamela Scott and plans to keep working hard and get a job as a buyer and continue her career in fashion.
We want to take this opportunity to wish Ciara all the very best in her exciting future in fashion.
Ciara shown on left hand side of photo alongside one of our designers who showcased at recent fashion event.