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Jono
« Koralena is a highly knowledgable, kind & patient teacher. I would... More »
J
Jono
« Koralena is a highly knowledgable, kind & patient teacher. I would most certainly recommend her »
£60/h
1st lesson free!
Tutor profile verified
Response Time 2h
Lessons offered by Koralena
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Fashion Design
  • Sewing
  • Sewing machinery
  • Fabric Printing
  • Patchwork
  • Handbag design
Levels
  • All Levels

Develop a unique fashion design vision with Central Saint Martins alumna. I offer portfolio critiquing, pattern cutting, sewing lessons, textile development strategies & advice.

Methodology

Firstly I offer a free initial video consultation to define your individual requirements so I can tailor the sessions specifically to you. Previous work/a portfolio is great to see, if you’re a beginner we can discuss what you’d like to learn and achieve. Whilst getting to know one another I will also provide some resources for us to discuss so I can see how your brain interprets 3D relationships.
Following this, I will create a plan of action for us to follow to help you achieve your goal.
I am very honest with my approach, and will help you turn your weaknesses into strengths, as well as encouraging you to develop your own unique design style, brand & process (and the confidence to execute!). I will encourage you to think outside the box & realise potential routes to your goal you hadn’t previously considered.

I can help with:
• Creating a vision and portfolio that demonstrates your designer DNA.
• Creating a portfolio for application to a Fashion Degree.
• Help collecting the right ingredients & contacts to start a fashion label.
• Developing original textiles.
• How to create a pattern, and how to grade it.
• How to use a sewing machine, and how to sew different types of seams, collars, cuffs, pockets, hems, sleeves, waistbands, trousers & fastenings.

I provide 24 hour support.
Any questions you have about working in the industry or studying a Fashion degree I am more than happy to help with.

Experience

I am a Central Saint Martins Graduate holding both a BA in Fashion Print and a Foundation Degree. I was taught by Elisa Palomino (John Galliano’s right hand when he was at Dior), Natalie Gibson (MBE), Esme Young (of the Great British Sewing Bee) & David Kappo (quite possibly the best tutor ever!).
I have 12 years experience in the fashion industry having worked for brands such as Celine, Loewe, Xander Zhou, Grayson Perry, Mimi Wade, Ashley Williams and Gucci. My speciality is designing one-of-a-kind, unique designs & textiles through a distinguished design vision. I have previously tutored students to gain entry onto the Central Saint Martins Fashion BA, as well as critiquing portfolios to industry standard.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £15
Rate for online lessons : £60/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £275
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £500

Details

My specified travel costs are within London only. I am more than happy to travel further afield however it will incur a higher charge.

Lessons offered by Koralena
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Fashion Design
  • Sewing
  • Sewing machinery
  • Fabric Printing
  • Patchwork
  • Handbag design
Levels
  • All Levels

Koralena 's CV

CELINE
Designer & Studio Assistant
December 2015 - May 2016
- Organised & fitted models.
- Developed creative textiles with embroidery from rough ideas.
- Mood boards.
- Stitched finishings onto final garments.
- Toiling.
- Studio preparations.

ED MARLER
Assistant
September 2014 - September 2015
- Interpreted designer’s sketches into patterns.
- Developed blocks from vintage garments without deconstruction.
- Translated alterations onto patterns following fittings (including dart pleats).
- Sourced specific fabrics across London.
- Material development: Realisation of new textiles from research & drawings.
- Backstage preparations, dressing models.
(concealed information)

LOVERBOY & SHOWstudio
June 2014 - August 2014
Assistant for film.

MIMI WADE
Material Development
May 2014 - June 2014
- Transferred & edited rough designs for silk screen printing.
- Cut Saga Furs mink skins & developed into tassels.
- Hand stitched finishings onto final garments.

GRAYSON PERRY
Commissioned Piece
April 2014 - May 2014
- Personalised research & character distillation.
- Collection of designs & embellishment based fabric development according to Grayson’s preferences.
- Creative solutions to all design problems posed.
- Bespoke, made to measure patterns.
- Fittings & alterations on Grayson.

LOEWE
Designer
January 2014 - April 2014
- Personal research developed into a collection.
- Extensive fabric sample development in leather.
- Directed lookbook photoshoot with Louisa Ballou, Alex Kessler & Justin Gong.

GUCCI
Capsule Collection
October 2013 - December 2013
- Draping & studio shoots as research.
- Research trip to Italy.
- Silk screen prints & embellishment.
- Developed collection with team of 5 others.
- Presentation of 6 look capsule collection.

VOGUE
Stylist
October 2013

JAMES THESEUS BUCK
Assistant
May 2013 - August 2013

- Assisted during fittings.
- Sourced fabrics & developed finishings for final garments.
- Creative development of new textile techniques.
- Extensive embroidery & embellishment experience.
(concealed information)

TOPSHOP
Commercial Assistant
September 2012
Collaboration with Charlie & Joe and Karen Langley.

ASHLEY WILLIAMS
Pattern Cutter
July 2012 - August 2012
- Edited patterns after fittings.
- Graded patterns for production.
- Experience cutting printed, striped & on the bias.
- Draping on the stand.
- Research of new shapes & tailoring according to loose brief.

7 reviews on Koralena
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.

7 recommendations

J
Jono

Koralena is a highly knowledgable, kind & patient teacher. I would most certainly recommend her

F
Freddie

Since Koral started helping me I can honestly say I have advanced in only 3 weeks what I haven’t managed to do in 3 years. She truly understood my creative side and pushed me to explore and deliver exactly what I’ve been dreaming of for years. I cant wait to see how far I go with korals guidance and advise. Stay tuned

T
Tansy

Koralena is the best tutor; she is the most creative and stylish person, as well as being helpful. I could not have finished my fashion design degree without her! She’s inspirational! She always gave me encouragement with my creativity and had so much knowledge on pattern cutting, which I struggled with.

R
Rhoda

Koralena is an expert in fashion. She's full of original and sustainable ideas with great interpersonal skills for collaborative or individual project.

R
Rebecca

I’ve known koralena for a few years now. She’s highly creative and very supportive of helping others reach their creative goals. She’s kind, patient and encouraging and will help achieve the highest potential In each student.

W
Will

Koralena is fantastic. Not only is she an incredibly trustworthy and conscientious tutor. She is kind, thoughtful, patient with beginners and inspirational with students with more experience and a higher range of skills. She has worked and learnt with the best in her industry and communicates her ideas so clearly and precisely it is impossible not to learn quickly. She is also lots of fun and immensely creative to be around and learn from. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

A
Arianna

I went to Koral as I needed help developing my Design portfolio whilst applying for university.
Within an hour Koral helped me de clutter my portfolio and bring out my ideas in a cohesive and unique way.

I have an interview online (due to covid) for my first choice fashion school, I believe this is largely due to Koral’s help.

She is also a super talented seamstress and gave me great advice on my sewing technique. I have another session with her next week to gain a little bit of advice and prep me for my Interview.

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