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Akua
« Perfect! The best teacher I have had!! She really breaks things down and pays attention to detail. She’s amazing and I would recommend her to anyone. »
£70/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 4h
Lessons offered by Koralena
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Fashion Design
  • Sewing
  • Sewing machinery
  • Fabric Printing
Levels
  • All Levels

Discover your Designer DNA with Central Saint Martins alumna. I offer portfolio critiquing, pattern cutting, sewing lessons, textile development strategies & advice.

Methodology

I tailor each session especially for you.
Following our initial complimentary 30 minute consultation where we define your individual requirements, I create a plan of action for us to help you achieve your goal. The purpose of this meeting is to also to determine whether we have the right chemistry and will work well together.
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 may provide some resources for us to discuss so I can see how your brain interprets 3D relationships.
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’m helping you with:
• Concept development; Broadening your perspective & exploring your creativity.
• Creating a vision and portfolio that demonstrates your designer DNA.
• Curating a collection, line up, drawing technical drawings and fabric sampling.
• Creating a portfolio for application to a Fashion Degree.
• Collecting the right ingredients & contacts to start a fashion label.
• How to create a story for your brand that is authentic & timeless.
• Improving your drawing & collaging skills.
• Developing original textiles.
• Creating a pattern, and grading it.
• Using a sewing machine, and sewing different types of seams, collars, cuffs, pockets, hems, sleeves, waistbands, trousers & fastenings.
• Organising pattern cutting & seamstresses for toiles, one off garments & limited run lines.
• Designing your own fabric & having it printed.

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.

NEW STUDENTS: I currently have 4 spaces per week available in my capacity.
Message me to discuss availability.

If you require help pattern cutting I recommend a 3 hour + slot.

WORKSHOPS:
RESEARCH
Sourcing eye-catching, cohesive research is essential in providing a strong framework for a collection. In this workshop we’ll look at different research methods, how to make the research personal to your brief, and how to interact with it for use in the collection.
(4 hours, £280, also available as a remote session)

BASIC PATTERN CUTTING
For beginners; I will educate you on the fundamentals of luxury level patterns, the tools you need & how to cut a pattern for a basic t shirt, basic trousers and basic skirt.
(4 hours, £280)

CREATE A PATTERN FOR YOUR OWN DESIGN
With a picture or drawing of your design, I will help you create a draft paper pattern, a toile in calico and a final pattern for your design.
(4-8 hours depending on the complexity of the design).

SEWING
Learn how to use a sewing machine to sew 3 different types of seams, hems, collars, cuffs, sleeves, waistbands & pockets.
(6 hours, £390)

DRAWING
In this workshop we will explore the different techniques & materials you need in order to bring your ideas into reality.
(4 hours, also available as a remote session)

TEXTILES
Using sewing, collaging & beadwork we will create & develop innovative textiles.
No fabric is out of bounds! Be sure to bring your creativity to the table!
(6 hours, £390)

PORTFOLIO
Presentation, Layout, Collaging & Drawing are all integral elements of a strong Portfolio.
For this workshop I will help you improve a current portfolio or create one for the first time.
(4 hours, £280)
(Further sessions may be required depending on your level)

CREATE A STORY FOR YOUR BRAND
What is the glistening detail that defines your brand?
In this mind altering workshop we’ll explore how your brand is special & how to make it appeal to your target audience. We’ll write a brand manifesto and envision how you’ll bring the ideas to fruition.
(4 hours, £280, also available as a remote session)

Book as a group of 4 or more and get 20% discount.

Experience

I am a Central Saint Martins Graduate holding both a BA in Fashion Print and a Foundation Degree.
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 : £25
Rate for online lessons : £70/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £325
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £650

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
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Fashion Design
  • Sewing
  • Sewing machinery
  • Fabric Printing
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.
- Fashion GPS

ED MARLER
Design 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).
- Sourcing fabrics.
- Material development: Realisation of new textiles from research & drawings.
- Backstage preparations, dressing models.

LOVERBOY & SHOWstudio
June 2014 - August 2014

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.

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.

8 reviews on Koralena
  • 5/5

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

Perfect! The best teacher I have had!! She really breaks things down and pays attention to detail. She’s amazing and I would recommend her to anyone.

Koralena 's response

Akua is very passionate and an absolute joy to teach! I’m so grateful to have such a hardworking student. Keep up the good work!

7 recommendations

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Jono

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

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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

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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.

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Rhoda

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

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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.

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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.

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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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