A few years back I was writing for an E-magazine in Bangalore. The work was satisfying and I had lots to write. In the meantime, i also thought of increasing my qualifications so I thought of seeing courses in fashion writing. One was British council and the other was LCF, whose full form is London College of Fashion. The journalism course was a lot better than many schools but yes there are other mediums of pursuing that same education in India with a whole lot of less fees. I wrote about blog and the what it is about. I didnot submit it although I secretly wished that some of my friends would.. Ahh! dreams! Anyway, as it never went to London College of Fashion, I am publishing what the website told me to do. It told me to write a personal statement and also an essay on blogging. I like to make my writing personal.
It is a very informal way of writing and not at all very formal or strict. So, I wrote the two, one is missing but the personal statement I found so I’m pasting it on my blog.
Here, it goes:
“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
― Langston Hughes
I am an enterprising day-dreamer with a penchant for writing. Dreams have defined the way I live, it has helped me realise that what we think is what we become.
I believe, one must read in order to write. Hence, I have unknowingly picked up story books since the age of 8. Apart from fairy tales, my first novel was an abridged version of Black Beauty by Anna Sewell which made me conscious of a part of me that I did not know existed; that is, compassion. I cried when Black Beauty was taken away from his mother and then I sobbed again when he was shivering with cold. I felt a bitter pain realising that I was without my parents too, in a boarding school filled with kids and disciplinarian teachers. I took to writing as a child, penning poems about my pet dog and other things during study-time. I dreamed of impossible ventures and heroic tales which centred on me, it later developed into saving the people and animals from other curses like poverty and cruelty. Today, I dream about creating a better society, human beings and believe in living life to its fullest.
I graduated in Knitwear Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata, India in 2012, but deep down I always knew I was born to express through words. My family has consistently encouraged me to read story books, news papers, and magazines; they believe that the more I read, the more I will be able to express myself.
After a stint as a kids wear designer for a period of three months, I started writing as a freelance fashion content writer for an E-magazine based in India. I soon realized that I needed to learn and acquire better skills to overcome my shortcomings as a fashion writer.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting. – Buddha
Studying Knitwear design at NIFT has developed my understanding of fashion and has made me well aware of all the aspects of working in this field. It has also opened a door for me to walk into journalism which I am very eager to pursue. To apply at the London College of Fashion for an MA in Fashion Journalism has been pondered by me for months and now, I am definite that the institution will be a place where I will be able to fulfil my destiny. As Henry David Thoreau rightly said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” I have consistently tried to learn from other fashion writers and bloggers like Tania Braukamper, Garance Dore, Textbook, Fashionista and Kingdom of Style, and so on.
My objective to study at LCF is bound by my love for writing and a passion for fashion. Creating beautiful sketches and knitted garments have been a part of my four year bachelor’s degree. Now, I want to make my dreams come true, the dream of developing my own journalistic style of writing and applying it in magazines and blogs. I have admired Elle for its understanding of fashion from a rare perspective and its ability to not intimidate the reader. I would like to write for Elle, form my own opinion of trends and work towards giving every woman her due in fashion and style. I have been interested in Fashion Literature and would love to explore all the possibilities that this course has to offer.
I have prepared a research paper for my college assignment, Colloquium of Global Issues in Fashion, where I have written about my chosen subject, ‘Indian Ethnic Wear Inspires Global Fashion and Influences Knitwear’. This is a project which has been conceived by me to gauge the significance of Indian ethnic wear in the world fashion industry and its influence on knitwear. I have focused on primary and secondary data to complete this research and I have been quite successful.
My job as a freelance Fashion writer has included composing articles on Bollywood, fashion and film reviews. I have written over 330 articles for the website, Glam check and hope to continue it further. I have worked as a fashion journalist trainee for a magazine called Klick in which I have interviewed prominent designers of India.
I am pasting a few links of my articles for Glam check your kind perusal.
My ambition in life is to create a website which will enable budding designers to showcase their ideas and designs. Upcoming designers hunt for a platform to exhibit their creative works, my website will help promote their craftsmanship and nurture their ideas to display what they are capable of to the world.
This has been partly conceptualised by my own experience. I have seen my designer friends from college striving to display their beautiful designs to a wider public but do not find a suitable platform. I have seen those talents rupture! Thus, my aim is to promote all those talented designers internationally through my website.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bill Keane
This quote of Bill Keane has deeply inspired me and helped me overcome my fears and apprehensions in life. Inspite of the difficult times that I am enduring, I want to do what I love most; combining my writing skills with fashion. This will be the best way to use my skills. I have been an academic student all my life, but I have also had varied interests such as writing, sketching and music. I love to sketch croquis in my free time and I am presently learning the magic of cooking. I am a voracious reader and an ardent follower of French Fashion Blogger and Illustrator, Garance Dore.
Lastly, I would like to incorporate a beautiful quote that inspired me to fight all odds and apply for the London College of Fashion. “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein