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Fashion Talks: Emily Tatford discusses the power of imperfections

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Written by
Josh De Souza Crook
Published date
11 October 2016

The Fashion Business School Summit, an interactive exhibition and series of events to showcase the pioneering Fashion Business School, opens on Wednesday 12 October.

As part of the event selected BA, MA and MBA (Fashion) students and graduates will be presenting talks on topics pertinent to their study and the wider fashion business.  The Fashion Talks will be live streamed on Wednesday 12 October at 6.15pm.

We will be speaking to some of the students involved over the next few days. Next up is BSc (Hons) Fashion Management graduate Emily Tatford, whose talk is titled, This isn’t perfect, and that’s okay.

Emily Tatford

Fashion Talks speaker Emily Tatford

Tell us about your talk…

Without giving you the cliché spiel, ‘My biggest flaw is being a perfectionist,’ I have always been exactly that.
This trait helped me achieve great results throughout my academic life so far, it has also been one of the biggest burdens of my life – overshadowing everything I have ever achieved. I can always do better! I went on a journey throughout university, embracing the power of imperfections and learning – a ‘fail fast and learn faster’ mentality that I wished I had learnt sooner. My talk is sharing some of the lessons that I learnt first hand and discussing the power of simply changing your mind-set.

What are your future plans?

Before graduating from LCF, I was blessed with the opportunity to start my career at Selfridges. My plan is to grow and learn as much as possible within all opportunities open to me. I’m already on the path of learning something new every day. At this stage I just want to keep growing!

How do you think your course and LCF will help you achieve your plans? 

It already has! I have gained so many contacts during my time at LCF and feel that I left my course ready for the fashion industry. LCF have also supported me since the day that I graduated.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course?

Studying BSc (Hons) Fashion Management is a great way to cover all aspects of the business of fashion. We covered so many elements, from buying to finance, and everything in between. This course equips you for a wide view of how companies work, which is an invaluable asset when it comes to the diverse spectrum of the fashion industry. If I was to give any particular advice, it would be to come to LCF knowing that this is a pathway to a career – not just a usual university experience. LCF has so much to offer, but it is you who decides to take these opportunities, which is the beauty of the UAL experience. Enjoy it – it will be one of the most challenging and exciting experiences you will ever have, I promise.

In five words please tell us what Fashion Business means to you…

Creativity and business in fusion.