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Student Stories: Maike Wölfle and Introduction to Fashion Design

Work and drawing designs pinned to wall.

Student Stories: Maike Wölfle and Introduction to Fashion Design

Written by Hamish Chohan
Published date 17 June 2020

Have you ever wanted to start a career in fashion design but don’t know where to start? In addition to revisiting “How to Become a Fashion Designer: Steps to Success”, here’s a wonderful throwback to a 2018 interview to get you inspired! In today’s Student Stories we dip into Maike Wölfle’s fashion design Summer School experience whilst studying upon Ian Kettle’s incredible Introduction to Fashion Design short course. Recently transitioned to Introduction to Fashion Design - Full Course (Online Short Course), here’s why Ian’s two week course is perfect for you!

“What I think this course has helped me do most is to show me how to develop my creative identity and stay true to my work and style. It has taught me to appreciate what I am good at and find the weaker areas where I can develop to get the best results in my work.”

Where are you from and what do you do?

I'm from a small village near Heidelberg in the southwest of Germany. I am a Fashion Design student studying in Germany.

What short course did you study on and why did you choose it?

I picked Introduction to Fashion Design - Full Course. In Germany, where I study, my course is very technical and industrial based; I chose this Central Saint Martins course to get a more creative view into building a collection.

What did you enjoy most about your short course?

The vibrant and inspiring atmosphere of learning at Central Saint Martins, the different people who choose to study there and the ideas being shared.

How has this short course benefited your career and personal development?

Sometimes when you are at a point of being completely stuck you must search for a new way to approach your work. What I think this course has helped me do most is to show me how to develop my creative identity and stay true to my work and style. It has taught me to appreciate what I am good at and find the weaker areas where I can develop to get the best results in my work.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at Central Saint Martins?

Go for it, give it a try. Don’t go into a course with a fixed idea, you will only get frustrated, open yourself to the new ideas and methods taught.

What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist, in any discipline?

Stay true to yourself. Find the strength in your own work and don't let anybody change it. Give the best you can and be happy with your end result - appreciate that nobody’s work is perfect to them.

What three words best describe your short course experience at Central Saint Martins?  

Explore. Develop. Enjoy!

We have a wide range of courses you could take to begin your journey as a fashion designer. If you want to develop your skills, check out our range of online fashion courses. Ian Kettle's Introduction to Fashion Design - Full Course (Online Short Course) runs for two weeks and spaces are available to book onto right now.

It’s also never too early to start dreaming about becoming a fashion designer. Are you under 18 but want to start your creative journey? Discover our fashion courses for teens and hear from our teenager students in “It's never too early to start a career in fashion”.

Work and drawing designs pinned to wall.
Work and drawing designs pinned to wall. - Credit: Maike Wölfle

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