Meet Zach Hamilton, who studied Fashion Communication Study Abroad at London College of Fashion. Zach studies Public Relations at Iowa State University and tells us about how studying at LCF has developed his creative practice.
My portfolio after London is so much more professional than I could have dreamed. I knew I would be able to market myself better after studying there, however I am blown away by the quality of my work after learning from people like Lynsey Fox and Allison Loewe
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Zach Hamilton, I am a student from the United States. I currently attend Iowa State University for Public Relations and a minor in Fashion Design. I grew up in a small farming state and actually raised sheep myself. Somehow along the way I became interested in fashion and went off to school for it. I am passionate about being a voice for queer people and becoming a professional in fashion or celebrity public relations
What made you choose the course at LCF?
Back in the States, I am majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Fashion Design. My career goal is to work in Fashion Public Relations, and my university in the States doesn’t offer any courses that specifically talk about communication in fashion. I had spoken with friends who mentioned the things they learned while at LCF and knew it was where I could grow my skills and have a great portfolio ready for interviews.
What have you most enjoyed about your time here?
I really enjoyed the work I got to create! It was so inspiring getting to work with industry professionals to learn how I can create things that matter to me but also can be great pieces of work. I also enjoyed getting to explore the wonderful city that is London.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying abroad?
Tell us more about what you created while you were here?
My favourite creation is my magazine, ‘glimmer’, which I created as a part of my Creative Direction course. I was so excited to have the freedom to write and create imagery that I was passionate about. I poured so much of myself into the zine and was able to interview unique and successful individuals. I couldn’t be happier to have gotten to express myself and the love I have for queer people. I will be continuing to create new issues of glimmer back in the States.
What 3 words best describe your study abroad experience?
Eccentric, Fascinating, Creative
The program is fantastic and you will learn that you are capable of creating incredible work.
How has this experience benefitted your career and personal development?
My portfolio after London is so much more professional than I could have dreamed. I knew I would be able to market myself better after studying there, however I am blown away by the quality of my work after learning from people like Lynsey Fox and Allison Loewe. They have made it to where I am confident I can be successful in a professional setting.
I hadn’t ever experienced London and was excited to venture into the eccentric fashion choices and live in an actual city. It also helps that Londoners have a great transportation system and mostly speak English.