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Congratulations @TENFashion What an amazing show! Best of luck for your #fashion future :)

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Do you have your ticket for tomorrow's fashion show yet?

My story Danielle Martinali
Fashion Design BA (Hons)

Danielle Martinali

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Fashion Design BA (Hons)

My name is Danielle Martinali and I live in Shoebury. I am 22, studying Fashion Design BA (Hons) at South Essex College and this is my story.

I began at South Essex College straight from school and have always studied fashion design. I chose the College because it is close to home. Being at South Essex College has taught me many skills to use in the future. From pattern cutting to draping to Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, how to research and find the right fabrics for designs and how to design correctly, using a range of new different software (Gerber). I learnt how to use machinery correctly and how to sew to a high quality standard. These are things I will always have and remember for many years ahead.

Best of all is being able to have a one-to-one relationship with the staff. I built up good relationships and felt comfortable with them all. We now have a really strong bond. I hope we will always stay in contact and I don't think I could have got through the years without them and their support.

Hopefully I will graduate with a first class Honours degree. During my degree I did all things ‘fashion’ to get myself noticed and my graduate exhibition will be held at FreeRange in Brick Lane, London. I have successfully landed a job at a company called Australia Luxe Collective in London as an assistant designer having applied online through the Creative Arts. A week after I graduate I will start work on developing a new women’s outerwear clothing line to compliment the existing footwear ranges. I will be responsible for research, design and pattern cutting for first samples amongst other things (

Because I built up such good relationships with my tutors I now feel confident about my future and I think that doing further and higher education gets you in more doors and to enables you to proceed to a better life for yourself. I would recommend South Essex College because you get a lot of one-to-one tuition which isn’t available at most universities as they are overfilled. I am proud that I have managed to get myself into the industry and my ambition is to finally have my own brand designing outerwear.

At South Essex College I gained a lot of confidence and the ambition to push myself to be the best I can be.

My story Dan Bowyers
Access to Higher Education (Health Professions) Level 3 Diploma

Dan Bowyers
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Hello I’m Dan, I’m 31, I’m studying Access to Health Professions and this is my story.

I started at the College in September 2014 with ambition of becoming a mental health nurse. I want to help people with drug addictions and alcohol abuse. What inspired me was that I am a recovering alcoholic myself. I have been battling with alcohol for ten years and have now been sober for four years.

On my mission to scout out colleges, I found South Essex College on the website and it seemed like the one for me. It looked large and modern. I didn’t know before about Access courses and when I saw that you didn’t need any previous qualifications I knew it was the place for me and that I could be in university within a year.

I came along to the open day, felt straight at home and loved it, which I have done ever since.

I have had a great experience on the course. The teachers have been great and really helpful. Whenever there is a problem you can always talk to them or email them if it is out of hours. I have also made some really good friends, which is a bonus. It has been really challenging but worth it.

Now my course is coming to an end, I am going to Greenwich University do a three-year course in mental health nursing and then hopefully get a job in the NHS. Eventually my partner and I would like to take our child and work abroad.

I would like to say to anyone who is suffering from an addiction and is maybe a bit worried about coming back into education that it can be done. I am living proof of that. I have been through alot in my life and I never pictured myself here four years ago. I think that if you have the determination and the passion you can get anywhere in life.

2 weeks 6 days ago

A fantastic night, congratulations to all the winners!

3 days 3 hours ago

Block colours and bold shapes @tenfashion show #Southend

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Stunning prints on show @tenfashion end of year show #fashion

My story Sam Ross
Fashion, Communication and Marketing FdA

Sam Ross

Hello my name is Sam Ross, I am 21, I studied Fashion Promotion at South Essex College from 2010-2012 and this is my story.

I left South Essex College with a distinction star.

South Essex College gave me the level of knowledge and experience to set a foundation for my chosen career path. My studies at the College allowed me to get into Central Saint Martins and has changed my life beyond imagination. My qualification has given me access to the top end of the fashion world. Over the last couple of years I have been offered the chance to acquire a wide range of skills and have had the chance to work with world-renown names in fashion. I am currently on a year out from Central Saint Martins and I am working for Mario Testino.

Mario Testino OBE is a Peruvian fashion photographer. His work has been featured in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. In 1997 he was chosen by Princess Diana to photograph her for Vanity Fair.

I am based in London and assist with the day-to-day running of the company. I am also in the process of building an online brand of clothing. I will return to complete my dissertation at Central Saint Martins later this year.

South Essex College was the start of this journey and I would say that it is what you put in really that matters. Passion and commitment are the things you need.