Adaptive Clothing and Hidden Disabilities with Victoria Jenkins
Today we’re sharing an important discussion about hidden disabilities with our guest Victoria Jenkins. She is a designer, garment technologist, and the creative director and founder of Unhidden Clothing. Martyn talks with her about the challenges of living with a disability that is not visually obvious as well as her work designing and altering clothing to make them suitable and comfortable for people with disabilities.
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My name is Victoria. I’ve had a lifelong love for fashion and as soon as circumstances allowed I threw myself into learning as much as I could.
This formally started when I went to study Fashion Design at Istituto Marangoni and graduated with a first in 2008.
I immediately interned with Inbar Spector for 7 months and through 2 shows; 7 days a week on occasion and from 8am until... well, 8am the next day around show time.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Add to this a couple of weeks working on props for the Costume department for Russel Crowes’ Robin Hood film, and working twice on the runway samples for Antonio Berardi.
I moved on to pattern cutting with Goddiva fashion, and as they grew the role changed and I fell in to 'Garment Teching'.
Ever on the hunt for more, I tracked down a position at Just Jamie (a high street clothing supplier) specifically as a garment technologist and worked on a variety of accounts like Long Tall Sally, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Primark.
Ever hungry for more opportunities to make a difference within fashion I found myself at John Kaldor - another high street clothing supplier - and worked predominantly on their account with Phase Eight. Honestly, I still miss their fit sessions as there are some really gorgeous clothing there and some very talented people.
Now comes the moment I went 'brand' and worked as a garment technologist on tailoring and woven at Jack Wills for both mens and women's wear. I thoroughly enjoyed working there; I still miss it... However, I got head hunted out of there by Allsaints and that felt amazing as well as very full circle - their head office was only around the corner from the Istituto Marangoni Campus!
I worked on the menswear range at Jack Wills but it was relatively short lived as I then got offered a senior garment tech role at Victoria Beckham, working again on tailoring. I am still deeply appreciative of my time there. The construction was incredible and the fabrics were just... Next level.
In my independent capacity, I have worked with Sweaty Betty, Reiss, Me + Em and a huge number of startups who have been the inspiration for this course - coming from all walks of life they haven’t often studied garment construction in any way.
I have a friendly and inclusive approach for people of all knowledge levels. You’ll feel well supported. It also helps that I bring years of experience working to produce fashion...