Nov. 15, 2020

Adaptive Clothing and Hidden Disabilities with Victoria Jenkins

Adaptive Clothing and Hidden Disabilities with Victoria Jenkins

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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Victoria Jenkins

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...