Coco Fennell, 2001 Leaver

Job Title: Dress Designer

What was our favourite subject at Queen’s Gate and why?

I always really loved the Art Room. The space and the teachers were great. I remember the projects we were given were always really fun and engaging.

What is your fondest memory of Queen’s Gate?

Undoubtedly, it’s the really great friends I made at Queen’s Gate. I am still in touch with them now.

Were you always arty and creative?

I think so. I wasn’t great academically but would always focus when it came to my love of Music, Art and Drama.

What do you think Queen’s Gate’s unique selling point is?

The teachers were great and they encouraged me to work hard and be a success. I chose not to go to university, instead completing a graphic design course London and from there I was the Art Director of a magazine and my next step was to set up my label, which is what I am working on now.

Do you have any advice for those thinking of a career in fashion?

I think working for someone else for a few years is important as it enables you to learn the ropes. I didn’t do that and it meant that at first, I didn’t know too much about the industry! I also think with the internet you can start up a fashion company with low costs which makes a huge difference. Not having to spend lots of money on shop rentals etc. means anyone can do it so I suggest starting a small online business and growing over time.

Professionally, what would you like to be doing in 5 and 10 years?

I would like to still be working for myself and expanding my brand globally!