On Friday I handed in my FMP (Final Major Project) which means that after four years of university with a placement year I am officially no longer a student! It still feels a bit weird not spending all of my time in the library or on Photoshop and InDesign, but I’m already starting to make plans for my next steps post graduation and it’ll be interesting to see what the next chapter of my life has in store for me.
A FMP is not an understatement in any way. This project has been a major part of my life for the past six months and has been the most challenging, rewarding, crazy and demanding experience, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. This project started in the beginnings stages in October, where myself along with three other students had the opportunity to participate in a live project to organise an event. Now, I have no previous experience in working behind-the-scenes at events and I can’t emphasise enough how different each day is and how many different hats you wear when organising a large-scale event where you can find yourself doing admin and social media for one part of the day and then the next thing you’re running to a fabric store to buy sparkly fabric to create masks for a collection.
Our event was called VISION Back To The Future, and if you follow me on any social media you would have seen me post a few times about it, and was held in the evening of Tuesday 28th March exploring what life would be like in the future. The event focused on four keys areas of sustainability, technology, gender and trends in the form of a fashion conference which was then followed by a fashion show. It was really interesting researching and contacting different people working in industry and after emailing people for three months to finally meet them and listen to their keynote speeches and see their fashion collections brought to life.
This blog post won’t be focusing on the evening of the event itself but more of a glimpse into all the planning and preparation that went into producing it. The organisation of the event had a lot of creative aspects in the areas of branding and marketing the event – one of my favourite aspects overall and relatable to my career aspirations. As a team we built the branding of the event from the ground up, from logos/colour palettes/typography to posters and promotional materials to social media channels which were all integral parts of communicating the idea of the event.
Creating a concept and bringing it to life was one of my favourite parts of the event, seeing ideas that had been brainstormed in team meetings and then making a decision about which direction to take the event in was the type of responsibility that brand managers and event managers carry everyday and it was cool to undertake a similar job role. Another one of my favourite parts of the event was the team I was working with; having a good team can make or break a project and I was fortunate enough to be put with hard-working and inspiring people where we celebrated each other’s achievements
usually with cake and lifted each other up during difficult periods of organising the event that has now made us close friends which wouldn’t have happened without the live project.
If you’ve ever worked in events before, you know that things can easily go wrong and you have to be quick to resolve issues whilst simultaneously keeping a level head. We had designers drop out from the fashion show which we solved by ‘creating’ our own collection that was then used to be the finale for the show with models wearing silver masks (inspired by Gucci A/W 17) with large cards filled with inspirational messages about the future. We will lucky enough to not experience any huge problems in planning the event but this was down to how detail-orientated we were and making sure all areas were as covered as they could be with contingency plans organised just in case disaster struck.
When I think back to the start of my final year, let alone the FMP, I never would have thought how many different experiences I’ve been able to have, all the great and inspiring people I’ve met and been able to work with and all the skills I’ve gained from it. University has been a challenging, rewarding, crazy and demanding part of my life and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next in store for myself.
“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming” – David Bowie
If you want to check out more about the event itself please click the below!
Parting thoughts: Special thanks to my family and friends who have supported and encouraged me over the last four years to not give up on my goals, you’ve been the best and I couldn’t have done it without you!