It is often a false preconception that coming from Hull makes things slightly more difficult, opportunity wise, to get into the fashion industry. This has always angered me.
Granted, Hull is not the trendiest of fashion hotspots about, but as I hope ThisisUll's fashion pages are proving, there is certainly a lot more out there than meets the eye.
So in an eager hope to promote the idea of entering the fashion industry to Hull's most ambitious young minds I called upon my fellow budding fashionista friend, Cherona Blacksell.
At twenty years old, Cherona is currently in her second year studying for a BA (hons) degree in fashion design, at the University of Central England in Birmingham. I caught up with her for a drink (or three) in our local to try and gain a bit of an insight into the life of an up and coming fashion designer.
'I always knew I wasn't suited to a standard 9 till 5 job, my attention span is way to short,' she replies when quizzed on her desire for designer stardom. 'Like most girls I have a love for clothes, which I knew went deeper than just shopping in Topshop on a Saturday. I loved the idea of designing my own clothes and making things how I wanted them and then decided that maybe I could'.
As Cherona goes on to reminisce over how she would mix and match clothes from her dressing up box when she was younger, it is pretty clear to see her great passion for clothes.
After completing her GCSEs at Wolfreton School, Kirkella, Cherona had the arduous task of having to convince her parents that she was truly serious about pursuing a career in fashion design.
'My parents wanted me to stay at school and take my A Levels but when they realised I was serious about fashion and it wasn't just a passing faze of my life - like the recorder or the Spice Girls, they were behind me 100%'.
So with a fraction of the hard work under her belt, she chose to go to Hull College for 2 years to do a BTEC in fashion and clothing. She is quick to mention that GCSE subjects don't have much bearing when it comes to the course. 'Don't worry if you have no experience in sewing,' she explains, 'because until I started college neither did I.
I do think you need artistic skills, but most people think that you needed to have studied textiles and art at GCSE. I took neither subject.' Although there are numerous ways to go about getting a qualification in fashion, for example, a foundation course, Cherona does regard the BTEC diploma highly. 'We did quite a lot of construction on the course, and although my skills were fairly basic, some people had very little if not any experience in this area. I think the BTEC gave me a really strong foundation before moving onto university.'
Throughout her time at Hull College, Cherona was able to develop her skills to a good enough level to secure a place at University in Birmingham. So why Birmingham? 'I chose to study in Birmingham because going to University is such a big part of your life that it gives you a perfect opportunity to branch away from home and gain independence. A little daunting, as I could barely make toast before I left home!' I laugh as I remind her of the numerous times she has even managed to mess up pasta and stir-in sauce.
But true to her determined and outgoing personality, she has managed to fend for herself at University for almost two years, while still enjoying all the student antics that go along with it.
Unlike most students, Cherona still remains positive about her Uni Work.
Fashion - Living With... Large Thighs By Jo Allison
As summer shines upon us, I breathe a sigh, and not one of relief; tights are officially over.
For another season I must succumb the general public to my wobbling white flesh, nylon
coverings are just far too warm.
As a baby, I was evidently very well fed, as they say breast is best, and as a result,
I grew alarmingly large as a child. Looking back at old primary school
Fashion - Boys Catch The Beauty Bug By Bekki Stephenson
Gone are the days when men got home from work, gave themselves a quick dousing with
soap and water only to appear in the local five minutes later.
Today, as the male population thrust themselves into the 21st century a seemingly
more rigorous hygiene routine is in place.
It is not just systematic personal hygiene that is top priority in the noughties
Fashion - Hulls Next Top Model? Well, Perhaps Not ... By Jo Allison
As an aspiring fashion journalist I was wiggling around with excitement when my friend Lucy asked me to doing some modelling for a fashion designer friend of hers..I just wasn't entirely prepared for the whole model experience.
Two o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon and I'm nervously waiting at Beverley bus station for my friend to arrive. Sunglasses on, little wheelie suitcase in hand.
Fashion - Punk; Thirty Years On By Bekki Stephenson
Thirty years ago, gig tickets cost 50p, a pint of beer 15p and 20 cigarettes 30p.
There were only three television channels, all of which shut down at midnight and
the greatest fashion accessories were 4-inch, break-your-neck platforms.
Indeed, in 1976 the world of iPods, satellite navigation, X boxes, and video phones
seemed almost impossible. Perhaps not half
Fashion - A Voyage of Vintage Discovery In Hull By Jo Allison
The world's fashion capitals have never to my knowledge once included the lovely
English northern city of Hull, but perhaps this is about to change.
Hull, not notorious for its fashion sense (unless you are a fan of extensive
gold jewellery, tracksuits with the obligatory tucked in socks or small scraps
of brightly coloured lycra masquerading as tops) has always had a underground
Fashion - A Bohemian Revolution By Jo Allison Photographs by Cilla, Fashion Show Gallery at Lattitude 27th February 2006 by Paul Broadbent
A little shop of heaven, just down Newland Ave.
Jo had been traipsing around Hull for three hours and rummaged through just about every
clothing rail in Hull.
She had a big night out coming up that weekend and needed that elusive fashionista party dress.
The only problem was she really couldn't find a thing.
She dreamed of looking like a model,
Fashion - Plump Those 'Lovely Lady Lumps!' By Jo Allison
Just when you thought you were going to have to shell out thousands and go under the knife to get that bouncy JLo bottom...
Hallelujah for the "Falke Foam Buttocks!" However, if padded briefs seem a bit too
excessive; take a look at six of the gentler ways to get that "just had surgery look".
No pain, no gain, or so the saying goes. For decades women have been living up to
Fashion - If You Haven't Got it, Flaunt It By Jo Allison
David Bailey's most recent project, Democracy, takes a frank, naked view of the real human body. Just what we need in our aesthetically obsessed society.
For too long now skinny has been beautiful, airbrushing a prerequisite.
The fashion world is perhaps one of the worst culprits for warping our perception
of the human body, but the latest offering from
Fashion - Trendy Traditionalists By Jo Allison
Lost your patriotic sense of what it means to be British? Do not despair.
As Gordon Brown urges us to celebrate Britain, Jo Allison re-introduces us to our classically cool English Heritage, from traditional tea to quaint seaside holidays.
Queuing is undoubtedly an extremely English, if somewhat boring occurrence.
However, it can be rather enlightening.
While queuing in the Post Office, I
Fashion - Platform News By Bekki Stephenson
From disco-inspired, glittering soles to five-inch wooden heels, platform shoes are destined to get you noticed.
It is no surprise then that they were all over the catwalk this season.
From post-war inspired cork soles to seventies inspired disco-classics, the runway was flooded with
platform shoes this season. After so many seasons of flowing, dainty designs a
shift towards a style less
Fashion - Fur Goodness Sake By Bekki Stephenson
Supermodel Elle McPherson has backed out of a £1 million contract with luxury
fur company Blackglama over fears that she will be targeted by anti-fur extremists.
But should we really ban fur? Or are we being manipulated by anti-fur movements?
I like fur. I don't wear it very often, partly due to the unforgiving looks of
those from the I'd rather go nakedRead more...
Fashion - Sharon's Fashion Page
Yeah it's Sharon here, Sharon Saxby in fact, though with my special interest in jewellery
I suppose I should be called Sharon Stone.
That was a joke.
Anyway. Here I am with my new exciting fashion page, featuring all the latest
trends from our estate. I can guarantee you'll find something here that you wouldn't
Fashion - Revolver: When Mod meets Modification By Daniel Laney
The new vintage clothing shop set to make a big impact in Hull city centre.
Trinity Market, Hull (Opposite Trinity Church. Mon - Sat 9am-5pm)
When the terms Retro or Vintage are linked with clothes, thoughts of over priced charity shop
fabrics and the smell of musty damp cupboards rapidly come to mind.
Fashion - Looking Good for a Makeover at Les Ciseaux
Les Ciseaux Salon is jointly owned and run by sisters Karen Grant and Cheryl Boulton, aided by Jeannie. Karen is a stylist with 19 years experience in the business and it was her job to make my hair look gorgeous! Cheryl, the salons resident beauty therapist was going to do her best with my face!
Some of Hulls local young talent showed what they were made of last Monday (4th August) in a bright and vibrant summertime bonanza at the Welly club, Beverley Road.
The late-night fashion show was organised by young designer Holly Cryan, who also featured an original collection made under her own label, 'love from holly'. Also supporting the event were designer Emma Lou and with 2 of his current collections in the show, Phil from Rockerfellas Boutique in the Hepworth Arcade in Hull.