Andrea Polakova

“Fabrics and scissors were an obsession of mine since an early age, creating my own clothes as a teenager which led me to study Fashion in my native country in Slovakia. I arrived in London at the age of 20 with the dream of wanting to study further and graduated from London College of Fashion with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and Marketing. I gained experience joining a few high-end luxury womenswear labels and had the privilege to work backstage during London and New York Fashion Weeks. I spent a valuable amount of time on the shop floor as a one-to-one personal style advisor learning directly what clients desire to wear which is invaluable. My latest experience involved overseeing made-to-measure produced garments based on the traditional ‘haute-couture’ technique where the garment is an immense labour of love between the design and its tailor. It is the combination of beautiful fabrics, craftsmanship and colours and the image of a powerful woman at its centre that drew me to fashion.”