Nicole Dawson

Freelance Fashion Illustrator & Technical Illustrator

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Location:Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/nicoledawson
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Kudos
3.5
2 Skills
$20
Rate/Hr
Profile
A Product Development & Fashion Design professional with diverse experience in Womens, Mens & Children's denim. Along with Womens Sportswear cut & sew knits & wovens at high end fashion forward companies. Highly experienced in design concepts through to end production & all aspects of product development with a strong attention to detail.

Highlighted Achievements
7FAM Womens Sportswear “Sequin Blazer” was featured on “The Rachel Zoe Project” as well as worn by A-List celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson, and Kim Kardashian; also the “Boyfriend Blazer” featured on Katy Perry in Complex Magazine cover. Managed “Special Design” requests from design concept through to production for the following high end retailers: Neiman Marcus, Barneys NY, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Ave, Bloomingdales, Macys, Planet Funk, Scoop & Intermix. Managed 7 For All Mankind Collaborations with Emilio Pucci, Zac Posen, COOP Barneys NY, Azzeline Alaia, Theory & Great China Wall.

Experience
DESIGN ASSOCIATE/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMENS SPORTSWEAR, PRODUCT DEVELOPER FOR ALL SPECIAL STYLE REQUESTS & COLLABORATIONS FOR 7FAM DENIM & SPORTSWEAR (WOMENS/MENS/KIDS), DESIGN ASSISTANT WOMENS DENIM, COSTING ANALYST WOMENS DENIM, 7 FOR ALL MANKIND; VERNON, CA (USA) — FEB 2005 - JUL 2010
DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT & SOURCING
Created inspirational mood boards, colour palettes/stories for each new season in collaboration with head designer. Along with, researched upcoming trends from runway shows, magazines, rare vintage samples & art. Interacted daily with both merchandising & sales teams to ensure a full product assortment is met for each delivery. Create hand & computerised flat sketches for each line development along with colour CADS in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop. Highly proficient in MS word, Windows, Excel & strong communication skills daily with overseas & domestic vendors. Managed 1st submits of lab dip submits, hand looms, knit downs, wash standards, fabric & all print strike offs for approval for 1st protos, salesman samples & final production. Sourced, selected & developed fabrics, prints, trims & washes for each new delivery. Worked closely with graphic design team to pitch colors for print ideas on various fabrications for initial strike offs.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & TECHNICAL
Able to facilitate the every aspect of transition from design concept and first protos to final production ready garments. Collaborative with Design, Merchandising, Sales, and Production teams to ensure fit, & quality are achieved & delivered within brand standards. Assist in all fit sessions & resolve any fit or construction issues in pre-production and production. Translate Design concepts into detailed tech packages with design features, construction details & garment construction. Strong communication skills with both domestic & overseas techn!ical/production team on a daily basis. Prioritised & managed pattern flow from 1st pattern makers to cutters, sewers & laundries.

PRODUCTION FABRIC BUYER, BCBG MAX AZRIA “TO THE MAX” DIVISION; VERNON, CA (USA) — AUG 2004 - JAN 2005
Worked with planning department in accordance with projections to make raw material purchases for both sample & bulk production. Negotiated prices with vendors on fabrics. Followed up with vendors on status of current orders to ensure on time deliveries for all internal or overseas cut dates. Followed up with freight forwarders to manage in transit shipments & worked closely with logistics team to resolve any issues. Checked fabric qualifications against fabric specifications. Resolve any fabric issues on a daily basis. Follow up on all TOP rolls & test submits to ensure on time delivery. Review all lab dip, print strike offs & trim submits for approval from design.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & COSTING ANALYST, MERIDIAN TEXTILES; VERNON, CA (USA) — FEB 2004 - JUL 2004
Worked closely with design team on all fabric developments per customer needs. Cross developed alternative fabrics/sources that met quality & cost requirements. Created & maintained cost sheets for all fabrics for cut & sew knits. Participated in regular visits to fabric mills & dye houses to ensure quality met customers developmental needs. Assisted in fabric testing & dyeing along with maintaining a fabric library.

SALES SUPPORT (STOCK) & RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE, VICTORIA’S SECRET; LOS ANGELES, CA (USA) & ROSEVILLE, MINNESOTA — SEPT. 02-JAN. 04 & OCT. 98-MAR 02
Responsible for receiving/processing all stock from shipments including: unpacking, tagging, hanging, steaming & organising overflow stock in stockroom. Replenished sales floor with merchandise as needed. Assisted in merchandising, marketing & changes with floor sets.

EDUCATION
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA (USA) — studied Merchandise Product Development (A.A. degree) graduated in 2004. References available upon request.