PROFILE 

Lingerie design student with a background in fine art. 

June 2018 (Cyprus): Took part in the Graduate Fashion Show as a designer (organised by Studio 8 School of Art & Design) with 2 outfits which consisted of 4 garments (two dresses, 2 meters long cape with fake fur and a jacket with couture sleeve structure) based on a historical concept. All pieces are decorated by hand. 

March 2015 – June 2018 (Cyprus): Took part in 9 art exhibitions overall (paintings, digital art, installations) and worked as a freelance portrait artist. 

EDUCATION

Sept 2019 – Present: BA (Hons) Fashion Contour at University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion

Sept 2018 – June 2019: UAL accredited Foundation Diploma in Fashion Promotion specialist pathway at Ravensbourne University London

Sept 2017 – June 2018: Higher National Diploma course in Fashion & Textiles at Studio 8 School of Art & Design (completed Year 1) (Limassol, Cyprus)

Highlights: Graduate Fashion Show

Sept 2012 – June 2018: The Heritage Private School (Limassol, Cyprus)

Highlights: A Level Fine Art (A*) with Certificate of Excellence; IGCSE Fine Art (A*)

Sept 2007 – May 2012: School 1239 (Moscow, Russia)

EMPLOYMENT/WORK EXPERIENCE 

Feb 2020: Quality control of factory stock at Aura Lingerie, London. 

Feb 2019: (Volunteer) Backstage assistant at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week. 

This job included working in a team, being quick-decisive, punctual and responsible. The duties were helping at the backstage reception, guiding high ranked photographers into the building; communicating with designers, sorting catwalk items and helping models to get dressed for shows. 

March 2015 – June 2018: Freelance artist (in Cyprus). 

Portrait commissions using acrylic paints on cotton canvas and digital art. The knowledge and skills built up during this time involve analysing and serving different customers as well as meeting their requirements and selling products. 

CERTIFICATES

• (Sep 2020) Central Saint Martins Certificate of Attendance: Fashion Manufacturing (Online Short Course)

• (Aug 2020) Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC

• (Apr 2020) Business of Fashion (BoF) Education: Certificate in Fashion History (tutor Colin McDowell)

• (Apr 2020) Business of Fashion (BoF) Education: Certificate in Digital Marketing (tutor Drew Elliott)

• (Dec 2019) Adobe Certified Associate in Print & Digital Publication using Adobe InDesign

• (Nov 2019) LinkedIn Learning Certificates of Completion in:

Being an Effective Team Member (CPE): 0.5, PDUs/ContactHours: 1); Interpersonal Communication (PDUs/ContactHours: 0.5); Mastering Conversations in Retail Sales; Job Skills: Learning Retail Sales; Marketing to Humans (PDUs/ContactHours: 0.25); Pitching Your Ideas Strategically; Learning Art Direction

• (June 2018) Certificate of Excellence for (A*) A Level Fine Art

KEY SKILLS

• Research skills

• Fashion design development and concept creation

• Garment manufacture and machine sewing, pattern cutting and construction

• Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator

• Styling, fashion promotion and fashion media (including creating invitations, press releases, shoot plans)

• Fashion Illustration

• Digital art using Ipad Pro (Procreate, Sketchbook apps)

• Painting using acrylic paints (strength in portraiture and expressionistic big-scale paintings); drawing using pencils and watercolours; life drawing; installations

• Customer service and consumer knowledge

• Can-do attitude

• Working efficiently individually and as part of a team

INTERESTS

UAL student Lingerie Society member

UAL student Pole Dance Fitness Sport Society member

Interest in musicals, Renaissance and contemporary art

Inspired by music and nature

CONTACT INFO

Milana Kovalskaya (Lana Graven)

Currently based in London, UK.

gravenlana.art@gmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gravenlana/

Instagram pages:

Fine Art & Design works: http://www.instagram.com/symphony_in_h

Fashion Contour inspiration & works: www.instagram.com/gravenlana_lingerie