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London, United Kingdom
Specializing in fashion and textile design development Marina Popska is professional based in London,UK. Currently working with several companies featuring design development for the needs of high street market area. Collections focus Ladies casual and evening wear, dress-wear and multi product design. Particularly including development and editing, garment creation from illustration to completion, design execution and overseeing production manufacturing.
Upon graduation with honors Marina holds two Master Degrees in the areas of Fashion, Knitwear and Textile Design from prestigious Universities in USA and Bulgaria. Her collection showcase at New York Fashion Week S/S 2010.
During the past 10 years in Europe and USA her professional work experience includes: ladies wear design, fashion illustrations, pattern making and construction, sample and production development, machine and hand sewing, fittings, styling and photography collaborations, textile fabric development for knits and printed collections, multiple participation in art exhibition and performances, magazine publications.
Computers -M1 knit operating system, Adobe Photo Shop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word
Design skills - fashion, knitwear and textile design for Ladies wear, concept and inspiration development, mood, color, trim and fabric boards, collection building and editing, pattern and sample making, machine, hand sewing and finishing, screen printing, weaving, felting, hand silk painting, dyeing, batik, STOLL CMS330-6 and CMS31 operating systems, double and single bed knitting machines, hand knitting
product design development
- Tara Starlet
- Mar 2012 - Present (1 year 9 months)
Ladies wear vintage inspired fashion – garment creation from illustration to completion. First flat pattern, sample machine sewing,
Fittings, alterations and production grading
Ladies wear designer
- Sunbond Ltd
- Jan 2012 - Present (1 year 11 months)
Ladies wear design for high fashion and club wear. First sample toile, first draft flat pattern, sample stand draping and machine sewing. High street market research - current trends and styles, fabric and trim sourcing, production sizing.
Fashion, Knitwear & Textile Designer, Creative Director
- Marina Popska
- Jun 2011 - Present (2 years 6 months)
Athina Mitsoli - London, UK - Children wear design and construction
multi products; first sample toile; first draft flat pattern and construction, machine sewing and tailor finish techniques, production grading
Tara Starlet - London, UK - Ladies wear design and construction
First sample, first flat pattern, fittings, alteration, production grading.
Feebe Ltd - Feebie Fashion - London, UK - Ladies wear designer
Multi-product women wear design - soft separates, outerwear, and dresses. Collection development, fabric and trim finish research. CAD editing illustrations and color product range preparation
Misstique London - London, UK - Ladies wear design
Design ladies wear evening dresses, including illustration back & front view, fabric sample sourcing and trimming finish suggestion,
first toile sample made with flat paper patterns in single production size UK 12, alterations and construction
Duchelina Dove - London, UK - Design assistant and dress maker collaborator. Sewing and construction of ladies wear evening gown dresses, first toile and calico sample creation. Flat patterns drafting, alterations
and fittings, woven fabric manipulation and construction details, final garment creation with actual fabrics sewn and finishing.
Urban Vs Retro Fashion Show back stage assistant
Christos Aristotelous - London, UK - Children wear design
Children wear Rain Coat jacket designs - girls and boys style, Illustrations back & front view, sewing first toile, sample making and alterations, flat paper patterns in single production size UK6, alterations and construction
Bolli Daring - Monmouthshire, UK - Fashion Illustrator
Two Golden Fashion Illustrations 50/32cm - “Bolli Torch” & “Bolli Torchette” - mix media technique.Illustration/Image Buy Out for sale use by Bolli Darling design brief
- Spoonflower INC
- May 2011 - Present (2 years 7 months)
creative print collections based on mix-media design techniques
Independent textile print design for international marketplace exposure / including interior design prints and fashion fabrics
- Jan 2013 - Jun 2013 (5 months)
companies list include: Excel Clothing, De La Creme, PC Clothing, Shani, River Island, NEXT, Spirit Clothing, Top Shop, Jaeger, QRI Stiletto, OASIS, ASOS, Paragon Clothing
Ladies wear Designer
- FAN New Trimmings Ltd.
- Jun 2012 - Dec 2012 (6 months)
High street Ladies fashion. Multi-product design including illustrations, flats, first draft pattern, alterations, fittings, fabric and trim research and selection, first prototypes, sample sewing and construction, production package preparation, production sizing
Ladies wear Designer
- Golden Touch
- Jun 2011 - 2012 (1 year 6 months)
Ladies wear wovens and jersey design, casual and evening wear, soft separates.
Assist Director with trend, color and market research.
Sample development from illustration to completion.
Pattern making and construction, production sizing.
Trim finishings and fabric sourcing.
Freelance fashion and knitwear designer
- Christina Cundari, Sabah Mansoor, Maria Korovilas, Gergana Mollova
- Nov 2009 - Jan 2011 (1 year 2 months)
Assistant Fashion and Knitwear Designer for collection garments - F/W 2011 and S/S 2012
Fabric development for knit coats, body suits, technical assistance with Design Directors, attending fittings, sample implementation, finishing and tailoring techniques, machine and hand sewing, pattern making and fabric cutting, embroidery stabilization, collection editing and realization
- Jun 2006 - Nov 2010 (4 years 5 months)
work with clients / customer orders and delivery/communications, product ordering,
work in team at dynamic environment
textile assistant designer
- Apr 2004 - May 2006 (2 years 1 month)
fabric development for textiles used in garments and interior design environment, furniture and repetitive patterns
Academy of Art University, CA - USA
- MFA Fashion and Knitwear Design
- 2006 - 2009
National Academy of Arts-Sofia, Bulgaria, Applied Art Faculty – Textile Art
- MFA Textile Art
- 2005 - 2006
National Academy of Arts-Sofia, Bulgaria
- BA Textile Art and Design
- 2001 - 2005
“Saint Luca” National Gymnasiums for Applied Arts
- Specialised design degree Textile Design
- 1996 - 2001
-Erasum-Socrates exchange program Finland 2003
-1st price award "Dinev" competition for paper arts
-participation in numerous international exhibitions,festivals, seminars through Europe and USA