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Words From The Fashion Wise: William Tempest

11/07/2013 20:42 | Updated 22 May 2015

William Tempest studied Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear at London College of Fashion. Not only did he work for Giles Deacon while studying but he also bagged WGSN's Global Fashion Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2010.

Last year he designed a collection for River Island and this year William - famed for his unique print design and sharp shape - has teamed up with W London to create luxe limited edition pyjama sets which will be unveiled in June. A project that reveals his signature style and supports London-based manufacturers. William gives MyDaily the low-down on his degree show below and talks about the importance of internships...

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What challenges did you face during your final show?

I was picked to show at the London College of Fashion show at the Royal Academy of Arts during Graduate Fashion Week, a very prestigious and exciting venue to show at. Luckily, other than confirming model choices and checking that shoes fit (always a problem) there weren't any huge challenges and I was able to do a few media interviews backstage and pop out to watch the show myself. In the weeks afterwards, my collection was well received in the press. People began contacting me with job offers and there was even interest from investors to go about starting the William Tempest label.

What advice/ words of wisdom would you offer to students about to graduate?

I think internships are crucial to developing your skills and understanding the industry. Try to find a work placement while you're studying, it will give you a huge advantage when you graduate. Be clear about your aesthetic and question if it is desirable, employable. Be realistic with what is achievable for you. Be flexible and open minded with opportunities that come your way as you often have to start somewhere to get somewhere else.

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