'Think about what really inspires you….don’t be afraid to ask for advice'
Through my dance career, I worked with companies including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Featherstonehaughs, and with Will Tuckett at the Royal Opera House.
DCD supported me in my transition into fashion. I developed my skills while working for four years under Stevie Stewert, co-founder of internationally acclaimed 80s brand BodyMap, creating costumes for pop icons such as Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and Cheryl Cole.
I occasionally lectured in pattern-cutting at London College of Fashion and also undertook my own further study. DCD’s support allowed me to take courses in Couture Tailoring and Adobe Illustrator for Fashion at Central Saint Martins, and Fashion Marketing and PR, and to set up a studio from which to start up my business.
The courses at St Martins were excellent and gave me the confidence to take the plunge and set up on my own. Having a studio was fantastic, as it gave me the space and focus to drive forward in a new career.
I set up my own label, Muscat Bridal and my background as a ballet dancer continues to inspire movement in my collections.
I’m now also a partner company in DCD’s Career Insights Programme – giving dancers an experience of a new working environment will provide an exciting opportunity for those embarking on transition to explore other career options.
My advice to other dancers in transition is to do your research and be prepared. Think about what really inspires you, and how you can turn that into a business or profession. Decide what market you want to be in and in what capacity, find out what courses are on offer, and work out how they can help you achieve your goal. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Keep in mind that your next profession could be for life.