Hi I'm Alvin, a soon to be 2nd-year Business & Management student and am nominating myself for the position of President of KCL Fashion Society.
Some of you might know me as the designer with the weird pieces from this year’s fashion show, or the strangely overdressed asian dude walking around in bush house, but for those who don’t know me at all, this video will help you get to know me a little more.
I come from a little city in China called Hong Kong, and as cliche, as it probably sounds, fashion has been an integral part of my individuality. Life sucks. Shit happens. I use fashion as a means to run away from it and create a fantasy of imagination. And I know, a lot of you do the same as well. To inspire and motivate others to achieve their dreams is the purpose of my life.
I always say that if I can do it, anyone else can. My latest collection titled “Metamorphosis” was created with the same philosophy. In my past collections, each piece would take a full month to create, if not more. With only a month and a half to create 3 pieces, I was faced with an insane challenge. However, I truly believe in the idea that you can achieve anything, as long as you love what you do. Fashion is what I love, and I know that by watching this video and voting for your next president, you care about fashion, and our society, at a level much higher than most. I am telling you, that if you want to break into this industry if you want to be a designer, you will, and through the direction I want to take with this society, I will organise and equip you the tools that will cultivate and encourage you to help reach the highest potential of who you can be through the skill development plans I have in mind. I also hope to adopt a democratic leaning leadership style where members can leave requests for what they want to see for the future of our society, so to give them a voice and allow them to be heard.
In the past, I have led 5 fashion shows both before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Other than the obvious monetary successes of raising thousands of pounds for our charities and selling out over 350 seats, the lessons I learned from these experiences helped shape me as a leader, but more importantly a person.
Lessons in self-management, crisis management, collaboration, and perseverance… the ability to lead and to achieve success with passionate, like-minded people is what motivates me. This is what I hope to achieve in my second year here in Kings.
I was obsessed with Inventing Anna on Netflix earlier last month. The lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous portrayed in this series really attracted me. With my presidential status, I hope to bring our members the opportunity to both develop our knowledge and technical skill in fashion and also just to have a fun time and live a fucking fabulous lifestyle, on a budget through our events.
We’re currently living in London. But are we truly thriving within this vibrant city full of inspiration, culture, hidden treasures? This is the centre of fashion, and we should take full advantage of our time here. I want to invite you to join me as we explore this great city, and make some awesome friendships in the process. I want to surround myself with the most creative, inspiring individuals in Kings, and have our society become the sought-after, glamorous jewel of Kings College London. At the same time, I don’t want our society to be a ridiculous, social elitist club. I envision this society to be for anyone. I don’t care what you look like, dress like, how many friends you have. If you don’t have a single friend, please show up, and take a seat next to me. Because you’re all a bunch of damn cool people.
As president, I vow to work collaboratively with our committee and members of our society. Let’s make the next year of our lives a truly unforgettable one that we’ll remember for decades to come, and have a really fantastic time together. Thank you so much.
Why are you most suited to the role?
As a Fashion Designer, I love what I do. I love reading about the history of fashion, and understanding how our clothes came to be. Fashion is what keeps me alive. It is my creative outlet that creates physical manifestations of my dreams.
While my internships in the industry may have been somewhat negative experiences, I learnt a lot from them and have seen how this industry works. This knowledge, combined with my passion for my craft has given me a clear direction to take with this presidential status. I want to help young artists and designers in the Industry find their place and flourish.
In the past, I have taken part in a variety of leadership, and club presidential opportunities. (Please see the list attached at the bottom of this response). Among these leadership roles are 5 fashion shows both before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Other than the obvious monetary successes of raising thousands of pounds for our charities and selling out over 350 seats per show, the lessons I learned from these experiences helped shape me as a leader, but more importantly a person.
Lessons in self-management, organization, delegation, collaboration, and perseverance… the ability to lead and to achieve success with passionate, like-minded people is what motivates me. This is what I hope to achieve in my second year here in Kings.
1. Executive Director of Art for Action (2017-2019)
2. Director of Creative Direction of Renaissance College School Fair (2017 - 2018)
3. Director of Creative Direction of Jie Jie Day (2018 - 2019)
4. Deputy Director of Trashion 2019 (2018 - 2019)
5. Director of Trashion 2020 (2019 - 2020)
6. Director of Creative Direction at BelezaXI (2019-2021)
7. Student Chairman of Yan Chai Hospital Charity Ball (2019)
8. Head of Social Media for Strand Magazine (2022)
Why would you like to apply for the position? *
Fashion is what I love, and to inspire and motivate others to achieve their dreams is, in my opinion, the purpose of my life. Being a designer myself, I understand how important it is to encourage young artists to get up and start working for what they love. Fashion is a creative outlet that allows for one’s emotions to be fully communicated. It is a powerful tool that is often overlooked. I want to uplift young designers and give them the necessary tools to chase their dreams, and achieve whatever it is they want. I see our fashion show, and the many events we have throughout the year as incredible opportunities for them, and I want to allow our society to serve as a platform for them.
On a personal level, leadership, and being a part of something bigger motivates me every single day. I love sparking change in my community and making the impossible happen. I see challenges as opportunities and I see this presidential role as a big opportunity for myself to grow and develop as a leader. In addition, I want to get to know the most creative and inspiring people in King’s, and from what I’ve seen in this year’s fashion show, our society is full of them.
What ideas do you have for the society next year? *
With my presidential status, firstly, I want to allow our members to simply have a fun time and live a fabulous lifestyle (mirroring the fashionable elite!), on a budget through our events. Think afternoon teas, exhibition visits, vintage market shopping, trying out new boujee bars… let’s indulge! This is a vibrant city full of inspiration, culture and hidden treasures. London is a centre of fashion, and we should take full advantage of our time here. I want to invite you to join me as we explore this great city, and make some awesome friendships in the process.
Developing our member’s technical skill and knowledge in fashion is another crucial aspect. I want to add fashion design tutorials by industry professionals, showing our members how to drape, pattern make, bead etcetera. I want our society to be vibrant, showcasing fun reels on Instagram (e.g project runway challenges) to get our members, and non members interested in what we have to deliver.
Depending on COVID restrictions, planning a New Years ball would be very glamorous and fun for all of us. I want to ensure that our society is always in the spotlight, and get as many people interested and excited as possible.
In terms of the fashion show, there are a few behind the scenes aspects I would like to change. We need to be incredibly organised with a CLEAR calender of events leading up to the show.
We also need a more effective delegation of tasks for the fashion show. Last year’s amazing president Kalina was completely overwhelmed with communicating with us designers, and I feel as though the tasks should be more appropriately delegated throughout. In addition, we should give designers more time to create their pieces. I believe that signups should take place earlier on in the year, perhaps by the end of October, as it is challenging to create a say, 6 piece collection in just 3 months. Good art shouldn’t be rushed. Furthermore, I believe that models should be allocated to designers before the start of the creation of pieces. This means that when designers are confirmed, models should be found ASAP. Designers need to create their pieces according to the model measurements to ensure they fit well. As such, the process of creation really can’t start without knowledge of their model’s measurements. Moreover, having
regular check-ins with the designers and looking at their progress would be imperative to ensure our show is a success. Lastly, I feel that the catering for our show could be improved, as there was simply not enough food for everyone. Lots of people around me were complaining that they didn’t get a single bite because everything was gone.