Spend A Moment With… Jason Forrest

Fashion Retail Lecturer

Spend A Moment With… Jason Forrest
23/05/2016 A.Z Team
In Fashion & Beauty, We Love

What does a typical day look like for you?
Early starts and late finishes. We’re currently in the process of realigning the curriculum for the upcoming academic year. In order for students between level two and four to be more equipped and provide more practicalities in preparation for their careers within retail and visual merchandising.

How did you get in to Fashion and what got you to where you are now?

From an early age I’ve always had a fascination with art and fashion. I was raised in a Rastafarian household where the beauty and value of my culture was celebrated through literature, open discussions and visual presentation. My parents enrolled me on a basic dressmaking course in Birmingham. I was heavily encouraged by my grandmother, in order for me to obtain a understanding of garment construction whilst developing my natural artistic abilities. This lead to completing a BTEC national diploma through to a B.A Hons in Fashion. Being focused, passionate and resilient, along with advice from close friends and family has seen me work for brands such as Bally, Burberry and Harvey Nichols within their visual merchandising departments.

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Whose work ethic inspires you and why?
From an operational perspective, my previous boss Claire England and Olaf Becker. From an artistic and creative standpoint Maya Angelou, my grandmother, my mother, Spike Lee, James Baldwin, Ruskin Bayard and three of my closest friends Basel Asmar, Meena Sagoo and Tony Greenwell. All of these individuals are consistent in their daily and professional lives and see the bigger picture to life.

Likes…

Being with family is my highest priority. Travel, consistency, honesty and humour. Reading – I am a book worm and currently reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin .

Dislikes…

Bad manners. #NoNeed.

What do you do to relax?

Meditation, going to the gym, being around my immediate family. I like to visit exhibitions, events and shows, along with travelling. This helps to align my creative practice within today’s technological world, perfect excuse to catch up for a drink and dinner with friends.

Most memorable moment?

Project managing the Burberry store event in Florence, along with V.I.P events for Bally in both London and Paris. Showroom set ups are the most exciting aspect of my previous roles, as you get to see and merchandise the new collection first hand, along with meeting colleagues from across the globe to share best practice.
Meeting Spike Lee was one of the most exciting and personal moments for me, as I have been a fan of his artistry for many years.

What do you want you want out of life?

Using my experience as an educational learning tool in order to enhance students employability is my main objective. I’m fortunate to share my knowledge with students from diploma to BA Hons level and have a bigger picture in mind for the foreseeable future within this sphere. Remaining focused, happy and passionate is all I ever want for my life.


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