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Bethany Wray

BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Communication

Graduated 2013

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Tell us a little about your career story so far.

After graduating, I was unemployed for about three months (but applying and searching for jobs every day) before being offered a graphic design job at the ethical fashion brand People Tree. It was only a temporary contract covering maternity leave but it enabled me to make the big move to London.

After three months, I was offered a permanent contract and stayed for two and a half years in the end. I then moved on to Chanel, where I have been for nearly two years now.

Tell us about what you are doing now and what it involves.

I currently work as a graphic designer on the fragrance and beauty side at Chanel – covering makeup, perfumes and skincare.

A typical day involves working on projects, big and small, for stores and counters and for our in-house training academy. I work closely with the marketing department and also do projects for press, media and international markets.

What’s your career highlight so far?

The part of my career I'm most proud of so far was the run up to Chanel's first standalone fragrance launch in 15 years - Gabrielle Chanel. I really enjoyed being part of the excitement and buzz that filled the office, and I got to work on some really cool projects as a result.

What tips would you give to someone wanting a career in your industry?

I'd highly recommend working at a smaller company to begin with, as you get exposure to all aspects of the business and, when you grow in confidence, can really make an impact.

I would also make sure you work on your portfolio all through your career, as you never know when you might need to show it off! I have a website so I can easily share my work with others and make a good first impression.

Re:so store
With employability a key element of our degree programs, Re:So - The Retail Solent Initiative, allows students to gain valuable experience as part of their work based learning element of the course. This unique retail store is run by Solent students and sells clothing, accessories, art and other items designed by Solent students and graduates.
Envobeauty - Charlotte Williams' final major project
Envobeauty - Charlotte Williams' final major project
Sustainability in the beauty industry is becoming an increasingly hot topic, and is one that third year BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion student Charlotte Williams decided to base her final major project on.
Heleayner Davies' sustainable final major project
Heleayner Davies' sustainable final major project
BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion student, Heleayner Davies gave high street chain, The Body Shop a sustainable rebrand for her final major project.
Beauty in a box
Beauty in a box
BA (Hons) Beauty Promotion student, Lucy Horsman created her own trend-based box for an online beauty retailer 'Face in a Box'.
Generation Gilr
Generation Girl promotes charitable fashion
BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Communication students Hannah Castleton and Darby Student, to created Generation Girl a charitable fashion agency, providing empowerment and well-being for all women through the movement of fashion, clothing and communication.
Gender equality fashion show
Gender equality laced into Fashion Management show
‘Women Can Too’ was the theme of a recent fashion show organised by students on the fashion management with marketing course. Proceeds from the show went to the Fawcett Society, a women’s rights and gender equality charity.
D'Manii collection
Introducing the D'Manii collection
Fashion management with marketing student, Damini Patel's late Grandmother, Maniben A Patel had a great influence on her final major project. Her Grandmother's name is the meaning of a precious and significant diamond in India - the perfect inspiration for Damini's luxury statement jewellery collection the D'Manii collection.
Sara Aaltonen
Sara designs for ethnic and cultural diversity
Creating and marketing a collection to unite all cultures, religions and genders was the focus of BA (Hons) Fashion Management with Marketing student, Sara Aaltonen's final major project.
New York
Fashion management students head to New York
Fashion management students have just returned from an enviable study trip to New York City, where they gained real industry insight by visiting fashion head offices and listening to talks by leading members of the fashion community.