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Former Student Turns Career Dream into Reality

Former Bristol art student, Sabina Savage, is living her childhood dream and fulfilling her career ambitions as a fashion designer with her own label.

Born in Somerset, Sabina grew up in a creative home in the rural town of Hamlet near Cheddar. She began her studies at Bristol School of Art Queens Road in 2007, studying the Foundation Diploma and Pathway in Fashion.

Lecturer, Janie George, said: “Sabina, known affectionately around College as Bean, had many friends but her friendships were never a distraction from her work. She was really focussed on her goals right from the beginning – having aspirations to be a fashion designer from the age of five.”

After completing her studies at Queens Road at the age of 18, and despite speaking no French, Sabina took the bold step of moving to Paris to pursue her dream of studying couture design and techniques at a prestigious fashion school. After graduating in 2011 at the top of her year and winning the coveted Nouvelle Couture Award, she moved back to England to work for several top fashion houses, including Gareth Pugh, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen.

“It was easy to see Sabina’s talent at College,” said Jamie. “At the College’s end of year fashion event Sabina stole the show - her short meringue skirts grabbed the attention of everyone, and she did this despite a nightmare ordeal leading up to the event. In dramatic fashion, her car was stolen right before the show, which included all of her designs, but luckily at the 11th hour the police found her car and she was able to complete her work in just a few hours before the event.”

Sabina’s sincere love of fashion, drawing and hand-laboured artwork has lead to the creation of her very own self-titled scarf line. Her work places huge emphasis on hand finishing, exquisite fabrics and high quality production, alongside her elaborate hand drawn prints.

Her work is admired by many in the fashion industry and most recently was recognised at the Pulse Trade Show in London - a design-focused gift trade show that brings together over 600 of the best gift, home ware, fashion, wellbeing and lifestyle brands - where she won Best New Product 2013.

As well as establishing her own brand, Sabina is also working on an exclusive commission of printed cushions and scarves with Heals, due in stores this September, and working at Alexander McQueen on a seasonal freelance basis.

Jo Kear, Head of Department at Bristol School of Art, Queens Road, comments: “Sabina threw herself into her work 150%. She always worked really hard and got on with everyone. She was a joy to teach. Staff at the College are delighted to see her career blossoming. Sabina’s new line of scarves looks really exciting. Each piece shows off her creativity, passion and talent.”

Sabina comments: “I sincerely value my time at Queens Road. It was a time where I learnt to erase my boundaries and incorporate new mediums into my work. My tutors were wonderfully inspiring and really gave me the confidence to aim high. I have several new stockists lined up for the rest of the year, and would love to be selling internationally in the future. Next stop: World Domination!”

All products at Sabina Savage are hand designed in the UK and printed in Como, Italy. Scarves can be purchased at HEAL’S of London, Wolf and Badger, Notting Hill and