Fashion Journey: Dubai to New York

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Zhansaya Kussainova has just graduated in BA (Hons) Fashion from our Dubai Campus and is now studying for an MfA Fashion Design and Society course at Parsons School of Design in New York.

‘Several years ago there was a significant turning point in my life. I made one of the best decisions that I could have ever made. I chose Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus. At the very beginning of my studies at Heriot-Watt I did not have any experience and skills in fashion. Heriot-Watt not only provided me with tools that have helped me in my further studies in fashion they also challenged me to think more critically about my work and my future career goals.

Currently I am doing Mfa Fashion Design and Society course in New York at Parsons School of Design. The demands are extremely high, as it is a very competitive environment.

However I believe my personal and professional growth into the fashion industry is assured thanks to my experience at Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

My advice to all fashion students is to be determined towards achieving your goals. Stay motivated and never be afraid of difficulties. Fashion is all about creativity, determination and decision making, be curious about everything and be open minded, think outside, it is just fundamental to the development of you own personal aesthetics and your identity as a fashion designer.’