Lisa: a rising fashion star

Lisa Schools, from Blackpopol, who has won a fashion scholarship
Lisa Schools, from Blackpopol, who has won a fashion scholarship
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A BLACKPOOL woman is one of only three students in the country to have received a highly sought-after scholarship in fashion.

Lisa Schools has been awarded a prestigious industry £14,000 scholarship to study at GCU London, courtesy of leading fashion retailer AllSaints.

The 27-year-old has won a place on an MSc course in International Fashion Marketing at the university’s stylish Spitalfields campus in the capital’s East End.

She said: “I researched courses online and this course ticked all the right boxes.

“Being connected to AllSaints is a massive coup, it’s a brand I admire and connect with.

“Winning the scholarship is a fantastic opportunity. It has allowed me to live and study in London and has given me great prospects.

“I wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the AllSaints scholarship.”

Budding photographer Lisa, who graduated with a degree in Linguistics and Creative Writing from St Martin’s College in Lancaster, decided to pursue a career in fashion after studying a photography course at Blackpool and the Fylde College.

Lisa, who has also worked with the Apple brand, said: “I’m very interested in street photography which is hinged on fashion. I always wanted to pursue a career in fashion but didn’t think my academic background matched the creative industries.

“Studying photography made me realise there was a way into the sector.”

Lisa, whose photography was selected by Vogue to feature in an online article on street style, hopes to pursue a career as a creative marketing director after her studies.

She added: “I would love to work for a high end luxury fashion brand and feel the course will give me a good chance to achieve this. I love Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row range and I am also inspired by Alexander McQueen and Chanel.”

Earlier this year, fashion giant AllSaints launched its new collection with a showcase at GCU London, highlighting the university’s connection with the fashion industry.

It is the third consecutive year the brand has offered the valuable GCU London scholarship. Lisa will now benefit from links with the industry leader, which has its headquarters in Spitalfields, just a stone’s throw away from the university’s campus.

Linda Shearer, programme director, said: “The AllSaints scholarship highlights the company’s on-going commitment to education and provides an excellent opportunity for students to join the MSc International Fashion Marketing.

“We are very grateful for the company’s generous investment in our students.

“As one of the UK’s leading fashion retailers the expertise and insights AllSaints can offer students is very valuable.

“Having such prominent industry links will put our students in good stead for whatever they go on to do in the future.”