Fashion design alumnus Paul Cordero has taken his skills onto a global stage, settling into Paris as a draper and pattern-maker for French fashion house Chloé.
The School of Fashion and Textiles 2006 graduate has cultivated a diverse and multidisciplinary portfolio, thriving both nationally and worldwide.
After relocating to Paris to pursue his ambition of working internationally, Cordero landed a highly coveted role at Chloé in mid-2014.
Describing it as the greatest achievement of his career thus far, Cordero says being surrounded by talented colleagues in an atelier environment has given him an invaluable experience.
Working as a creative pattern-cutter draper, his role primarily involves interpreting design briefs and bringing ideas and concepts to life.
Cordero studied the Advanced Diploma of Textiles, Clothing and Footwear, now theAssociate Degree in Fashion Design and Technology.
Graduates from the program have landed various roles in the fashion industry; from design, pattern-making, production and accessories to styling and public relations.
Fashion and textiles programs at RMIT maintain a distinct focus on industry-based learning, giving students a real-world understanding of design, technology and business.
Practical work experience was instrumental in Cordero’s design awareness, allowing him to cultivate technical skills relevant to the industry.
“As much as university tries to prepare you for the workforce, nothing actually prepares you until you start working,” he says.
“Studying at RMIT helped develop my skills, which made me an able and diverse worker.
“This, paired with my internships, allowed me to put what I had learnt into practice in a real work environment and made me feel confident entering the work force.”
Cordero was able to consolidate his design practice through working with a range of international designers, including Jacquemus (Paris), Christopher Kane (London), Richard Nicoll (London), Nasir Mazar (London), Josh Goot (Australia) and more.
Studying at RMIT not only provided him with a well-equipped environment to cement his skills, but also allowed him to explore his design styles and interests.
“My teachers fostered my skills and always encouraged me to give my all,” he says.
“I was able to develop my basic skills and push my technical boundaries in a well-nurtured environment.”
The School of Fashion and Textiles is a global leader in textiles education, training and research.