Frances Gabinsky
Frances Gabinsky
Based in
London, United Kingdom
More than 10 years experience
United Kingdom

I studied textiles at Central St Martins followed by a short stint working in New York, but I’ve spent the last four years living in Moscow. Working in Russia was a great challenge and I held a lot of responsibility. I gained valuable experience of producing prints to a commercial scale. I developed


and designed an entire collection - colour, composition, scale, all the way from the research stage to final execution, which was then shown on the catwalk at Moscow Fashion week.

I am obsessed with colour and feel that it is one of my greatest skills, at college I was shortlisted for the Colour prize at Texprint.

I have excellent illustration skills both by hand and on the computer. Most of my projects start off with experimental artwork - printing/stamping/hand-painting like I did for the Daks 100th year anniversary collection. I am then equally capable using CAD/illustrator/photoshop to edit my prints in order to get them ready for production.

Working for Diane Von Furstenberg involved being in the embroidery department, placing designs onto pattern pieces with lots of visual research, including sourcing trims and fabric around New York. One of my motif designs was used in the final collection.

More recently I have designed my own all over repeat printed shirt collection. This involved researching trends and contacting many mills and suppliers worldwide. My shirts were a big success and I sold all of my designs.

I continue as a passionate print designer creating my own work and also enjoy working for other designers.

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Freelance Print Designer
Iona Debarge Feb. 1, 2018 - Apr. 1, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Print collaboration with this luxury nightwear company

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Freelance Print Designer
Alexander Tereqhov Jun. 1, 2015 - Jul. 1, 2015
Moscow , Russian Federation

- Designed a print for Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk
- Hand drawn and converted into a digital repeat
- Technical execution of initial concept to final sample sign off

Freelance Print Designer
Beata Heuman Jan. 5, 2015 - Mar. 5, 2015
London, United Kingdom

- Produced a one off print
- Hand painting/digital designs for wallpaper
- Converting designs into perfect repeat ready for production.

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Print Designer
Masha Tsigal Sep. 1, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015
Moscow , Russian Federation

- Designed entire SS15 print collection for Moscow Fashion Week
- Placement and repeat print design to fit in with the brands signature style
- Presenting trends and market research to the creative director
- CAD drawings
- Liaising with the factory in Russia and artwork prepared for fabric productio



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Freelance Print Designer
Daks Mar. 1, 2013 - Apr. 1, 2013
London, United Kingdom

- Designed two prints shown at London Fashion Week SS14
- Head hunted by head of design Shelia Waid
- Two repeat prints hand drawn and digitally designed using photoshop

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Print Designer
Waddler Sep. 1, 2012 - Apr. 1, 2013
London, United Kingdom

- Introduced summer and winter prints
- Placement and repeat prints, designing ideas from concept through to final production
- Sign off fabrics and trims for production
- Completing Tech Packs that include, accurate drawings, construction details and fabric information

Production Internship
Preen Nov. 1, 2012 - Apr. 1, 2012
London, United Kingdom

Worked closely between Design and Production teams
- Fabric and Trim sourcing online and around London
- Organising orders
- Making toiles and cutting patterns – including a dress for Michelle Obama
- Assisting backstage at New York Fashion Week

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Print and Embroidery Internship
Diane Von Furstenberg Jan. 7, 2011 - Mar. 7, 2011
New York, United States

- Developed and sampled hand embroidery
- One design which was used for the main collection at NY Fashion Week
- Accurately art working embroidery designs onto pattern pieces
- Creating art work for prints
- Altering garments in the fittings to the run up of fashion week
- Hand sewing and embroidery


design work
- Sourcing fabric and trims extensively throughout New York fashion suppliers

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Fabric Assistant
Céline Oct. 1, 2010 - Dec. 20, 2010
London, United Kingdom

- Design research
- Archiving collection fabrics
- Keeping records of the incoming fabrics
- Working with Photoshop to modify designs
- Dying swatches
- General administration work

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BA Textile Design
Central Saint Martins (London) Sep. 1, 2007 - Jun. 1, 2010
London, United Kingdom

Specialised in Printing
Shortlised for Texprint - Colour Prize

Embroidery Print Internship
Alexander McQueen Jan. 1, 2007 - Apr. 1, 2007
London, United Kingdom

- Hand drawings which were made into embroideries and shown in the Ready to Wear collection
- Research and development of mood boards
- Design and development of new fabric concepts and sampling
- Hand dying fabric to match specific samples
- Responsible for collecting and organising all fabrics i


n preparation for Paris Fashion Week

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Weaving and embroidery techniques

Screen printing

Digital Design

Highly organised with the ability to multi task in a fast paced environment

Strong communicator

Experience liaising with mills and manufactures worldwide

Software skills

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel...)