Sebastian Bird
Womenswear Designer
Sebastian Bird
Womenswear Designer
Based in
London, United Kingdom
More than 10 years experience
United Kingdom

I am a womenswear designer with a large range of experience over the last 10+ years - across multi-product I have specialised in tailoring & outerwear and in softs/flou categories, whilst also working in high-end luxury brands to premium high street levels.

Within Design I'm well versed in draping


on the stand, tailoring mock-ups, high quality hand drawing skills, fittings, working with pattern cutters, tech packs, CADs, managing assistants and interns, following trend reports, researching, mood boards, sourcing and developing fabrics and trims at Premiere Vision/Milano Unica/London Textile Fair, and visits to fabric mills and clothing factories across Europe.
I'm proficient at Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
I also have organised and led photoshoots, ecom styling shoots, working with photographers and stylists, model casting; along with experience in leading members of the Fashion Press through collections at London Fashion Week.
Aside from clothing design I have also working on designing and building websites, logos/branding, packaging and labels. Through my experience I have also learned a lot on sustainability of fabrics and trims, their importance, and the delicate balance of MOQs and margins.

I am based in London but willing to relocate for the right position.

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Womenswear Designer; Softs/Flou
COS Nov. 11, 2022 - Aug. 11, 2023
London, United Kingdom

Temporary contract as womenswear designer on Softs product (dresses/skirts/tops/shirts); consisting of fabric sourcing, draping on the mannequin, working directly with pattern cutters, for monthly drops, in a team of 2 designers and 1 assistant - directly working with Buying and the other design team


s in womenswear

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Knitwear Designer
arch4 Apr. 2022 - Nov. 2022
London, United Kingdom

Luxury Cashmere brand in London
-Working on menswear & womenswear; researching & designing for seasonal collections -Managing team assistant and interns
-CAD artworks / trim developments / fittings / wholesale appointments / logo design / web design -Model casting / styling / photoshoot

Freelance Designer
Mirla Beane Mar. 2021 - Apr. 2022
London, United Kingdom

-Leading the design and brand aesthetic for a small start-up brand whose lead focus is sustainability.
-Managing the design and development of the collections.
-Sourcing fabric and trims relevant to the brand's sustainable angle to meet MOQs. -Designing/fitting/researching seasonal collections.


gning brand graphics, labels, packaging, website.
-Sourcing factories, photographers, locations for ecom & lifestyle shoots.

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Senior Womenswear Designer
Amanda Wakeley Jan. 2019 - Aug. 2020
London, United Kingdom

-Designing 4 seasons per year, across tailoring, softs, jersey, and eveningwear.
-Guiding Press through collections at London Fashion Week presentations. Attending brand events. -Planning and attending PV & London Textile Fair / Managing, developing, sourcing fabrics & hardware. -Researching, Designi


ng & developing fabric and print artworks.
-Managing interns & design studio assistants.
-Working with in-house pattern cutters, machinists, technical team, weekly fittings.
-Creating CADs and specs for pattern cutters & factories. Linesheet management.
-Lookbook photoshoot model castings, pre-shoot styling sessions, post-shoot image edit directions. -Leading ecom photoshoots - casting, styling, retouch notes, image selection, on-set direction. -Leading social media direction, concept, content.
-Weekly meetings with instore staff/social media planning/collection delivery.
-Liaising with wholesale and merchandisers on collection development.
-Store Managers Meetings to present new collections / train staff on collections & guide styling.

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Womenswear CAD Designer
Burberry Jun. 2018 - Jan. 2019
London, United Kingdom

Maternity Cover; Working on Women's RTW CAD design, from Summer 2019-Winter 2019.
-Illustrating and technical drawings for Women's RTW.
-Illustration of Men's SS19 Runway pieces on request from CEO Marco Gobetti. -Colouring up Riccardo Tisci's runway illustrations.
-Trim design & development / Develo


ping fabric & print artworks.

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Savile Row Tailoring Tutorship
London Academy of Bespoke Tailoring May. 2018 - Jul. 2018
London, United Kingdom

Course on traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques to create a bespoke blazer by hand

Womenswear Designer
Jaeger Jan. 2014 - Jun. 2018
London, United Kingdom

Reporting to Creative Director, working on seasons SS15-SS19.
-Researching and designing mainline RTW and Press collections.
-Working with Design and Buying teams across multi product, with focus on leading the tailoring. -Researching seasonal concepts, trends, brand's 130 year archive.


l research trips, vintage designer warehouses in Italy & NYC.
-CAD drawings, spec sheets & handovers, visual linesheets,
-Fabric & trim sourcing at Premiere Vision / MilanoUnica / London Textile Fair, & Italian mill visits. -Working with and managing in-house pattern cutters & sample room machinists. Bi-weekly fittings. -Visiting & fittings at European and UK manufacturers.
-Attending concept and ecomm photoshoots and ad campaigns.

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Fibres & Textiles
Central Saint Martins (London) May. 2014 - Jul. 2014

Short course

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Womenswear Design Assistant
DAKS Jun. 2011 - Jan. 2014
London, United Kingdom

Reporting to Head of Design, working on seasons SS12 - SS14, starting position from an internship.
-Assisting design for catwalk and commercial collections.
-Backstage catwalk assistance & sourcing services for London Fashion Week. -Live-sketching fittings & looks during catwalk prep.
-Fabric & trim


sourcing at Premiere Vision / MilanoUnica / London Textile Fair. -Designing and developing trims with Italian manufacturers, concept & trend research.

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Womenswear Design
Birmingham City University Sep. 21, 2008 - Jun. 21, 2011
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Bachelor's Degree

Industry sectors


Software skills

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign


Adobe Photoshop

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



Native language


Basic knowledge

Types of contracts
Freelance / Missions
Full Time
Part time
Personal details

Potentially open to relocate

Seeing Double

Mirla Beane suit in Stylist Magazine


Amanda Wakeley Jacket in Vogue magazine


Jaeger dress featured in Vogue Magazine


Jaeger top featured in Harpers Bazaar


Jaeger top featured in Elle Magazine

Northern Soul

Jaeger dress featured on model Sam Rollinson article

Suited Separates

Jaeger culottes in Vogue Magazine

Coats Amaze

Jaeger Coat in Style Magazine


Jaeger leather jacket in Grazia Magazine