My experience at CSM Fashion - the playlist & resources to protect your sanity

When I first wrote about my experience at CSM, I tried to consider as many aspects as I could, like I was writing a dissertation almost.

It had an introduction, development and conclusion... and still I got prospective students of all ages coming to me with the same reductive question: "is it worth it???"

Luckily for you, I will never underestimate your intelligence and your agency by answering a simple YES or NO. My own ethics aside, I also don't get anything by sending students to CSM or any other school.

It's up to you to receive this information and make your own decision.

Here's the playlist:


And here's my list of recommended reading before spending over £50,000 on something that might not make you neither happy nor financially stable:

The Fashion dream vs the industry reality

  • The most beautiful job in the world: lifting the veil on the Fashion industry by Giulia Mensitieri (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020)
  • TL;DR - No money in their Prada purse by Aya Noel (1Granary issue 6, June 2020)

Career goals & job search

Maybe you don't need "more skills", but if you do, the exercises in the book can help you slow down and make a better assessment of your existing qualifications vs. what you ultimately want to achieve.

What if you keep running into the same toxic work environments in Fashion?

  • The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning to Break Free by Julie L. Hall (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2019): I also urge you to read this book if your own parents rationalised the abusive behaviours of your shit boss;
  • Stop Caretaking the Borderline or Narcissist: How to End the Drama and Get On with Life by Margalis Fjelstad (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014): Useful reading if you've started to gaslight yourself with this kind of BS: 
    • "When you work with someone as brilliant as he is, there's always a form of abuse, because people like him have such incredible vision, that no one else understand, and they get really frustrated if what they've thought of doesn't get done." - quote from The most beautiful job in the world: lifting the veil on the Fashion industry by Giulia Mensitieri (chapter 10, pg. 231).

"It's always been my dream - but I don't have the money! And I have to get in, or maybe I'll go to this school first, then do this, that, then... "

While I want to help you avoid my mistakes, I am not interested in being a confidante to people I'm not close to, or being your free therapist or financial advisor ( I'm not qualified to, anyway).

I might update this section in the future with some resources in Psychoeducation and Complex PTSD that have helped me, but at this moment I do not feel like I am ready to.

If you choose to work with me as a Fashion Design and Portfolio mentor - click here to learn more.