First year at AMFI: dare to ask for feedback

As a new semester at AMFI begins and the first years students can put a thrilling semester behind them. The first months at AMFI always contain new personal realizations, and International Fashion & Management student Yennhi Le did experience the ups and downs of the process. We are back for a chat with her about her new insights.


Student: Yennhi Le
Department: Int. Fashion & Management
Interview: Roy Doron


It is nice to meet up with you again Yennhi!  Now that the 1st semester at AMFI is behind you, how would you compare your initial expectations to how it actually was so far?

“I prepared myself for the first semester by doing online research, visiting the open days and consulting with students, so I knew that it is going to be intense and challenging, but also rewarding. Now I can say that these words describe exactly how I experienced the first semester, meaning the study environment definitely met my expectations.”


What are you most proud of within your AMFI career so far?

“Personally, I’m allured by the learning skills which are later practical professionally outside of AMFI. Realizing that I can now sew my own designed garments is a fulfilling thought, knowing that during the coming years, I will develop myself even more in this area of expertise.”


Yennhi working at the AMFI sewing-room, where she spent many hours during the first semester.

Yennhi working at the AMFI sewing-room, where she spent many hours during the first semester.


In our last talk, you told me about your previous business studies and stated that already the first project at AMFI made you “discover a creative part” in yourself. Do you feel you this development continued?

“Yes, absolutely! During the projects Prototype and Style Research I developed a number of skills, such as my Photoshop skills, sewing and drawing. This was a first-timer for me, but I got to learn a lot in a short period.”


In which way did your working method change?

“In the first two weeks of the prototype project you research two techniques of how to shape a garment: gathering and pleating. I discovered that there are two styles that I like. One that is simple and minimalistic,  the other being complete opposite. I tried to find the style that fits me the best by developing my research and trying out several designs. Instead of fixing myself on one style I know and by that going ‘safe’, I was open to research the differences and only then make my final choice.”


One of Yennhi's garment prototype designs.

One of Yennhi’s garment prototype designs.


What has helped you throughout the first semester?

“During the first projects there were a lot of times that I was wandering off the subject. Those moments are the perfect time to ask for feedback from your teachers and other fellow students, before going back to working in your own style and methods.”


Prototype research development taken from her Process Book.

Prototype research development taken from her Process Book.


Have you got any tips for a future student?

“Remember that when you ask for feedback, you allow yourself to take a little distance from your project for a moment. This could give you new insights and a solid direction to how to continue and develop your product efficiently.”


Here you can read the previous interview with Yennhi:

Discovering the engine of fashion – part 2

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