Celia Forrester

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Highly creative design and merchandising professional with a strong moderate to better background in the apparel design industry.



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    MS Word
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    FIDM Advanced Design Program
    FIDM Design Certificate
    California State University Fullerton BA Graphic D

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Self-starting and self-motivated; able to inspire productivity among subordinate staff members, upper management and clients.

Take charge, assertive and responsible professional who is able to meet product development
milestones and deadlines. Advanced problem solving skills.

Import and overseas (Indonesia, Hong Kong, India & Taipei) factory and textile sourcing experience. Extensive experience working with overseas agents and vendors to insure a quality and cost-eff ective product.

Profi cient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and MS Off ce Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
Excellent hand sketching ability. Excellent presentation skills.

Trend forecasting research. Th orough knowledge of patternmaking, tech packs and methods of garment production.

Easily translated prior graphic design experience to apparel requirements in textile prints/
graphics and embroidery/beading design.


FREELANCE DESIGN Fashion & Graphic Design January 2011 to Present
Apparel design and graphics, line sheets and presentation materials using Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign programs. Focus on women\'s and children\'s apparel.

BOO KITTY KIDS Children’s Fantasy and Fun Wear. January 2003 to January 2011
Business Owner/Designer
A line of dress-up clothes, shoes and accessories for little girls and infants ages 3 months to 6 years. Specialized in Fairy dresses, costumes and holiday specfi c special occasion dresses with an emphasis on design quality and value.Controlled design and product development working with outside agent and foreign vendors. Provided retail clients with excellent customer service. Manufactured in Bali, Indonesia. Th e Boo Kitty line was wholesaled to quality children’s
boutiques in the U.S.

USINDO Updated Missy Sportswear & Dresses. Pasadena, California August 2005 to June 2009
Designed and merchandised the Usindo line of updated missy sportswear and dresses. Knit and woven soft dressing with special details such as beading,applique’, embroidery and silkscreen. Traveled to Bali, Indonesia four times a year to work with patternmakers, textile reps and factory production to produce the sample lines. Produced five collections a year. Worked with sales team and reps to insure a saleable line.

May 1995-December 2004
FAITH Division - Senior Designer/Merchandiser - Updated Missy Sportswear and Dresses.
Design/merchandise FAITH, a line of updated missy sportswear and dresses which retailed at quality boutiques throughout the U.S. Used both wovens and knits.
Emphasis on soft dressing with art-to-wear detailing. Retailed extremely well with a high sell through rate. Doubles sales of company from $7 million to $14 million within 3 years. Th e line
was manufactured in Indonesia. Traveled to Bali, Indonesia fi ve times a year to develop the line. Lived in Bali for 3 years. Sourced fabrics and trims. Merchandised the line working closely with the sales force to insure a saleable line.
Improved the quality of fi t and production by working closely with patternmakers, sewers and production staff .

ARTHUR MAX - Missy/Contemporary Sportswear - Los Angeles, CA August 1992 to April 1995
Design and merchandise a line of woven separates with the emphasis on soft dressing and natural fi ber fabrics with surface or textural interest.

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