2 Dec 2019

Meet Cat Taylor


I grew up in a small town in the Midlands. I was first introduced to technology at a young age through my father’s photography and my brother’s PS2. I always knew I wanted to work in fashion, so I began taking every subject available at school. I also attended extra-curricular courses in pattern cutting.

I then decided to take Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. I specialised in Print Design. However, a couple of weeks before my graduate show I completely changed direction and chose to focus on teaching myself 3D fashion software.

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Cat Taylor

At the time, I wasn’t feeling very inspired by anything. I was Googling randomly one day when I came across software, I could use for fashion design, and I decided that a digital approach would help set me apart. There are many pathways into digital careers, so I took the leap and taught myself as much as I could before I had to present my graduate collection. I spent hours on YouTube discovering how to use the software required to create 3D digital clothing.

I have been a freelance 3D fashion designer and director for a few years now, working for companies and brands like Balenciaga, Highsnobiety, Nike and Selfridges. I also created DIGI-GXL this year, a pioneering community paving the way for a more diverse design industry, and we are now 200 members strong.

My advice to anyone interested in a career in digital would be to experiment as much as you can during your studies. Don’t be afraid to try out a course that doesn’t necessarily fit with what you do. Gaining a wide range of knowledge means that you can bring it all together and fuse it into something new and unique.

Cat Taylor has partnered with the Institute of Coding on their CTRL Your Future campaign to encourage a more diverse group of young people into digital careers via higher education.

For more information on how you can join the digital sector, click here: instituteofcoding.org

Last updated December 2019

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