Our Stories - Daniel Pascal-Tanner
Daniel worked as a professional dancer for 10 years in musical theatre, after attending The BRIT School and Laine theatre arts. With DCD's support, Daniel has gone on to forge a hugely successful career as a womenswear designer, having recently showcased his collection during London and Paris Fashion Weeks.
"My transition was a gradual process.
I had always spent time outside of my theatre career to cultivate my other talents and abilities.
After being in Phantom of the Opera for three years as the cover slave master, I finally started to contemplate a career change as I was dancing less than in my early career. I knew that I wanted to continue working in the creative industries so spent my final year at Phantom really exploring what was out there by doing more classes to see where I was most suited.
I considered costume but eventually chose fashion design as much of the course is centred around cultural studies and construction of identity. This was particularly appealing at a time when I was discovering more about who I was as an individual beyond theatre and dance and performing.
In 2010 I was awarded the DCD Bursary and I got a place at the London College of Fashion on a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
I graduated from London College of Fashion in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, having been awarded the Nicolas Samuel celebratory Scholarship, and opened the 2014 London College of Fashion press show.
My total study time was 4 years full time.
My collection has been featured in many fashion magazines and online publications.
I was selected by my University to attend the Tuxedo Park Ball in New York City to show my collection as part of the Art Of Dress exhibition, that also went to Shanghai, Florence, Dubai, and finally in London at an exclusive event at St James Palace with the Countess of Wessex.
I also worked for a menswear designer for the past year assisting him in all aspects of his start up.
I recently showcased my collection during London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion week and Oxford Fashion week with the Oxford Fashion Studio who gave me a sponsored spot in their season's shows.
Deciding to change your career will have a huge impact on who you are as a person and you have to be mentally ready. It will be extremely challenging but 100% rewarding as you grow personally and develop new skills.
It was only in my final year of study that everything started to fall into place and my past career experience in theatre fused with the new skill set. This gave me a unique perspective and way of creating that set me apart from my peers and helped me succeed.
Being a dancer is a real privilege and achievement, If you’ve succeeded once in achieving your dream, I guarantee you can do it again.
Check out Daniel's website here.
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