On Monday evening, the fashion designer Beatrice von Tresckow came to Ashmead to talk to interested pupils from the Third Form to Upper Sixth about her business and career as a high-end womenswear designer. Beatrice has stores in Montpellier in Cheltenham, Portobello Road in London, Kitzbühel in Austria and Berlin in her native Germany. Pupils were regaled with colourful stories of her eclectic upbringing in Afghanistan, India and Africa; the influences of which are clear to see in her designs. She talked about the risks that she took; some worked, some didn’t, and the overriding message was one of opportunities and making the most of those presented to you. There were photos and questions and even the opportunity for one of the pupils to model some of her outfits. It was an informal, inspiring and informative evening.