Vanessa was born and raised in the countryside in Northern Ireland. Following graduation from the University of Dundee, she divided a year working in practice and riding a horse around the Gobi desert in Mongolia. She then moved to London to work in fashion, going on to live and work internationally including Paris, Milan, Havana, Cape Town and Dubai.
Drawing on her architectural interest while on fashion shoots, more recently she has freelanced in set design and production for high-end clients, culminating in the creation of a 12 metre razor blade chandelier for The Met Ball (NYC). Alongside studying at the LSA, Vanessa enjoys kick boxing, cooking, and designing furniture. While studying at the LSA she is working with SODA.