Fashion Careers

How to Promote Yourself

As a creative student, it is important to find ways of standing out in a very competitive job market. One way you can achieve this is by promoting yourself and your work throughout your studies. Doing this can prove useful when you’re looking for a work placement, internship, or even a job when you graduate, as you’ll have a really strong and professional online presence. I’ve put together a few ideas of ways you can promote yourself throughout your studies.

#1 – Website or Blog

This is a great way to creatively share your work. You can design or find a website template that reflects your style, and share your work and personal experiences on your own website. It can look even more professional if you are able to buy your own website domain. This is an option that may be more suitable at the end of your second year or in your third year as it is an investment that may be more useful to you when you are about to graduate and are looking for your first job.

Below are some websites that are great for creating a blog or website:

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#2 – Artsthread

Artsthread is a website that allows you to sign up and upload your portfolio(s) of work. It’s a great place to upload your work as it’s a global network of creative students, graduates, institutions and brands. They have a large database of creative brands looking for new graduates, interns, and freelancers, so there are lots of opportunities to be discovered. Artsthread also have information on current design grants, competitions, internships, and exhibitions. It’s also a great place to look at other students work to be inspired, and see what your peers are up to.

#3 – LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business and employment focused social networking site. I advise creating an account, using a professional image of yourself, with all the information that you would find on your CV. This includes your education history, job history, achievements, volunteering experience, and skills. You can then use your profile to network with professionals in the creative industry, and stay connected with your peers and people you’ve worked with.

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#4 – Instagram

You can use any form of social media to promote yourself and your work in a professional manner, but as a creative with lots of visual work to share, I find that Instagram is the best social media option. It allows you to easily post images of your university work, and anything else that you work on outside of your university course. I recommend keeping your professional and personal social media accounts separate to ensure you appear professional to any future employers or clients. Instagram is another way you can network with your peers and professionals in the creative industries. Try following brands that you would like to work for in the future, as they sometimes post internship and job opportunities on their social media accounts.

 

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Career Advice


One of the things I struggled with when I was going through ‘the process’ from school to college and then to uni was getting ‘real’ advice. Yes, I got all the leaflets and attended all the school/college careers fairs, which were really useful, but I wished I got to hear more advice & information from people that had recently gone through the experience, specifically in fashion.

Now I have my own experience and want to share it with you!

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Finding a Summer Work Placement

With summer break just around the corner (or already started for some!), I’m sure the majority of students nationwide are dreaming of two to three months of no deadlines, no alarm clocks, and no coursework (WOOHOO!). However, as well as catching up on sleep, some students may also be looking for a great experience to add to their CV and learn some new skills.

A summer work placements is a great opportunity to network with people in your industry, learn new skills and get some experience on your CV. It can sometimes be difficult finding the right work placement for you, so I’ve put together some tips that I’ve learned over the years that might help.

#1  – Create an amazing CV

You need a CV to send to possible employers to let them know a bit about you. For a creative placement in a creative industry, try to find a creative way to display your contact information, education, work experience and skills on an A4 page. Make sure it is clear, but also eye-catching and relevant to the types of positions you want to apply for.

Find more of my CV writing tips here.

#2 – Write a cover letter

Sometimes you may need to send a cover letter along with your CV. A cover letter is a short letter that details why you are applying for the position, what relevant experience you have and states your availability. Don’t make it too general, try to tailor everything you say to the company and position you are applying for.

#3 – Research

Once you have your CV and cover letter sorted, start researching for possible placement opportunities. Think about what area of Fashion you may be interested in learning more about. If you’re already on a degree course, think about what role would complement your degree. Brainstorm some ideas of jobs you’d like to learn more about and companies that you may like to work for. If you need some help thinking of possible job roles in the fashion industry, this book is great to learn more about fashion jobs.

After you’ve had a think about what kind of roles and companies you may be interested in, have a look at these websites to find current opportunities that may suit you.

If there is a very specific brand that you are looking to intern for, another good option is to have a look at their social media profiles to see if there are any vacancies. If that fails, another idea is to email or phone them directly enquiring about an opportunity.

#4 – Apply!

Once you’ve found roles that you’re interested in applying for, start sending out your CV and cover letter and wait for responses. It may take a while to get responses from some companies as they may be busy, but hopefully, you’ll get a good few replies which may invite you for a face to face interview or telephone interview.

Remember, when you are applying for any job or internship the interview stage is as much about you working out if you want to work for the company/brand as it is about them working out if they think you’d be a good fit in their organisation, so try not to be too nervous or anxious.

I hope this helped some of you looking for work placement this summer, or at any other times in the year. I’d love to hear if any of you have any tips for your fellow students looking for a work placement, so tweet me @tizz_tazz if you do 🙂

CV Writing Tips for Fashion Students

Whilst you’re studying, it’s a good idea to have a CV made up as a working document. Throughout your course, you can keep a record of your achievements and experiences by updating your CV as you go along. This is really useful for when you’re looking to start applying for work placements and internships during summer and/or during University placement years/terms because your CV is always ready to send out!

Below I’ve listed a few tips that I’ve picked up through my two years at University may be useful in creating your CV, whatever stage of your course you’re in:

#1 – Make it eye-catching

Fashion is a competitive industry. There are hundreds, if not thousands of fashion students looking for opportunities, so try to make your CV as individual and eye-catching as possible. This is your chance to present yourself to the industry, so try to create a CV that reflects your personality as well as your academic achievements and experience.

#2 – Align to specific industry or particular company

Make sure all your information, including your skills and personal statement, are aligned with the industry or company you are targeting. If you are looking for a practical role, like a pattern cutter or machinist, ensure you list skills that demonstrate that you know how to use industrial machinery or create flat patterns or can drape on the stand etc.

#3 – Make sure it’s neat and easy to read

Companies can get sent hundreds of applications and CVs for a role. If your CV isn’t neatly presented and hard to read, it may get tossed aside. Ensure someone can pick up your CV and see the main points easily and clearly. Have a good think about how you are going to layout your CV. Try to keep it on one page if possible, and use bullets points to list your information.

#4 – Ensure you’ve included all the important info

CVs usually include; personal details (name, contact info), a profile/personal statement (just a few lines), education/qualifications, achievements, skills, experience, and references. You can also include any relevant interests if you think it will add to your application or show more of your personality.

Remember, sometimes it may be necessary to tailor your information depending on the industry/company you are applying to.

#5 – Get a second opinion

Once you’ve created a draft copy of your CV, have someone check it over for you. This could be a tutor, career advisor or parent. If you know someone that works in the industry/company that you want to apply to, ask if they wouldn’t mind checking it over too!

For more layout ideas and tips, have a look at this Pinterest board.

I hope these few tips have been useful for you! If you have any more tips you’d like to share, leave a comment below or tweet me @tizz_tazz.

Fashion Jobs: Interview with Seller Development Executive India Usher

My main aim when creating this Fashion Jobs series was to discover and share the variety jobs available in the fashion industry, including the one’s that people generally don’t think about when considering a job in fashion.

This week I am interviewing India Usher, a Seller Development Executive at ASOS Marketplace. This job is a great example of a fun, creative job in the fashion industry that you may not think about doing when looking for jobs in the industry!

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Name: India Usher
Job Title: Seller Development Executive at ASOS Marketplace

Q – Who is your favourite designer, artist or illustrator?
There are lots of brands that I love, a lot of them are on ASOS Marketplace; House of Sunny, Daughter of Jón, Alice Treehouse, Rianna Phillips, Sera Ulger and many, many more! My favourite artist has to be contemporary artist and friend Edward Waite – I’ve just commissioned a piece from him so I can’t wait to see it!

Q – Describe a typical day at work.
There is no typical day as such; my role is to provide support to all Independent and multi-brand boutiques. This includes working on tailor-made development plans to help boutiques improve the look and feel of their boutique in ways such as their social media presence, photography, products and branding to help them increase sales. I have lots of face-to-face meetings too, so I spend a bit of time travelling to see boutiques or they will come to the ASOS head offices, which they always love as it’s such a cool place.

Q – What is your favourite part of your job?
I love working to develop boutiques; watching them grow is amazing and so rewarding. It’s also lovely when I scout a boutique and see them go live on ASOS Marketplace. 

Q – What are the main skills that you think are needed for your job?
Creativity, a good eye for emerging design talent, strong communication skills, business savvy and good organisation skills are all key!

Q- What route did you take to get to where you are today?
I did a BTEC fashion & textile course and then went on to study fashion design at University. After university I did a few internships and then secured 
my first real job in fashion at the British Fashion Council.

Q – Did you always know that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?
Yes, 100% – from the age of 5 I was making bags from old jeans and drawing sketches. 

Q – What advice would you give to students aspiring to work in the fashion industry?
Work hard you will get there, this industry is very competitive but do not lose your determination. Be yourself – it’s extremely important.

A huge thank you to India for sharing her experience and advice with us! Why not have a look on ASOS Marketplace to see some of the brands that India works with here.

Fashion Jobs: Interview with Creative Director Chloe Hope King

This week I am interviewing Creative Director Chloe Hope King. Another very inspirational woman, and professional in the fashion industry, Chloe has started her own business and on asking her what her job title was her answer was ‘When starting your own company you actually end up wearing a lot of hats (so to speak) during the day to day running of the business! Each week I’m designer, maker, accountant, photographer, web designer.. the list goes on! But officially.. It’s Creative Director‘ which just goes to show the sheer hard work that goes into running your own business!

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Name: Chloe Hope King
Job Title: Creative Director (Officially!)

 

Q – Who is your favourite artist or designer?
It’s so difficult to pick a favourite! I’m constantly meeting such talented and inspiring people. A few current favourites I’d highly recommend checking out the work of; Designer – Jewellery designer Rowenna Harrison has such a unique style and her craftsmanship is on point, I was lucky enough to have her exhibit her jewellery label Rosita Bonita at the Christmas fair of an event I organise, Intrigue Emporium, a melting pot of outrageously creative British manufacturing designers and makers; Artist – Gustav Klimt, I still cannot get enough of gold leaf and Illustrator – Nina Dogmetchi of Imagination Illustrated. We met a few weeks ago at Renegade Craft Fair and her work and gorgeous personality blew me away!
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Q – Describe a typical day at work.
There really is no ‘typical day’. Day to day, season to season things are so different! Around the beginning of the year I get a little more time to design new collections, sample new pieces, get my admin in order, whereas in the run up to Christmas I’m doing markets/ pop-up shops every weekend and it’s pretty much all making, packaging, selling and the occasional pause for breath. For an example, here’s my plan for tomorrow –

  • I like to miss rush hour on the trains so I’ll arrive to the studio around 10ish if I don’t have any appointments and settle myself down with a herbal tea (the first of around 10! I’m not a coffee drinker) and reply to my emails. Then get the days to do list in order. I usually will have done this roughly the night before but things usually need tweaking.
  • Next I’ll get on and package orders and ship them out.
  • I’ll be interviewing a few students who have applied to do a work placement internship with me as part of their studies in the early afternoon.
  • Then I’ll be carrying on finishing off some final samples of new collection pieces, ready to be photographed early next week.
  • In between all this I’ll be juggling replying to new emails, I usually try to only check at set times of the day, but with so many events coming up I need to keep an eye out just in case of any last minute emergencies! As well as updating social media and organising the folks who are working on promoting the event with me.

I aim to leave around 6 usually, but this certainly doesn’t happen every day. I have the Intrigue Emporium event I organise this weekend, Pulse tradeshow the weekend after and Bust Craftacular Spring Fair the weekend after that so I’m pretty busy getting the new collections, displays and admin sorted for that so I’ll probably leave around 8 or 9pm.

Q – What is your favourite part of your job?
Designing and making. As I’m sure many creative business owners will agree – I do wish I got to spend a lot more time doing it though!

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Q – What are the main skills that you think are needed for your job?
Perseverance, sometimes it will feel like an insurmountable pile of work is ahead of me and late nights, especially in the early stages of a business are not uncommon.
A good sense of humour – things go right, things go wrong, I used to get terribly caught up in these things, now I just roll with it!
Multi-tasking, this one speaks for itself really, when starting up my business and it was just one then two people it was a case of getting stuck in with whatever needed to be done, whenever it needed to be done.

Q – What route did you take to get to where you are today?
I started A levels in Maths, Science (possibly Biology.. it was about 12 years ago so memory may not serve correctly!), Drama and Textiles, I then decided that I wanted to go the creative route so swapped out Maths and Science by A2 year for a BTEC in Fashion. Then I got my first job as a junior designer, designing prints and jersey wear for various high street retailers (ASOS, New Look, Freemans amongst others). The job advertised was for a graduate, I didn’t have a degree yet, but I wanted the job, and fortunately they liked me enough to let me have it! Then I went on to study at the London College of Fashion.

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Q – Did you always know that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?
In a way yes.. I also ‘knew’ I wanted to be a police officer, Doctor, lawyer, chef, pilot, shop keeper, Peter Pan…

Q – What advice would you give to students hoping to start their own businesses in the fashion industry?
Again, be prepared. It’s going to cost you a lot in the first year – financially, emotionally, lack of sleep. If it’s really what you want to do though, it’s 100% worth every second of it! There will be no doubt times when you wonder if you should just give up, but overcoming those challenges is when it really feels like a huge achievement to look back on how far you’ve come.

A huge thank you to Chloe for allowing me to interview her and sharing her experiences with us! If you would like to see more of Chloe and her work, click on the links below:

Website: esoteric-london.com
Twitter: @esotericldn
Instagram: @esotericldn

Fashion Jobs: Interview with Design Consultant Louise Ibak

This week, I am interviewing Louise Ibak, a design consultant who started her own business after working in that fashion industry as a designer for many years. She has a lot of great advice to share, so read on to find out more about her and her career path!

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Name: Louise Ibak
Job Title: Director of a Freelance Consultancy Design Business
Favourite Artist/Designer: I don’t have any particular favourites in terms of designers as it always changes each season depending on which collection inspires me the most. I love art of any form & I’m most inspired and influenced by details so the Pre-Raphaelite movement/Gustav Klimt/Religious art old & new particularly interest me and I love Escher. In terms of illustrations I find botanical & anatomical illustrations fascinating.

Q – Describe a typical day at work.

There is no typical day, as each day is different depending on sales info and where I am in terms of the design process. Fundamentally the design process is the only constant part of my job, but the details within that change daily (or hourly). The only certain part of my day is checking my emails in the morning then being able to react to change constantly after that.

Q – What is your favourite part of your job?

A large proportion of my job involves being part of meetings to represent design in a corporate environment, so it’s a real joy when I get to be creative and design something!

Q – What are the main skills that you think are needed for your job?

Although I think the expected answer to this question is ‘be a creative designer’ the reality is very different. The greatest skill required is to be flexible and adaptable always and to be able to work as a team & manage people and their expectations. The main & most important skills required are your people skills. Your creative skills get you a foot in the door, however it’s the other skills that keep you in the room.

Q – What route did you take to get to where you are today?

I did a BTEC and then a BA in Fashion Design. I was lucky enough to get a job straight after my course finished due to a project I worked on with an external clothing supplier.

Q – Did you always know that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?

Yes, I wanted to do this job since I was 6 years old!

Q – What advice would you give to students aspiring to work in the fashion industry?

Be very sure that this is the industry you want to be part of as there is a lot of competition and it is a very pressurised and competitive environment so you need to love what you do. Also, be flexible and open to any opportunities that come your way. Some of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve had in my career haven’t necessarily been more first choice!

A big thank you to Louise for sharing her experiences and being interviewed.

Fashion Jobs: Interview with Digital PR Director Elle Hankinson

If you love the idea of working in fashion, but don’t enjoy the practical side of fashion design, you might want to consider a career in fashion PR.

PR, or public relations is all about helping brands get exposure for their products. PR is a lot more subtle than advertising, as they focus more on image, trying to convince people that a specific brand is what they want to buy. This can be through celebrity endorsements or getting journalists to write good things about their brand and products.

PR is a very competitive area, especially in fashion, and it takes a lot of unpaid work experience to get into the industry. You usually need a degree to get in, but this can be related to fashion, business or literature.

This week I am interviewing Elle Hankinson. She is a Digital PR Director, but used to work as a Trend Forecaster, another amazing job in the fashion industry. Elle has some great experience in the fashion industry and advice for anyone thinking about a career in fashion.

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Name: Elle Hankinson
Job Title: Digital PR Director
Favourite Artist/Designer: Too many to mention – artists I love include Marina Abramovic & Cy Twomble. Illustrators – Marcus James’ work for Chloe is a favourite. Designers – Mme Grès, Sophie Hulme, Studio Nicholson and 90s Armani are a few I’m loving today.

Q – What is your job?
For 5 years I’ve worked as a Trend Forecaster, and am about to start a new role as a Digital PR Director. I also consult for companies spanning fashion, sports and lifestyle. So many skills are interchangeable these days and I love being able to apply them to different sectors and scenarios.

Q – Describe a typical day at work.
There is no typical day – that’s why I love my work! I travel a lot, so am often exploring a new city or meeting with clients. Obviously there’s a lot of computer time too.

Q – What is your favourite part of your job?
Constantly learning. It sounds corny, but when you’re working every day, evolving is important.

Q – What are the main skills that you think are needed for your job?
A creative eye, inquisitive nature, determination and an ability to see patterns & therefore trends.

Q – What route did you take to get to where you are today?
I studied French & Italian with History of Art at uni & there wasn’t an obvious path for me career-wise, but actually my languages have helped hugely, as the majority of fashion houses are based in Milan & Paris, so I often interview designers using my languages and having the arts knowledge to contextualise references is a huge help too.

Q – Did you always know that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?
Yes. I was always fascinated by fashion editorials in my mum’s Vogue magazines and I knew it was the industry I wanted to work in. Finding out what part of the industry is the tough bit!

Q – What advice would you give to students hoping to start their own businesses in the fashion industry?
Do as much work experience as you possibly can!!!!!! I know it’s hard to balance study, a paid job, work experience etc, but it really is the best opportunity to discover if that part of the industry is for you. Do as much as you can & be ready to work harder than you ever have done before. I receive approximately 50 applications for work experience every week, and so many of the applicants are hugely experienced, motivated & determined. These are the ones that stand out. Be that person!

A huge thank you to Elle for sharing her journey and advice. You can see more of Elle on her blog Run Like Elle and Twitter and Instagram pages.

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If you are interested in PR as a career, here are some useful links:

Fashion Jobs: Interview with Creative Pattern Cutter Johanna Greenish

This week we have an interview with Creative Pattern Cutter Johanna Greenish.

Pattern Cutters are responsible for taking ideas and bringing them to life in the form of garments! Pattern Cutters are in high demand in the fashion industry, as some designers are often great at coming up with ideas for designs, but don’t know how to make them a reality – which is why pattern cutters are so important!

If you think you’d be interested in becoming a patten cutter, or just want to find out more about the job, carry on reading to learn about Johanna’s journey to where she is today:

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Name: Johanna Greenish  
Job Title: Creative Pattern Cutter 
Favourite Designer: I loved Alexander McQueen – the cut of his work was just outstanding and design wise, he was very exciting.

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Image of Johanna’s pattern-cutting work

Q – Describe a typical day at work.
My workday varies from day to day dependent on what jobs I have on.  Usually I have up to five designers whose collections I work on at any one time, so I have to be flexible in how I schedule my days to fit around their needs and deadlines.  The majority of my day is spent cutting the actual patterns.  I will also have fitting sessions, when clients come to my studio with a model whom we fit the toiles on.  I then have several meetings a week with clients to discuss new work.

Q – What is your favourite part of your job?
I really enjoy it when I have a design that challenges me and becomes a journey of discovery, as I find out the route to the end result. The fit sessions are usually the first time that I see the toile worn by a model instead of on the mannequin and I find it very satisfying to see my work come to life. It is also an opportunity to work closely with the client and we work on the design together seeing what works and if any alteration is required.

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Image of Johanna’s pattern cutting work

Q – What are the main skills that you think are needed for your job?
Excellent pattern cutting skills! Also good time management and the ability to keep calm under pressure.

Q – What route did you take to get to where you are today?
I did a Fashion and Textiles BTEC before going on to the University of East London, where I obtained a First Class BA Hons Fashion Design Degree.

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Image of Johanna’s pattern cutting work

Q – Did you always know that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?
Yes! I was inspired by Vogue Magazine as a child, where I first saw the work of couture designers and the fashion photographers and artists who featured in it.

Q – What advice would you give to students aspiring to work in the fashion industry as a Pattern Cutter?
I would advise any aspiring pattern cutter to be as precise as possible with your own work and remember that every mistake is an either opportunity to learn or an unexpected new design idea! If you have the possibility to work with or get help from experienced pattern cutters then do. I did several short internships before being employed as a pattern cutter, which helped to make my CV look great and gave me an understanding of how the industry works.

A massive Thank You to Johanna for sharing her advice and experience with us! – If you would like to see more of Johanna’s work, click here.

If you’re interested in Pattern Cutting as a career, here are some useful links:

Fashion Jobs: Interview with Stylist Jessica Mae

The role of the Stylist has become increasingly desirable in recent years. Being a Stylist requires you to work with clients to find the right look for them. They can be working on magazine shoots, advertising campaigns, television shows and also for individuals. The job of a Stylist allows you to put your love of fashion and your knowledge of the industry together, to create outfits perfect for the client and situation.

This week, we are interviewing Stylist Jessica Mae. She is the CEO of her own company Jessica Mae Ltd – Image Consultancy where she works exclusively within the Fitness industry.

If you love the idea of being a Stylist, and want to learn more about it, continue reading to find out more about Jessica’s journey to where she is today, and her advice to aspiring Stylists:

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Name: Jessica Mae
Job Title: Stylist & CEO of Jessica Mae Ltd
Favourite Artist/Designer: Ooh. I don’t know if I have a single favourite designer. I love to mix and match brands and different styles based on my mood. But I love modern tailoring and I’m a sucker for a Haider Ackermann Blazer!

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Q – Describe a typical day at work.
What I love is that there pretty much isn’t a Typical Day with what I do. Most days I’ll be liaising with the Personal Trainers & Fitness experts I work with, discussing any ideas as to what clients typically would love to see in the styling packages we offer. I also do a few speaking engagements and that is really fun – give me a mic and you’ll struggle to get me off! ☺ In addition to working with my private client base, I style Athletes and Sports Presenters for more high profile engagements such as TV appearances which is always great fun.

Q – What is your favourite part of your job?
Definitely connecting with clients. I love fashion, I love being fit – but by far what I love most is being able to meet and connect with incredible individuals, both as clients as well as business partners.

Q – What are the main skills that you think are needed for your job?
I trust my intuition a lot. I’m fortunate to have an incredible business mentor who’s helped me mould the business into what it is today. It has been a combination of having a keen eye for fashion, and genuine knowing of what both myself and my clients like and don’t like – being true to that, then having a strong business model to back it up. Aside from those, genuinely wanting to connect with people is crucial. A lot of what I do is build relationships which you can’t outsource!

Q – What route did you take to get to where you are today?
I had a mixed background. I did a Textiles AS Level (etc.). But even before that I’d been sewing and designing womenswear for as long as I remember. I grew up with my mum sewing so it was natural for me, and I loved the creative outlet. Whilst in secondary school I developed my sewing and design skills further, and was fortunate enough to end up showing at London Fashion Week for Vauxhall Fashion Scout which was an incredible opportunity. But all along fashion was just my “hobby”. I then went on to study my other passion – business law, which was what my degree was in, but came out of uni and couldn’t help but fall back into fashion. Along the journey I’ve undertaken Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Bespoke Tailoring & Styling courses at London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins which gave a foundation to my otherwise, self-taught skills.

Q – Did you always know that you wanted to work in the fashion industry?
Yes & No. I knew I’d always eventually do something with fashion, but I also knew that I wanted to work for myself and to start my own business.

Q – What advice would you give to students aspiring to work in the fashion industry as a Stylist?
To get experience – You don’t know what you genuinely like and want to do until you’ve explored every possible avenue you can get your hands stuck in. I didn’t ever think I’d be a stylist, my intention was to focus on designing womenswear – until I ran my label for a while and realised I actually didn’t enjoy it. Shadow people, don’t shy away from any experience, it’ll only serve to direct you closer to what your true calling is.

Q – What advice would you give to students hoping to start their own businesses in the fashion industry?
I’d say running a business isn’t the same as having incredible fashion related skills. Get a clear idea as to whether you’ d prefer just being creative under a great fashion house, or whether you like the game of business enough to want to play at both. And if doing it your way is what you want then get a mentor who has been there and will show you the ropes!

A huge Thank You to Jessica for sharing her advice and experience with us! – If you would like to learn more about Jessica’s business click here.

If you’re interested in Styling as a career, here are some useful links: