Having just graduated from the University of Brighton I am excited to pursue a career in the fashion industry. As part of my education I took part in a placement year where I worked as a Showroom Assistant and Studio Assistant in New York, Paris and London for companies such as Eckhaus Latta and Opening Ceremony. I consider myself a loyal, passionate and enthusiastic worker.
3 month internship in their New York studio in Chinatown. Worked within a small, integral group of 4 interns in the development of their SS16 collection. Assisting directly to the designers Mike and Zoe, building on a strong knowledge in garment development and construction. Involved in drafting and correcting patterns, participating in fittings and sewing show samples. As well as being involved in the organisation of their NYFW show, the role also included liaising with the production warehouse model bookers and assisting with castings.
Role included styling for the instagram, dressing mannequins and organising displays. After assisting the visual merchandiser I was given the freedom to work on displays myself. Learning to present clothing in unique ways I developed a keen interest in curating and general presentation of the store. Gained skills in teamwork, advising customers and knowledge about vintage fashion, as well as exhibiting a good eye and passionate outlook on selling clothing.
Invited to join the sales team for the Paris Showrooms, gaining an nsight into sales techniques and liaising with stockists. Involved in advising the buyers on popular styles for their selection, learning the importance of the process. Dressed and styled models to present to the buyers, an was also involved in curating the space and assisted with visual merchandising and dispays. As well as welcoming buyers multiple daily tasks included running errands, organising files and line sheets and regularly contributing to the team by helping others to complete tasks.
Role included assisting the designer directly, working closely over two seasons. Day to day tasks included managing pattern adjustments, sewing and draping toiles and final garments. The team comprised of Ed, stylist Matthew Josephs and myself, often alongside one or two other interns. I assisted with the styling for photoshoots/lookbooks and both Fashion East shows at LFW. In the lead up to both SS15 and AW16 shows I assisted in model fittings as well as assisting in the organisation of the shows themselves. An intimate team, my role required a lot of responsibility. I also helped out in the curation of a Christmas display for London’s Ace hotel’s reastaurant - Hoi Polloi. Working in such a small team encouraged a close working relationshiop between Ed and myself, allowing him to give me a lot of responsibility.
Areas covered include: The design and production of a comprehensive fashion design collection in 2 and 3 dimensions and appropriate to an identified market sector. Enabling an experiment with a variety of materials shape, structures and media gaining knowledge and skills both theoretical and practical, and Fashion in Business Context.