I began working at KITX (Sydney) in January 2020 and I am continuing to support the team. During my time here I have assisted across multiple departments including Design, Production and Sales for the development of their Trans-seasonal and Spring/Summer collections. By working closely with the Design Coordinator I observed how a whole collection is produced from the initial designs, to fitting toiles, creating samples, mass production, marketing and sales. I was a part of the Spring/Summer campaign shoot as well as multiple e-commerce shoots. Further-more I assisted with Wholesale meetings, Warehouse and Online Virtual Sales to ensure that these events ran smoothly.
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival ran between the 4th and the 12th of March and was a great success. I was invited to work backstage as a Stylist Assistant for The Iconic’s first runway presentation and collaborated with the head stylist and her team to ensure that the 65 looks were perfect for the runway. This involved stock-taking all the garments, creating specification sheets and fitting all the garments on over 20 models.
I undertook a 6-week placement with Bianca Spender between January and February 2020 in Sydney. Bianca’s team at this time was working towards a new way to become carbon neutral throughout the company and its production and I was fortunate to work alongside them with research for this.
Secondly, I was able to assist with the production of a fabric bible for the team, to help them further analyse the benefits and disadvantages of each fabric that was being used in their current collections to take greater steps in becoming more sustainable. I also supported with sample cutting, fabric testing and Dispatch.
From September to December 2019 I interned with Ginger & Smart who are a sustainable Ready to Wear fashion house based in Sydney, Australia. During this period I worked closely with the Design Coordinator, whilst also assisting Garment Technicians, Senior Designers, Pattern Cutters, Production and Dispatch. Working across multiple departments presented a well-rounded view of the whole company and enabled me to learn from a variety of people.
Day to day tasks would include cutting out fabric, organising the show room, assisting seamstresses, measuring garments and creating fabric yields. I was also asked to assist with larger projects such as running sample sales and helping back stage at a fashion show.
Alongside my work at Ginger and Smart, I spent time with Mink Pink in Sydney (part time) for 2 months. I worked directly with the Design Team assisting with fittings, sketching mock ups and collecting images for a trend-forecasting presentation, at which I presented my concepts for on-going and future trends.
I was also asked to assist an e-commerce photo shoot where I worked directly with the Stylist helping with steaming, organising clothes and dressing the models. Other daily tasks included taking photos of garments for e-commerce, assisting with an in house sample sale and organising fabrics.
During the summer of 2018 I interned with Ralph & Russo in London. I assisted Seamstresses with the creation of dresses for A/W18/19 Collection as well as client pieces. I worked the final days before the Paris show, assisting the Embroidery team with the final touches to all the pieces. Over the rest of my internship I supported Pattern Cutters with tracing and drafting patterns as well as collaborating with colleagues from different departments to create toiles.I learnt how to work effectively in a high pressure environment under strict time constraints, sewing to professional standards to produce Haute Couture.
In the summer of 2019 I was invited back to freelance for the 19/20 AW collection. These are two of the dresses I helped to create.