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Breaking into fashion at 16: A young blogger’s perspective

March 3, 2011

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Korinna Williams

OK, since I was young I’ve always been interested in fashion.

I used to design random things in my spare time, and would use the Internet to search different styles and designs I liked. I also started dancing a couple of years ago, which I fell in love with — but I never really shared my opinions on these things with anyone.

So I started my blog, ‘Dream Believe Achieve,’ a while back. It was really more of a hobby to post things I found interesting: fashion, music, dance, entertainment etc. I got quite a lot of positive feedback, and through the blog, I started hearing about other talented young individuals. I’m 16, but I started my blog when I was 15.

Some of the people I got to know more through blogging were Adeen(Remy & Jovany), Great $cott and Justin Antonius, to name a few. All of these people are connected to fashion in some way — some even have their own lines and brands. I want to learn more about what is involved in designing and making clothes professionally, and some of the stories I heard from them about the fashion industry made me really want to be involved.

So I went around trying to look for an internship in my area. I must have e-mailed and phoned at least 10 places before I finally got my internship, and I’m so glad I got turned down at the others because I love the one I’ve got!

To be honest, on my first day, I didn’t know what to expect! To make a good impression, I showed up 10 minutes early at 1:50 p.m. I was off school that week, so I decided to make the most of it and work during the day rather than in the evening. When I turned up outside the address they gave me, I started to panic and think, “What have I got myself into?!”

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The warehouse where I intern in Manchester, UK

It was a big old warehouse, but the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is perfect for this location. Inside was a studio with loads of different sections: a graffiti section, a graphic design bit, a part for setting up runway shows and a big board in the middle where all the clothes design happens. There were these big wooden tables with all sorts of materials under them, and there were hundreds of needles and pins in little coloured trays dotted around. They all seemed really pretty, until you poke yourself in the finger with them about 50 times because of your lack of sewing skills! Anyways …

There were huge boxes full of designs, canvases dotted around and models that you can make clothes on. Each section was separated using some form of creativity — whether it be old curtains, painted canvases or even a row of mannequins; it just looked cool! It was, honestly, like heaven for any designer.

My first day went well. I helped out sorting design patterns. It was quite a boring process because after about 10 patterns it becomes repetitive, and 190 patterns later I was done and it was time to go home. It wasn’t exactly design work, but it was something that needed to be done, and I’m the intern, so I had to do it.  Oh, and the doughnut I got at the end helped!

While I was writing down each pattern, all I could think was when I have my own line and interns working for me, I will never forget that this was the first task as an intern I ever had to do. The people there were nice; everyone was creative and designing and doing their thing. I learned a lot and I can’t wait to learn more.

I’ve only interned for two days so far, and both days were so completely different in many ways. On my second day, I learned how to use a sewing machine and started making my own jacket. It’s a difficult process, especially when you’re being stopped to make coffees or answer the buzzer, but I honestly enjoy helping and being in that environment.

I’d definitely recommend anyone to get an internship. It’s a really good learning opportunity, even if you aren’t always doing exactly what you want.

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Alesha March 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hi…im 16 as well and I always wanted to do a summer internship or even before then, but i don't know how to get started. Can you please help me because this will look really good on my college application. Thanks!

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Gambling directory December 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Amazing, this informative article was only a few things i needed. Many thanks for publishing it.

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Corina January 14, 2013 at 6:53 am

Hey,
I'm 16. I've been turned down by a few because I need more experience and am not 18…so no luck for me so far, but I still haven't lost hope! I love fashion design and the intern work you did sounds exactly what I'm looking for, and I must admit I envy you for that! :D I live in the South West of England so it's pretty hard to find work since their mostly London based. The only jobs I can find are working in a retail, and I honestly would rather not. I had work experience before in Benetton and I hated it. So lets just say design is what I'm aiming to find.
Yeah overall, I just want to know if you used a site to find 16year old fashion intern jobs, Had contacts? I don't know..just please help me out, so far my CV is blank!!!
Thanks x

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Nailah October 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm

This sooo inspired me!! I've had so many of the same intrest I loved fashion since forever and reading this has me to believe I could get an internship!! I so deeply want to get into the fashion industry. I learned how to sew and use patterns. Its just a matter of looking to find where any place is hiring. Im 15 but by the summer I'll be turning 16 but searching ahead of time, early bird gets the worm and everything. Artcle helped Thanks a ton!!

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