Fashion graduate scores dream job
Armed with a folio of designs from her Holmesglen fashion studies, graduate Samantha Walters scored her dream job, working for a major Melbourne-based fashion label.
As Melbourne Fashion Festival draws to a close, Sam describes her new career and how the Certificate IV in Applied Fashion design and Merchandising set her up for success.
“I’m currently a Junior Menswear Sample Coordinator for Stüssy, Misfit and Xlarge. My responsibilities include measuring and fitting garments for quality control, product set up, communicating with suppliers, assisting with photoshoots and online descriptions.”
Sam says the most valuable lesson she learned at Holmesglen was, “how a garment is constructed and the ways it can be manipulated to create a different look”.
“I learned how each part of a garment fits together and the importance of a few millimetres through Pattern Making, and how the properties of different fabrics affect a garment in Fibres and Fabrics. Making a folio in Design was incredibly useful for showing my skills during interviews.”
Sam credits the course facilities and programs available for helping build her confidence to work in the industry.
“Using industrial sewing machines was incredible and being able to use programs like WGSN and Illustrator was so useful for getting to know the industry.”
Her advice to anyone considering studying Fashion at Holmesglen?
“Work hard and take pride in your work. It will help you get a job in the long run if you’re able to show your work and be confident in it.“
And for those looking for a job in fashion?
“Have fun with job application; put your personality into it so they have a better idea of who you are. Take every opportunity you can because it all helps to build your career in fashion”.