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18-04-2005
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Ok im not sure if this is the rite place to ask but ill ask any ways. This year in my school we do work experience. I live here in the uk. Well any ways i really want to do myn in something fashion oriantated, b ut im not sure were to ask etc. does any one have the address or details of any companies etc. that would be worth a try asking. Hope this makes sense lol

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Srry i can't help you tiamaria....

I'm also looking for a experience job in the fashion sector...I really want to find out how it is in the fashionworld...so when I gratituade from highschool, I can make choses in wich direction I will go...
Could somebody help me? btw. I live in Belgium in Antwerpen

 
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its ok, i was begining to think my post had gone un-noticed

 
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It depends where you live, Tia. Most of the fashion companies are in London, so unless you are able to travel there every day, you will obviously need to look closer to home - so that may be a smaller designer who would need someone to help out with office tasks or a shop that could introduce you to their buying department....It really depends where you are and what would be an option in your area.

 
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yeah i was thinking that but then i was thinking more of high street chains which take on work experience people and have stores etc nation wide or something

 
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Depends if you're also looking for money, or just experience. If you only want experience and no cash, there's a whole bunch of companies out there who would be ready to take you. Just browse on the net fashion related websites of designers in your area and contact them by e-mail explaining what you have to offer.

 
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id do it for free as its work experience and you dont get paid for doing that.
Yeah thats worth a thort. Thanks for your help im so whats the word undisive, i can never make desisions by my self lol

 
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Ok.....here's what you do......

Think of some brands, or chainstores or designers you want to work for - don't be too fussy - fashion trade gets swamped with requests for experience and IMO it doesn't matter whether it's Burberry or TopShop, it's all valid experience.

Directory enquires - call them and ask for head office phone number of whoever it is.
Call the number and ask to speak to the design manager (if they ask you why you are calling - be honest, they may or may not put you through to the design manager).
Once you get through to someone ask if they take students on work experience. If they do, they'll probably ask you to write in with a c.v.....
I'ts fine to call once and check if they got your c.v. but don't harrass them, they are busy people and they won't appreciate it. If they want to see you, they'll be in touch, no amount of nagging will change that.
Don't give up after five rejections. I took a girl on a couple of years ago who was very talented yet still had to send out seventy letters to get a single two week placement!

Before you ask - I'm not doing placements at the moment. I work from home so its not practical.

Good luck!

 
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thanks for all your help you are all so kind

 
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Yeah, I know someone who just rang Fenwicks [a major department store] and asked to shadow their buyer for a week and got accepted just like that. So it's worth trying everywhere you know...

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Hey Guys,

I'm studying abroad next year in a town just outside Paris and was looking for ideas or places that I could intern. (in Paris) I'm really looking for any kind of fashion related internship but am really interested in fashion marketing/advertising.

If anyone could give me any leads or tips, preferably english/french speaking companies or magazines that would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks so much for any help!

 
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I think it's concepts in Paris (lingerie company) take on graduates/undergrads for internships...I'm not sure whether it's just if you have certain contacts or not but you could always get in touch with them, I'm not sure what kind of areas exactly they offer internships in ... maybe you'd try a bit of everything or shadow one of the main people in the company. I think conepts is the correct name...hope it's of some help, good luck

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Many companies in Paris take interns, its called a "stage" you probably knew that.....for example LVMH has a program. I know someone who interned at Chaumet in marketing as well.
Most of the big fashion companies' websites have a stagiare category in their employment section, just start sending your CV everywhere and clarify that you are currently a student since most interships require student status.
hope that helps a little, I have been looking for a job here for a year now and it is really hard but an internship may be easier to get.

 
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thanks so much for the help!


aidadinner, do the fashion houses take english speaking students? to my knowledge most are bilingual. i do speak french but it is a bit rusty and i'm hoping an internship will help me improve. thanks!

 
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i am interested in interning while I pursue a fashion design degree. I am clueless as to how to go about this though. I would imagine all the companies get flooded with requests for internships and don't really want to hire anyone without any experience. Any information or advice would be adored

 
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