PGC Condé Nast Careers in Fashion talk

On Monday 13th November, we were very lucky to welcome Ms Zoe Souter, from the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design, to give us an insight into what it is like to work in the fashion industry and the vast career opportunities that are available.

Ms Souter's talk was incredibly engaging, and her advice and inside knowledge was invaluable to us all. She began by explaining to us the concepts for the new revolutionised British Vogue, under Edward Enninful as the new editor. His vision is incredibly exciting and really emphasises the value of the young, fresh generation, as well as highlighting topics such as race, gender and body type to broaden the reach and perspectives of British Vogue.

The fashion business is an absolutely huge industry, amounting to three trillion dollars per year worldwide, £26 billion from the UK alone, and is growing at a rate of 5.5% annually. This makes it a good industry for young people to consider, as there are many jobs that need savvy, bright and inventive individuals. New jobs are being created all the time, with titles such as 'Visual Storyteller' or 'Social Media Manager' - jobs perfect for the tech-native youths of today - and the fashion industry employs over 1 million people in the UK.

Ms Souter stressed to us that in the fashion industry there is a place and a job for everybody - not just fashion designers and stylists as some may believe; the industry needs lawyers, accountants, coders, packaging designers, property managers, photographers, journalists, PR professionals, advertisers, graphic designers, IT experts and many more roles not necessarily associated with fashion.

I can also agree, having done a placement with Dior in Paris, that the industry is diverse and exciting. You certainly do not have to be dressed in designer clothes and wearing the highest heels every day, and, contrary to some interpretations, it is a very friendly, collaborative industry - not at all like The Devil Wears Prada.

All in all, Ms Souter’s talk was incredibly informative, engaging and inspiring, and was very much enjoyed by the girls who attended. She advised those of us who are passionate about the industry to be ourselves, be brave, to take every single opportunity that comes our way and to get as much experience in the industry as we can.

We were very privileged to have Ms Souter visit and take the time to talk to us in College, and thank you very much to Mrs Mooney for organising the event.

Annabelle Hoy (SFC2)