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How to Work in Fashion with A Non-Fashion Background

November 12, 2018


Aimee Song interviewed several of her friends who worked in the fashion industry with non-traditional backgrounds. Here's what they said about how they entered the industry:



1. Clemens Firmin: Social Media to Influencer PR

Clemens is responsible for digital communication at Louis Vuitton and she handles everything influencer-related.

Her first job after graduation was managing social media for a search engine company. She wrote blogs and a reader told her about a social media internship opening at Louis Vuitton. She was hired after the internship and started her job managing the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts for Louis Vuitton. When the team expanded, she decided to work in influencer PR. 



2. Virgil Abloh: DJ to Designer

The famous creator of Off-White actually started in music as a DJ and went on to work for Kanye West in art direction before he started his own brand.

Virgil's biggest advice for those who do not have a background in fashion is to "just make things" and "critique it and worry about it afterwards." Traveling the world also gave him inspirations.



3. Natalie Joos: Casting Agent to Designer

Natalie majored in Journalism in college who did not go to fashion school or business school. 

She found herself an internship in the industry while working for the national Belgian television. She was originally a casting director and offered to intern for a fashion show she saw there.

Two things that helped her set foot in the industry are internships and traveling. Learning to speak French and finding an internship in Paris both shaped her career into what it is right now.



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