INTERVIEW - MARY SINCLAIR

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Q: What's it like going from completing your degree to working for a world-recognised luxury brand?

A: It has been non stop! I graduated in June and then started working in the design team at Karen Millen the next week. I've really enjoyed my time so far with Karen Millen. I have learnt so much over the last six months. I've not only been working with garments, but also with accessories, which I find really interesting.

 

Q: What inspires you the most?

A: I love travelling to different countries and experiencing their culture and history, whether that's through going to art galleries, trying new food, looking at the architecture or landscape. A perfect example of this would be the inspiration behind my collection which fused together coastal erosion from the beaches around the north coast of Scotland and the man-made stone erosion of the sculptures from the Louvre in Paris.

 

Q: What was the biggest influence on your graduate collection?

A: My internship at Zac Posen in Paris over the summer before I started my graduate collection. I was an assistant for the Resort 2017 Paris Market Week, which enabled me to examine the detail couture dresses are made to up close and really set a precedent for the standard I looked to achieve in my own collection.

 

Q: What's currently happening in the world of fashion that really excites you?

A: British Vogue's new editor-in-chief Edward Enninful has recently released his first issue and I'm really excited to see how he will reshape such a principal part of the British fashion industry. I was pleased to see he has expanded his team with a  diverse range of people that have a history with fashion, in particular the appointment of Pat McGrath as beauty editor. She is a rising star in the world of fashion make-up and a creative inspiration.

 

Q: What's the best piece of advice you could give to someone just starting out in the fashion industry?

A: To intern for as many different brands and areas of the industry as possible. Having experience really helps to not only solidify which area you would like to pursue for your career, but also push your own creativity and ideas.

 

Q: How much do you hold your degree responsible for your success compared to your work ethic and determination?

A: I believe they compliment each other. When looking at job advertisements often you will find the qualifications needed is a degree of a certain level. I wouldn't be in my position and current job if it wasn't for my degree. I wouldn't have had the opportunity to show a collection that I had created at Graduate Fashion Week without it. GFW is such an amazing platform to meet and connect with people from the industry. I think my degree helped mould me into the creative that I am today.

 

Q: If you could work with any other figure in the industry for a day, who would it be and why?

A: Iris van Herpen. I find her clothes and collection presentations fascinating. The way she uses technology such as 3D printing to create her beautiful designs is really interesting and a real contrast to the classic tailoring that I was taught at the Norwich University of the Arts while studying fashion.

 

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years time and what can we expect to see from you?

A: I would like to be working for a British heritage designer or label that has substance and a history behind it.