Wednesday, 25 May 2011

When I grow up...

We must admit we’re a bit nosy - so carrying on our ‘When I Grow Up...’ features, we’ve interviewed Antonia Kraskowski, junior stylist at the Daily Express, for the details on her exciting job and how she got there. Enjoy!

Have you always been interested in fashion? My parents both have fashion-oriented careers so I guess it’s permeated from a young age - there were always copies of Vogue lying around when I was younger, although I went through a few years when my parents were convinced I’d be an engineer because I was always building things.

How did you get your start in the fashion industry? I originally worked as a costume assistant in films and television on and off since I was 16. I was in-between projects and wondering what to do with myself when the opportunity came up to do a one month placement in the fashion cupboard at a magazine. After the first day, I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to do. 

What made you go into styling? I’ve always loved clothes - when I was little, I used to spend my half terms stapling bin bags onto mannequins to make elaborate dresses or in my dad’s workshop making earrings. These days, my love of clothes is less DIY and more bulging wardrobes. I get great pleasure out of playing with clothes and I think that if you can turn your greatest pleasure into your profession then that’s the best thing in the world.

Describe your average day? No two days are the same in my workplace - some days I’ll spend the whole time firing off emails requesting samples, researching stories and generally tied to my computer while others I might spend a morning waist high in samples editing a story that I’ll shoot in the afternoon. Working for a newspaper is very fast-paced and you need to be fairly flexible because you never know what’ll happen in the next hour.

What do you think is the most important factor in getting a job/ internship in the fashion industry?  I think a good work ethic will take you a long way. It’s all very well turning up to the office in an outfit worthy of i-D but if you can’t walk to the photocopier in your killer heels, it’s not a good start. You’ve got to be prepared to pitch in and be very, very determined. Once you do a good job at one internship, word gets around and you’ll find a lot of doors to new opportunities will open up. 

What were your motivations behind starting your blog, Thirty DaysI’ve blogged on and off since I was 15. I was actually doing a shoe clear out and I’d taken photos of all of my shoes in categories before and after the cull. When I showed people at work the following on Monday, someone commented that I had enough shoes to wear a different pair every day for a month and I thought it’d be a fun, one-off challenge and that I’d document it for my friends as well as it being a way of sharpening my writing skills which had been somewhat neglected since I’d left university. I never thought it would develop in the way that it has and that I’d still be doing it a year later.

Do you see yourself continuing your career in fashion? Definitely. My friends and I sometimes play the ‘what would you do if you weren’t doing what you’re doing’ game and I honestly draw a blank every time.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to get into the fashion industry? It’s a tough industry to get your foot in the door but persistence is the key. Work hard and people will notice.

 By Michaela Lock

2 love letters:

Jess Heath MUFX said...

I love these type of posts, fantastic interview!

Laura. said...

really nice interview, very insightful !

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