Madeleine Ayers – where do I start. She’s a talented designer, a blogger wanted by everyone from Graduate Fashion Week to Vauxhall Fashion Scout, she’s interned for numerous big names in fashion and now she’s entered the Elle Intern 2012 competition!!
The Elle Intern Competition is open to all current interns and gives 10 lucky winners the chance to take over ELLE UK for one month and put together their October issue. Sounds great I know, but I’m afraid the deadline has now passed and it’s time to show your support for your favourite applicants!
Maddy has applied for Fashion Editor and I know she would be incredible…just look at the mood board she submitted…this girl is good!
So Maddy is a dear friend of mine and I knew she was a serial intern…but I didn’t know she had done SO MUCH!!
“After my art foundation I interned with a small designer Monday to Friday at the start of summer, learnt how to pattern cut, use an industrial machine and style a shoot. I collated my saved money and moved to London to intern for Olivia Rubin, and have stayed in touch to this day. I have worked at London Fashion Week off and on-schedule every season since I arrived; firstly doing the standard heavy lifting and standing around, and then upgrading to the writing team where I had the opportunity to write show reviews, meet and interview incredible people…It was a dream, and it was achieved through never saying no and always being willing to get stuck in, regardless of how big or small a job is. The most important pieces of advice I have for an intern is to use your common sense, use it with a smile, a sense of urgency and never say no.
The next placement I took on was in my summer break, this time with designer Julian J Smith. It gave me an insight into how difficult this business is, and reminded me that however stressed I feel right now, after I graduate my stress levels will increase exponentially. I worked at Giles from just before Christmas up to April this year. Insane hours, insanely beautiful collections…A learning experience unlike no other and I hope to return. My latest experience has been one of the most incredible and memorable of my life. Graduate Fashion Week gave me opportunities I would never have even dreamt I would be able to experience at this point in my journey. It was also an incredible educational experience, and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon!”
WOW OH WOW MADDY!! And if that wasn’t enough as well as all these placements she has just completed her second year of a womenswear degree (which is a Monday to Sunday workload!!!) AND she has a 15 hour part time job in London’s most famous department store! She works incredibly hard, and is incredibly talented, so I think it would be a shame not to show your support for Madeleine Ayers.
If you fancy hearing more from Maddy visit her awesome blog thegirlwithnowings.tumblr.com . She constantly inspires me with her amazing instagram skills and beautiful illustrations/designs.
So Maddy, why should you be ‘Fashion Editor’ of ELLEUK?…
“I work hard, I learn fast, I listen, I have my own point of view, I know what is going on in terms of trends, I know what looks good aesthetically but also understand that truly original aesthetic perfection can not be achieved alone. If studying design has taught me anything, it’s that fast fashion can choke creativity. Designers are seemingly being forced to produce more, for less, in a shorter space of time to simply survive. But in reality, I believe that this isn’t true. I believe that people are simply being even more creative, and that’s what I want to prove to the world as acting fashion editor. I want to highlight the beauty being created in a story pertinent to the season. I want to highlight the household names, juxtaposed to the young London creatives as I believe in terms of quality; there is no differentiation.”
Support Maddy for Fashion Editor for #ELLEintern2012 by clicking here and liking her submission! Tweet about it too perhaps?! Or Pinterest it if you fancy!?! However you wish to support her, please do. She’s awesome! x