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Fashion Internship at Alexander McQueen

We're proud of Holly Simpson (OG 2007-2014) who was selected for a six month placement at Alexander McQueen
19 May 2018
Written by Holly Simpson
Holly Simpson at Alexander McQueen
Holly Simpson at Alexander McQueen

I studied my foundation course at Central St. Martins in Art and Design. I experimented in each pathway and realised I particularly loved textiles, however, I was more interested in seeing fabrications on the body which is why I quickly found myself specialising in Fashion Design: Womenswear.

After my Central St Martins Foundation, I accepted a place on the BA Fashion Degree course at the University of Westminster, which better suited my world. I went through many sleepless nights and deadlines to meet, but I began to really learn and love what I was doing. 

I am now on my placement year where I have been lucky enough to work at Alexander McQueen completing my last month of the six-month placement. On my first day, I found myself sitting in the reception, and written on a grand sign under the front desk was “Alexander McQueen”. Anxiously, I waited to be greeted and taken upstairs to be shown around each department.

Initially, being an intern, I felt overwhelmed and it was tough. I really pushed myself into everything, asking as many questions as possible. After a couple of months I found myself very close within my team and I was given more and more responsibilities, including painting, drawing artworks, researching, going though fabrics and designing print artworks. I was able to see the whole collection and its development from start to finish.

Towards the end of the internship, I created some print designs that were selected for the Autumn/Winter 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week which I was thrilled about. The excitement only hit me when I arrived at the atelier in Paris, a week before the show, and my print was on rolls of fabrics and being cut out on the atelier’s table and sewn up into final show garments. I never expected it to happen so I am very grateful for the opportunity. I have now moved to Paris and I am working at Parisian label Balmain for the next six months to finish my work experience year at University which will be followed by the year of my final collection in 2019.

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