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Saturday, 24 July 2010

FASHION INTERNSHIPS ARTICLE

Check out this very interesting in the Guardian today: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/jul/24/fashion-industry-interns

It mainly focuses on a couple of interns who've worked in the studio of Alexander McQueen, and while their stories seem unfair, there are no surprises here, and nothing different to what most interns go through. I say most, however when I did my work placement during my uni years, I did get paid (and a pretty decent salary too, on a par with what most graduates get in their first roles). I'm fully in agreement with the argument that if an intern is doing a proper job on a long term basis, then in an ideal world they should be paid at least something for it (and not just expenses either). But especially during a recession, many fashion labels would go out of business if they had to pay everyone they employed. Like the article mentions, the majority of small UK based labels only survive with the the help of an army of interns. Meanwhile, the interns are barely surviving - living on thin air, or the lucky ones funded by their parents. So, what's the solution? Sadly, I don't think there is one. Fashion is the type of industry where there will always be huge competition and scores of people queueing up to offer to work for free - this problem is likely to get worse before (if?) it ever gets better.

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