UEL fashion student lands coveted internship
31 May 2022
University of East London fashion student Maddie France has landed a prized internship which will see her working with fashion bible Vogue.
Maddie, who studies MA International Fashion Business at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, beat a competitive field to secure the eight-week placement with Fashion Crossover London at its HQ at Canary Wharf.
As part of the coveted internship, she will be mentored by Fashion Crossover London founder Sing Wang and work with the team behind British Vogue on their special Winter Edition.
Fashion Crossover London was set up in 2015 by entrepreneur Mr Wang to promote slow fashion and sustainability while celebrating craftsmanship and individuality.
The company champions designers from around the world who support and share its core values, and connects them with international fashion buyers, stylists and industry professionals. It is widely recognised as being one of the leading culture-changing businesses in the world of fashion.
Speaking about the internship, Maddie said, "This is an unbelievable opportunity. I have always been deeply interested in fashion and would love to use the skills I have gained over the past few years to develop them further into a job I am passionate about.
"This mentorship means a lot to me because it is an opportunity to experience the fashion industry - I still can't quite believe I'll be working with the Vogue team - while developing and gaining new skills, both business and creative.
"I'm hoping that while there, under the direction of Mr Wang, I can gain a broader insight to how the fashion industry works and to learn new skills. I especially would like to improve on my digital marketing skills and learn how the company works to connect graduates with industry professionals through its photoshoots and networking."
Fashion Crossover London is just one of the many businesses and networks with which the University Fashion Department has strong links. These successful industry partnerships ensure students receive enriching opportunities and experience throughout their course and, when they leave the University, they have the right skills and connections required to succeed in their careers.
These deep-rooted and wide-reaching links to industry are what attracted Maddie to study at the University of East London.
"UEL is a fantastic university which is great for networking and connecting with industry contacts," she said.
"I researched extensively what would be the best course for me. I came across Kent Le and his programme MA International Fashion Business. I was so impressed how his programme consistently received 100 per cent student satisfaction through the National Student Survey and was blown away by the numerous industry projects he brought onto this amazing, industry-ready course. So, it was a no brainer."
She added, "Choosing UEL for MA studies is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I am so glad I made that decision and look at where I am now: starting my new chapter working in the perfect dream job."
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