JENNA RUTH FLOOD
Jenna has just recently finished her diploma in fashion textile merchandising at Kangan institute in Melbourne Richmond. It’s in fact the same course I completed so many moons ago.
Jenna has a great eye for fashion, ( we own the same bag from nakedvice) also she loves to read and enjoys a good baked cupcake.
Additionally like many of us have an undoubtedly desire to shop. Jenna is also up an up coming fashion blogger in the industry. http://ironicminimalist.com/ which I suggest you foxes check out! Eventually she hopes to return to kangan and learn fashion styling.
She has taken the time to answer a few curious Q’s about the textile merchandising industry side of things .
You have completed your Diploma of fashion textile merchandise how was your time staying fashion been? Tell us the up’s and downs, and the things you've learnt most since your time at Kangan?
I was unsure when I first started at Kangan, I hadn’t been in a class room environment since 2012 when I was studying hairdressing. But I really enjoyed it! I made so many new friends and learnt so many new skills. I learnt things I would have never guessed about the Fashion and Textile Industry.
The teachers were really understanding and helpful with any questions, sometimes going above and beyond to help you. Assignments due dates could be stressful, but its good training for any stressful times in the industry!
Have you completed any internships since studying? If so what did you learn from your internship?
I had two weeks work experience at the Cotton On Group Head office where I helped the Product Developers of Factorie, Tbar, and Cotton On Men’s and Women’s wear. I learnt how a garment is created, from measuring a sample garment to ensure it’s to the correct specs, to liaising with international suppliers to creating a merchandising schedules for the stores.
I also had a month long internship at Rollie shoes. I learnt how to create online marketing media, generate spreadsheets for international factories, and I even got to feature in a photo shoot!
What do you eventually want to 'be' in the fashion game?
My ideal position is to be a social media coordinator/ brand manager for a fashion label. I would love to control the social media accounts and project the brand image to its consumers. I have started to build myself an online presence to help reach this goal. I also love trend research and the ethical side of fashion.
I would also love to have my blog recognised in the industry and be invited to a fashion week… preferably NYFW!
Most difficult thing you've had to learn since studying fashion textile merchandising?
When I was studying it was defiantly hard to manage my time as I can be a bit lazy sometimes! But I soon learnt that the sooner you get it done the better. Now that I have finished my course, I’ve learnt that it’s hard to get into your ideal position in the industry. You really have to work hard and do the dirty jobs!
Anyone you admire in the fashion design industry?
I love Melbourne’s label Nakedvice for their beautiful leather bags. I also love Dion lee and Alexander Wang, both of these designers produce the most amazing designs with every collection.
Lastly what's your advice to anyone wanting to study your course?
Have an open mind, there is so much to learn in this industry and you will continue learning even after you finish the course. Make use of the books and magazines in the library, they have some really relevant ones for students to use. And don’t think you are ever too old to study! I started the course when I was about 24!
Quick Foxy Questions!
Where are you currently working?
I currently training to work at a new international brand coming to Australia, I’m not sure if I can say who yet… so keep your eyes peeled at Melbourne Central for the opening on the 22nd of October!