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Hi Everyone, I'm Martina, from Italy but at the moment I live in Sydney. I have a Diploma in Pattern Making for Women, which I got in 2001 at Polimoda, in Florence. My passion has always been fashion design, but after that I worked for 1 year for a knitwear label, Spadafora (not very well known probably), assisting at Milan Fashion week. I was the only full time pattern maker, so I had a lot of responsabilities and I learnt a lot since the beginning. Unfortunately in that year the company went bankrupt and fired 35 people. So I started to study Art theory but I never gave up my passion in fashion, doing clothes for me and my friends (including a wedding dress) and working some months for another company to pay my studies. Now I'm doing a master in Art Administration in Sydney but I would like also to start again in fashion...the thing is...after almost 10 years without experience, I need to have maybe a work experience with someone where I can learn and develop my skills, or learn new ones in design. Any suggestions? What is the right step to do? I know that companies wants a portfolio, which I don't have.... It's hard t start again, but I think I really want to....

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I would look at any entry-level job where you can get your foot in the door. No job should be to low as long as you are back in the industry- they will all soon learn of your great skills. Gain some new experience to go with your new qualifications. Of course it will take time. In your spare time I would be developing your new portfolio. Good luck for the future! Don (former employment trainer/career advisor-now designer/entrepreneur)

Salve, Martina!

 

Do you want to develop your pattern cutter career? How do you visualise yourself after 5-10 years of re-starting your fashion career?

 

Ciao!

 

Rod.

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