The British fashion industry is a creative and economic powerhouse, employing nearly one million people. Many major brands have come from the UK, including Burberry and Paul Smith.
London is at the centre of it. It has been a global fashion city for decades, spawning the careers of many big designers and employing almost 50,000 people in the industry.
Designer Vivienne Westwood started her career with a boutique on Kings Road in the early 1970s, and her company is still based in London. Londoner Stella McCartney has also kept the head office of her fashion empire in West London, near Notting Hill.
Each September, the city becomes the centre of the fashion universe for London Fashion Week. LFW attracts 5,000 industry professionals to over 80 catwalk shows for five days, boosting the London economy over £30m each season.
Interning in Fashion
An internship is essential for starting a career in the fashion industry. This is the chance to learn from experienced industry professionals and start building your network.
Global internships maximize your employability by proving your ambition and adding to your portfolio.
Fashion is a global business with many brands having international operations. Contacts made in London will be valuable in New York, Paris and elsewhere.
There is no typical fashion internship. We’ll match you with a firm that best suits your Major and career goals. You could be assisting a photographer or stylist, writing copy for an online fashion blog, or working back stage in a costume department.
- International Clothing Brand
- Clothing Manufacturer
- Luxury Brand
- Fashion Magazine Publisher
- Production Costume Designer
- Buying Department of a Fashion Retailer
- Millinery studio
- Photography Studio
- Marketing Department of a Fashion Retailer
- Online Fashion Blog
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