“If you are passionate about fashion, it can be very rewarding,” declares fashion graduate Madeleine Harman, who spent a semester in 2010 at Montclair University fashion department in New Jersey.
“I had some unforgettable experiences including trawling through Yves’ archives of illustrations at the YSL headquarters in Paris.”
The rewards have continued. Madeleine spent last year in New York, initially as an intern for trend forecasting company Edelkoort Inc and then as design assistant for the creative director of TOCCA, a New York based label with a Hudson St boutique that also sells through online stores such as Shopbop.
Despite being offered a full time design role at TOCCA, Madeleine returned to New Zealand at the start of 2013 and worked as design assistant at Andrea Moore. After a few months break “I am now looking at a new project with a good friend and fellow Whitecliffe graduate to get my design hat back on.”