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How To Create a Killer CV and Portfolio with Ralph Lauren

How To Create a Killer CV and Portfolio with Ralph Lauren

To celebrate Ralph Lauren joining GFW for the second year running, we asked Kim Giangiuli, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Ralph Lauren, to share some of her best tips for creating a CV and portfolio: what she looks out for, common mistakes and how to score your first job out of university.

How To: Stay Sane While Unemployed and Job Hunting

How To: Stay Sane While Unemployed and Job Hunting

It’s not uncommon to spend the first year or two following university finding the job that’s right for you, or any job at all. We’ve teamed up with Kate Hogan, a therapist and coach who spent over a decade working in fashion recruitment, to share her practical tips on how to stay sane while you’re unemployed and searching for a job.

"Why I Don't Regret Starting Uni At 23"

"Why I Don't Regret Starting Uni At 23"

GFW contributor Faith Richardson was 23 when she started her course. Taking time out following her A-levels to work, pursue her hobbies and discover what she really wanted to do with her life, Faith has no regrets about being a mature age student. She tells GFW about the journey which took her from Olympic-level Equestrian Eventer to Fashion Comms graduate, and the lessons, setbacks and successes she’s had along the way.

Tackling The Industry's Mental Health Problem

Tackling The Industry's Mental Health Problem

GFF contributor Chloe Ford speaks to Caryn Franklin MBE and George Hodgson, founder of brand Maison de Choup, to discuss if fashion is bad for our mental health — or if it attracts those who are vulnerable — and what the industry is doing to fix the deeply rooted issue.

We Asked, You Answered: How Do You Make The Most of Your Internship?

We Asked, You Answered: How Do You Make The Most of Your Internship?

Whether you recently graduated or you’re still a student, you probably know that taking on an internship is a great way of transitioning from university to industry. We got advice from an expert — Alec from Intern — and put the question to our Instagram followers: How do you make the most of an internship?

How To: Stay Healthy at Uni

How To: Stay Healthy at Uni

This week, GFW contributor Faith Richardson speaks with nutritionist and personal trainer, Kayleigh Armstrong, for the ultimate list of tips for students to stay healthy and eat well while at uni.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Studying Fashion Communications

5 Things You Didn't Know About Studying Fashion Communications

Morgan Lankester is a third year fashion communications and promotion student at Nottingham Trent University, who alongside her studies, is a course representative. She shares with us 5 lesser known facts about studying fashion communications.

How To: Manage Your Money at Uni

How To: Manage Your Money at Uni

GFF contributor Faith Richardson hunts down the best budgeting and money apps, sites and accounts to follow to keep on top of your finances while at university.

World Book Day: What the GFF Team Are Reading Now

World Book Day: What the GFF Team Are Reading Now

To celebrate World Book Day, the GFF team is sharing the books currently on their bedside tables. It’s a mixed bag — from psychological thrillers and practical career advice to philosophical musings — there’s something to inspire every reader.

How To: Gain Experience Outside London

How To: Gain Experience Outside London

Faith Richardson, a GFW contributor based in Newcastle, finds 5 ways young creatives outside London can gain valuable industry experience.

Day In The Life: A Writer at Fashion Week

Day In The Life: A Writer at Fashion Week

Sophie Winfield is a Fashion Journalism Masters student who was one of two writers invited to cover Fashion Scout AW19. She shares with us a day in the life of a fashion week writer during London Fashion Week.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER RORY JAMES ON BEING BACKSTAGE AT ASHISH

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER RORY JAMES ON BEING BACKSTAGE AT ASHISH

From retail to marketing, photography to creative direction, the positions available in the industry are as varied as they are exciting. For the Inside View this week, we caught up with Rory James, Fashion, Portrait and Music Photographer. Published in Time Out, CLASH, Wonderland and more, he has been working with cultural icons since going freelance after a spell working in a London studio. From Emily Malice for his tattooist series to backstage at Ashish and Zandra Rhodes during London Fashion Week, Rory focuses on capturing the essence of popular culture, through music and fashion photography.

We caught up to hear more about shooting behind the scenes for Ivy Park, the liberating nature of freelance work, and how it felt flying to Sri Lanka to shoot the first Mercedes Benz Fashion Week there. Here, we find out why taking the time to get to know your subjects makes all the difference to the video, image and atmosphere of a shoot.

What is your job, and what does a normal day look like for you?

I’m a Freelance Photographer based in East London. It’s difficult to tell you about a normal day, as part of what I love about this job is that no two days are the same! A lot of time goes into planning shoots and projects. This can be anything from booking models and meeting with prospective clients to conceptualising my ideas and planning how to bring them into reality.

Why did you become a photographer?

Way back in college I wanted to study art but it became clear quite quickly that I had the ideas but none of the practical skills! So photography was for me a way to create things with a skill I already had. More recently, I went freelance as I love being able to choose when and who I work with. I don’t think I’d be very good in an office scenario! 

What achievements in your career so far, are you most proud of?


As a photographer who works in many disciplines, my proudest achievements are varied. Shooting backstage at London Fashion Week was a big one for me. Being around the work of such talented designers as Ashish Gupta and Zandra Rhodes. Having my work featured by publications such as CLASH and Wonderland and Time Out is always a confidence boost!

What did you study at university and how has this helped you?

I studied Commercial Photography at Arts University Bournemouth which is a fantastic course, that I would recommend to anyone. Doing a degree so heavily focused on the modern industry is invaluable and gives you the prior knowledge to manage all parts of life as a freelance photographer further than the creative, such as the financial and business side along with marketing your work properly. 

How did you decide to become a freelancer?

I worked for a bit of time in full time roles with prestigious photographers in their London studio, but decided that being freelance was the only way that gave me the freedom required to do this job well. It was tough at first, living in London with no guaranteed regular work but after a while, hard work and investment paid off! I would encourage any young creative to consider a freelance career path especially at a time when you’ve got nothing to lose and no major commitments. The current industry climate seems to be leaning this way with fewer full time photography contracts being handed out than ever.

What are the perks of the job?

The people. Every shoot I work with a varied group of people and as a portrait photographer, I take the time to get to know my subject whenever possible, in order for the photos to be personal to them and reflective of their personality.


How can a recent graduate or student gain experience in this area?

Assisting. Start assisting professional photographers as quickly as you can. I began at the beginning of my second year of uni and it gave me the experience and contacts I needed to go freelance quite soon after graduating. If you can’t assist them then ask them questions, get to know the people in the industry. It’s a small place but a few great chats here and there can go a really long way! 




Words and interview by Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins

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BEX RINGER, DIRECTOR OF SUMMER, THE INFLUENCER AGENCY

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BEX RINGER, DIRECTOR OF SUMMER, THE INFLUENCER AGENCY

From what makes work fun, and how to get into the area, we caught up with Bex to discuss everything social, pop culture influencers and the huge transformation that has taken place across PR in the last few years. If you’re mad for social media and can’t get enough of the ‘gram, find out how to make it into your job in our latest Inside View!

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ALEX FULLERTON, FASHION DIRECTOR AT GLAMOUR MAGAZINE, ON WORKING YOUR WAY UP

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ALEX FULLERTON, FASHION DIRECTOR AT GLAMOUR MAGAZINE, ON WORKING YOUR WAY UP

The fashion industry is nothing if not filled with creative people exploring and practising their craft in a multitude of ways, from photography and styling to curation and journalism. One accomplished woman is the epitome of balancing passion and working across various fields, pursuing a freelance career across disciplines. Alex Fullerton, previously Fashion Director at Stylist and now Fashion Director-at-Large at Glamour, has had a varied and exciting career in the industry, from styling and writing to fashion direction and becoming a published author.

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