In this issue we will invite Marija Popadnicenko to share with us her experience and thought about fashion, her career and the fashion industry. Marija is a former Polimoda student, who interned with Peter Pilotto in London and currently works for Max Mara in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Fashion Spyder: How did you start your career in fashion?
Marija: I remember I was in my last year of Polimoda in Florence when I had an interview with Laura Lusuardi, the creative director of Max Mara. Just after two weeks from my graduation I had to move to Reggio Emilia and to start to work and live there. It was a very good time to start as I had freshly graduated and I was ready for a completely new experience.
F: What did you learn most from your experiences and an intern?
M: I remember my first internship at Peter Pilotto in London. It was a very intense internship where I’ve learnt how to work in a team. There were many interns and everyone was from different countries and schools. Everyone was so skilled and motivated. I loved the fact that we worked really hard but with lots of passion because everyone loved the product.
F: What have you learnt from your current career?
M: During my current career I have gained a general understanding of how the fashion industry actually works and as part of that how to confront different responsibilities. I have also learnt that for certain thingsthat can be harder to learn that it’s just a matter of time. The more time you spend doing certain things the better and more confident you become in confronting them.
F: Did you change your thoughts on fashion after you started working in fashion industry?
M: It don’t think they have changed much. I feel like I have a better understanding of how the industry works but I haven’t changed my opinion about it much as fashion still keeps on thrilling me in the same way as it did a long time ago. Now maybe even more …
F: How was the change for you from a fashion student to a fashion designer?
M: I think everyday as your responsibilities grow you become more mature and you start to have a better understand the necessities and the process of how an actual garment gets to see the light of the day. It happens naturally with experience.