Fashion Careers with Marija Popadnicenko


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.

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