Mentor with Balenciaga in your Fashion Future…

Want to intern with the likes of Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana or Christian Dior? While it may seem like a distant dream to many aspiring designers think again! Fashion Future – Australia’s No.1 Fashion Destination for Careers, Emerging Talent and Fashion Mentors – has just launched the inaugural International MENTOR Program 2012. With 20 Global experiences for all careers in fashion, design, retail, PR and the beauty industry, Fashion Future has secured over $250,000 worth of money cannot buy mentor experiences including financial support and prizes.

Officially extending its domestic mentoring service, which has linked emerging talents with distinguished industry names such as Carla Zampatti and David Jones executive David Bush, Fashion Future is now offering 20 global fashion opportunities across New York, London, Milan and Paris and is open to those in Australia who work within the industry – from fashion designers to fashion journalists, according to a Ragtrader report.

The CEO of Fashion Future, Pamela Trantalles drew on her 20 plus years in human resources, strategic talent acquisition, coaching and mentoring to develop the Fashion Future initiative which has created a leading edge program for emerging creative talent, and provides practical business foundations in the form of international networks, internships, Fashion Week access, trade events, skill development, career experience and opportunities.

Fashion Exposed Online resident contributor and director of Garland & Garland Fashion agency, Phoebe Garland has been appointed mentor to the Australian Fashion Future Board along with Carla Zampatti, Alex Perry, Camilla Franks, Camilla and Marc, Wayne Cooper, Nicola Finetti, Michelle Vanzella-Westfield, David Briskin-CEO Sass& Bide, Elle Roseby-Sportsgirl, Phoebe and Robert Garland, Aurelio Costarella, David Bush-David Jones and many others.

Phoebe recently spoke with Pamela on taking Fashion Future to a global level.

Fashion Future Mentor program provides a mentoring service from some heavy weight fashion industry professionals. Who are some of the fashion mentors you have on board?

I have been very fortunate to build a team a leading designers, Industry professionals and Fashion business who donate their time in a monthly basis to support, nurture and develop Australian emerging fashion designers. The mentor team is constantly growing with more leaders and industry professional wanting to ‘give back’ and support young talent. I have over 60 mentors currently and many more ready to be connected. Mentors include, Carla Zampatti, Alex Perry, Camilla Franks, Camilla and Marc, Wayne Cooper, Nicola Finetti, Michelle Vanzella-Westfield, David Briskin-CEO Sass& Bide, Elle Roseby-Sportsgirl, Phoebe and Robert Garland, Aurelio Costarella, David Bush-David Jones just to name a few.

What feedback have you had from the emerging designers on their mentoring from these industry people?

The positive feedback has been absolutely amazing- from both the protégés and MENTORS. The most common feedback from the emerging designers is the increased opportunities that have arisen from introductions made by the Mentors. The sharing of information has saved the designers time and money fast tracking their learning curve. Also, another frequent comment is the harsh reality that designers should be …a little more commercial in their aesthetic in order to see them through thiscurrent economic climate.

Your background is in recruitment, what made you decide to set up a fashion mentoring program for emerging designers?

Recruitment is about finding the right job to match your skills set and then surround yourself with the right people to ensure your career/professional journey is energised, colourful supportive and safe. Emerging fashion designers in Australia aspire to start their own label very quickly which is courageous and commendable. They have 2 confronting business issues, firstly the research, design and production of their collections and secondly but very importantly they are also building a business.

Have any of these emerging designers found employment as a result of your program?

Yes- mainly part time, casual and freelance as the designers still aim to achieve their goals and design their own collections.

Where are the biggest mistakes or perceptions these young designers have initially?

Fashion design is like any other career or business it must be financially sustainable and it’s necessary to have a solid business infrastructure or business foundation to ensure the core business of design can easily flourish.

How does this work and which mentors have you got on board overseas?

There are 20 Global Fashion Opportunities and the total prize package is valued at $250,000: 10 internships and 10 global experience including mentor experiences and tickets to New York and London Fashion weeks and Paris Trade event.
The international mentors/ internships/stakeholder include:
Christian Dior
Diane Von Furstenberg
Dolce & Gabbana
Giorgio Armani
Herve Leger
Salvatore Ferragamo
Tom Ford
Viktor & Rolf
IMG Fashion-New York
London Fashion Week
Sportsgirl Designer Collaboration

The 2012 International MENTOR Program is a natural evolution of Australia’s National MENTOR program. Locally, over 60 leading designers, industry professionals and Fashion businesses have come together as a united team – creating a platform to mentor, support and nurture young fashion designers.
On-line registration is now open. Visit for more details.

Internship applications close 12th December and the Global Fashion experience category closes 13th February 2012.

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