3rd week update of internship at MGB. Wow, time has passed so fast. After having been sick for almost two weeks, I am feeling better however, I do feel very tired as I am 5 1/2 months pregnant and my belly is rapidly growing bigger. OK, back to business. Last week, I was rather busy with getting my samples for my collection done. I must say that it was also a demoralising and difficult week.
When you are new in the industry, doing internship in a company and at the same time getting a collection made and ready for buyers to see, can be a daunting process. The reason is people do not see you as an equal (especially when you are non local and new). They see you as an intern first than a fashion designer. Also, I do blame this on language barrier as majority of my colleagues prefer speaking Cantonese than in English. So majority of the information that is passed around in the office does not really reach me as clear as my other classmate who is local and also doing internship at the same office. I am not used to this as I come from a very multi-cultural background in Singapore and everyone speaks English as a common language. Getting sizing and other fabric details has been very difficult. Even though I say this, I still think I am surrounded by nice people.
Most of my samples from the manufacturers have arrived and I have checked them. Some are a hit and some are not. Since the client I am working with is price aggressive, I had to keep my high expectations of quality slightly lower. Also, I am inexperienced. I feel like a big load has been put onto my shoulders when I am not adequately trained. In school, I have not learn how to do a proper spec sheet, not very clear on how to put for a clear and harmonious collection that is colour co-ordinated. I have not learnt how to do grading for sizing, oh not forgetting I don’t even know what is needed in a technical drawing. Everyone thinks that I have to know everything because I won a competition. So as you can see, learning as been quite a up hill journey as I have to source my information from the internet mainly.
One big lesson I learnt in the pass week is that never assume that factory/manufacturers know my design. I have to be more specific in measurements and other details of the garment. Since this is my first time doing something big like this, I was not aware of how things run as these are not things we learn in school. Oh btw, did I mention that I am in my early 2nd year in my education. So maybe I should stop being hard on myself at times.
Now my biggest worry is getting everything sorted out before the client/buyer comes in for viewing of the collection in mid november. Since my immediate boss has changed her mind about my colour choice for this collection, I have to wait till she approves my new proposal for fall/winter collection before I can further go ahead will the final samples. Fingers crossed, she will approve them real soon.
I do apologise if you find this post more on the negative side. I am only stating the fact and letting you know the real issues of working in a non-english speaking environment and since I am inexperienced in this industry, it makes things worst! I keep reminding myself that I am here with a goal and I will achieve it no matter what comes my way!