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7 fashion assistants look to the future

Fashion assistants have a tough time of it, and the best time of it. If you want to change the world, start by learning and learn by doing. Sometimes you have to do a return to see a return ;) ! We chat to London’s most diligent about the future of fashion. It’s in their hands.

Text Sarah Raphael
Photography George Harvey
Photography Assistance Adam Slama & Kareen Abdul

  • Warren Leech, 21, assistant to Judy Blame

    Where are you from?
    Up north. 

    What's the best piece of advice Judy has given you?
    Use your own ideas and not anybody else's.

    What, in your opinion, is the future of fashion?

    I don't know, I don't think anybody does. That's probably one of the most interesting things about the industry; to not know what is going to happen next and whether people will like it or not.

    What do you want to change about the industry?
    Introverted groups who fear and extradite new talent as they are scared that it will effect their own group's success. I don't really think this will be around much longer though - when the pool of ideas is always the same and has the same people contributing to and controlling it, it soon stagnates.

    @wslwsl
     

  • Philip Ellis, 20, assistant to Meadham Kirchhoff

    Where are you from?
    Chinley. 

    What's the best piece of advice Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff have given you?
    They have taught me to march to the beat of my own drum.

    What, in your opinion, is the future of fashion?
    I think that the future of fashion is finding new ways in which to communicate it. Good design is democratic, everyone has access to it but keeping it interesting when everything is already so accessible is where the challenge lies.

    What do you want to change about the industry?
    I would question the demand for designers to produce countless collections every year through pre and resort seasons. I can’t fathom the need for seasonal collections if the clothes are then sold all year round.

    @philipjellis

     

  • Ebi Sampson, 24, assistant to Ella Dror

    Where are you from?
    South London. 

    What’s the best piece of advice Ella has given you?
    Ella and Ashley [Smith] have given me so much advice, but the best is: always do what makes you happy.

    What’s the future of fashion?
    Consumers will have access to everything without having to wait. 

    @EbiSampson

     

  • Dan Wigham, 21, assistant to Panos Yiapanis

    Where are you from?
    Carlisle, Cumbria. 

    What's the best piece of advice Panos has given you?
    He's taught me to bend the rules.

    What, in your opinion, is the future of fashion?
    Everyone striving to have fun and not get hung up on being original!

    What do you want to change about the industry?
    The industry needs to be less about privilege and more about talent. 

    @danielwigham

  • Lola Chatterton, 25, assistant to Jacob K, Chloe Kerman, Jane How

    What have they taught you?
    Chloe taught me to be a good editor, Jacob taught me how to layer and fed my obsession with tights and socks and Jane taught me less is more.

    Where are you from?
    Kidderminster.

    What do you want to change?
    More business advice and support for up and comers. 

    @Lola_Chatterton

     

     

     

  • Matt Easton, assistant to Mert & Marcus

    What’s the best piece of advice Mert & Marcus have given you?
    To always push yourself to be better than you were yesterday.

    What’s the future of fashion?
    I think as the next generation starts to make a name for themselves, the bar will be set even higher. We are a generation of apprentices. We’ve been taught by the world’s leading photographers, stylists, hair stylists, make up artists, etc. A luxury many of the greats of today didn’t get. 

     

  • Fan Hong, 26, assistant to Panos Yiapanis

    Where are you from?
    Cambridge. 

    What has Panos taught you?
    Anything is possible with a lot of hard work.

    What, in your opinion, is the future of fashion?
    To have more fun and to be kinder to animals. 

    What do you want to change about the industry?
    Everyone needs to start eating, which would probably make them nicer! 

    @fannyhong