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Thursday 31 May 2018

BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Creative Direction alumna Zoe Pujol only graduated last year, but has already been making a name for herself in the fashion industry. Recently working as a styling assistant with US Vogue, Zoe had the enviable opportunity to support on a shoot with American supermodel and television personality Kendall Jenner.

We caught up Zoe who told us how the opportunity arose, and what she learnt working with such an iconic fashion magazine.

How did the opportunity with US Vogue come about?
Working with the US Vogue team was very unexpected and happened so suddenly. I was applying for lots of different roles, just trying to get my CV out there and sent to someone who had posted on LinkedIn about a freelance position working for Lucinda Chambers, former fashion director at British Vogue.

A few weeks later I got contacted by Taylor Angino, an associate fashion editor at US Vogue. His email said they were shooting the next US Vogue cover shoot in London with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Tonne Good and Kendall Jenner. He then said he would love to have me on set with him and that it would be an amazing unpaid freelance position to be involved in. Of course I said yes!

What did your role entail?
My task was to shadow Taylor on the shoot and support with anything he may need in regards to prepping all the outfits ready for Kendall to wear. This involved unpacking all the clothes that had come from New York and around Europe, checking dockets (which is a list that gives details of all the products that are in the deliveries), steaming garments and getting them all neatly positioned ready for Kendall to put on.

I then dressed Kendall in each of her nine outfits and made sure she always had a dressing gown and slippers ready for when she needed to get changed or move location.

What’s the biggest thing you learnt while working with Vogue?
I met so many inspiring people on this job, one being Della George, who I worked alongside when dressing Kendall. She is a couture dressmaker, and was the on-set tailor, and has literally worked with EVERYONE: Pat McGrath, Princess Diana’s dress maker, every supermodel you can think of, and the one and only Alexander McQueen himself. She has truly had such an amazing career, but what really made her special was how humble and how much of a perfectionist she is at her job.

What I took away from this experience is to listen and learn from the best and that if you are truly passionate at what you do, as well as kind and humble, people will want to work with you again.

What’s next for you?
Since February I have been working as a Digital and Editorial Content, Copywriting and Social Media Assistant at Fashion Crossover, an online platform based in London that delivers cutting-edge pieces by emerging graduates and designers.

Before the New Year I was interning at AnOther Magazine, where I worked for their styling department. Since then I have missed styling and hope to get back into it again in the near future.

Zoe's degree artwork

How do you feel your studies at Solent helped prepare you for your career?
One thing I was really thankful for was that Solent made me intern in my second year. When you leave university, a big thing companies desire - apart from a degree - is EXPERIENCE! At the time, I really didn’t want to get an internship as I was so busy with course work, but getting that work experience on my CV was so worth it when starting to look for a full-time job.

Zoe's degree work was featured on the cover of the University fashion magazine ANON
What advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Grasp as many opportunities that come up as you can, as every single small experience may lead to a bigger opportunity. Most importantly, be passionate and really truly want it, if not you just won’t make it. Be patient and persistent; if you get rejected do not give up straight away. Apply, apply, apply; that is my number one rule.

Take a look at the finished shoot with Kendall Jenner here.