Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia caught up with Mariam Seddiq, 2008 Advanced Diploma Fashion Graduate, to see where she is at in the creative world and she has some great advice for our current Whitehouse students:
What have you learnt about the industry and yourself whist studying at Whitehouse?
I learnt that it is extremely hard to gain a design job in today’s society and that you really need to excel when you are an intern whilst studying. Studying and working in the industry at the same time is crucial.
What you gained from your time at Whitehouse, how did Whitehouse support you?
Undertaking post graduate studies at the Accademia Italiana Arte Moda in Florence, Italy was the best thing that has ever happened to me and that opportunity was given to me because of an Agreement that Whitehouse has with the Accademia and my amazing teachers at the time saw my potential. I hope they are proud of themselves as they are a big part of my journey!
Any competitions or events you were involved in during/after you time at Whitehouse?
I entered any competition that came my way and never let any slip by. I was a finalist many times. I was 2 finalists in one show which chose designers from all over the world and they chose me twice because I submitted 2 collection in the hope to get one in and I got both which was amazing! I won the becks bier competition and had my artwork displayed with Australia’s best known designers. The artwork got auctioned off for the Tsunami and I was ranked number 10 out of 82 artworks. Competitions help you grow and make new friends in the industry. See below link to my blog to view the results.
10th Anniversary Mercedes Fashion Week – Marie Claire Tsunami Designer Canvas Project
MARIAM SEDDIQ X BECKS BIER
“”The Marie Claire Mercedes Australian Fashion Week Designer Canvas Project raised almost $30, 000, which was a fantastic result!
Whilst the full list of artworks cannot be released and the amounts they were sold for, I am pleased to see that the Mariam Seddiq artwork sold for $750.20 and went for the 10th highest figure. With a total of 82 canvases auctioned off, this is a great result. “”……… Marie Claire Magazine staff member 2008
Listed below are the top 20 artworks:
1. Jayson Brunsdon artwork
2. Alannah Hill artwork
3. Trelise Cooper artwork
4. Tea Rose artwork
5. Mouth artwork
6. Alex Perry artwork ( x 3)
7. Toni Maticevski artwork
8. From St Xavier artwork
9. Akira artwork
10. Mariam Seddiq artwork
11. Chloe Maxwell artwork
12. Mimco artwork
13. Nicola Finetti artwork
14. sass & bide artwork
15. Mary Shackman artwork
16. Ericaamerica artwork
17. Easton Pearson artwork
18. Schwarzkopf Professional artwork
19. Wayne Cooper artwork
20. World artwork
Life after Whitehouse, what are you doing now?
Working full time as an assistant buyer and working full time on my label and lots of new projects. 7 days and 7 nights!
Any advice to current students studying at Whitehouse?
Listen and learn haha…… Life is very different in the after life!
Keep up with Mariam’s exciting journey through Fashion Design by keeping a close eye on her website www.mariamseddiq.com/ and to read the rest of the Style.com interview, click here: http://stylem.ag/1puKuWg.