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LAST week students, bloggers and fashionistas-alike went to an exclusive Fashion Forum event at the University of Manchester, hosted by monthly mag Company.

For £25 the crowd got a Q&A session with the fashion industry’s top-notch professionals – including Company editor herself, Victoria White, as well as a drinks reception and an amazing goody bag!

The session which ran from 6.30-8.30pm saw Victoria White and the crowd ask questions to the panel, from how they got to where they are today to what their advice for the audience was.

Victoria, who was wearing a black leather jacket, white shirt and blue and black polka dot trousers, said that the biggest change in journalism was that everything is moving to digital, and that she found it really exciting and it was the most fun she had in a long time. Hey, with the recent news that Company’s weekly edit is shortlisted for the ‘Digital Innovation of the Year (Consumer)’ award at the PPAs, who wouldn’t be excited?

Sat on Victoria’s left was Associate editor fashion Oonagh Brennan, who initially didn’t know what she wanted to do, and worked her way up in the magazine business. She stressed that if you want to get into a magazine that you have to get in there somehow and work your way up. When asked what’s more valuable, qualifications or experience, Oonagh replied that she wouldn’t care about a degree in fashion, but about fashion experience with a magazine. It just goes to show that experience is key if you want to bag your dream magazine job!

New Look’s fashion PR team were also there at the event, and dished out loads of advice! They stressed that you should never turn down an opportunity and to pick something which is right for you.

Amazing stylist Karen Jones Russell told the crowd how she got from working behind a desk to freelancing for four years as a stylist and finally how she set up her own business. Her top tip? You’ve got to live and breathe fashion if you want a job in the industry.

A panel wouldn’t be complete without a top blogger. Cue Jen Holmes from A Little Bird Told Me, who gave the Manchester crowd some hope in the fact that you don’t have to move down to London to get a career in fashion, and that there are plenty of opportunities arising in the North.

Was it value for money? For a Q&A session with the editor of one of the best women’s magazines ever, definitely!

Did you go to Company’s event? What did you think?

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