MELITTA GARD­NER

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

FASH­ION AS­SO­CI­ATE

Gard­ner has been work­ing like a ma­chine since she first started at GQ last Septem­ber. Still, all in the name of fash­ion, right?

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORK­ING AT GQ?

Be­ing able to work with peo­ple who gen­uinely love their job and who you can con­stantly learn from. There is never a lack of sup­port or en­cour­age­ment from those around you.

NICE. AND WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW DAY­LIGHT?

My old friend, day­light. I’ve stopped count­ing the days since we last saw each other. Still, all who work in fash­ion must make sac­ri­fices.

WHAT AD­VICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOME­ONE TRY­ING TO GET INTO FASH­ION?

Set your­self goals that will see you take pro­gres­sive steps to achiev­ing what it is you want from the in­dus­try. There’ll be test­ing mo­ments and ex­pe­ri­ences, but de­ter­mi­na­tion over­comes all.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR­SELF IN FIVE YEARS?

Hope­fully as some­one who has a stronger aware­ness and con­fi­dence of my per­sonal and cre­ative style, which shall ide­ally see my in­dus­try pres­ence de­velop and grow. I also hope to be treat­ing my­self to day­light more of­ten.

AND WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MENSWEAR DE­SIGN­ERS RIGHT NOW?

Jil Sander, Cor­neliani and Marni. I love the con­tem­po­rary ap­proach they are tak­ing on men’s tai­lor­ing this sea­son.

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