An adventure that begins with CÉLINE
Marion Duthoit, major de la promotion La Fabrique - ESIV 2016 recevant le prix Lectra
1. The general belief is that if you go to a fashion school you have to study design or styling, but you think differently. Why?
To be honest, I held the same belief for a long time. I was convinced that in order to work in the fashion business you had to be either a designer or stylist. However, as time went on I discovered that the industry is full of people with varied skill-sets and there is a lot more going on behind the scenes than I could ever imagine!
2.What changed your mind exactly?
After graduating from business school, I realized that the market was flooded with the same degrees and students applying to the same jobs. However, instead of becoming discouraged I saw it as an opportunity to specialize in a field that I enjoyed, which is fashion.
The hard part was how to go about it. I decided to attend La Fabrique – formerly ESIV - because of their program offering. The school focuses on equipping students will the tools that will lead them to managerial positions in the Textile & Clothing Industry, such as Design and product development, Production, Textile technology, Buying and Logistics.
During my program is where I learned about Lectra, specifically Kaledo, Modaris and Diamino. Although my goal was not to become a pattern maker, I learned a lot; I now have a deeper understanding of what patternmakers do and the entire product development process in general.
3. How has your knowledge of Lectra’s patternmaking solutions helped you in your current role?
In my current role at CELINE I work with different departments that use those solutions so it has been extremely helpful to have an understanding of them [the solutions] when working with my colleagues. We communicate easily and more effectively because I understand their work.
4. Talk to us a little bit about CELINE. How did you start and what do you do?
My first experience at CELINE was an alternance (long-term internship while attending school). I was in the Quality Control department, which is very involved with product industrialization. It is not just about inspecting the final product, they are very much present and important players in the industrialization process. One of my role was measurements; Using Kaledo, I produced technical drawings that dictated the measurements. Thus ensuring consistency of measurement between the factories and in-house here at CELINE.
Currently I am a Production Coordinator. My job is two-fold; I ensure the consistency of the bill of materials (nomenclatures) for production’s references. During the industrialization phase, I am in contact with the manufacturers to follow their fabrics needs, I make sure to avoid overconsumption thanks to optimized marker-making and anticipate all the raw material and component needs before production.
The other part of my role is being in charge of the press pieces’ production with allows me to work with various workshops and intervene in the different steps of production (fabric and component’s supply, assembling understanding, planning of deliveries, …)
So lots of communication between different teams and never a dull moment.
5. What do you like the most about your new role?
The role was recently created, so I am building and shaping it as I go. I am able to create the processes and really decide how the role will evolve and become an integral part of the CELINE. But most of all, this position allows me to interact with a lot of different interlocutors which is truly rewarding and exciting.
6. Do you think that students need to be more aware of roles like yours?
Yes, without a doubt. I feel that not enough spotlight is put on the entire scope of the skill sets needed in the industry. There is a wide array of people that help the idea become a sketch, the sketch become a garment and the garment delivered to the stores but in order to do that different degrees, experiences and desires are necessary.
7. Any advice for “nontraditional” fashion students?
If working in fashion is your dream, or even just an idea you’ve toyed with, but you feel that you would not fit in believe that you do. As long as you are curious, interested and have an underlying love for the industry you will find a way.
Don’t give up! !