Earlier this year, five RMIT students were selected to take part in the Australian-first program with one of the world’s most revered fashion brands.
The students kicked off their participation in the program with a trip to Sydney to meet their Dior mentors and other professionals at the Christian Dior Couture Head Office in Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
The six-month milestone was celebrated with a special session at the Dior boutique at Chadstone in Victoria, where students had the opportunity to reconnect with Dior executives and discuss personal branding, interview techniques and how to make the first impression count.
Student Hannah Purcell said being involved in the Women@Dior program had already given her more confidence to pursue a career in the industry.
"It has given me an insight into the luxury fashion industry and what it takes to make it," Purcell said.
"We've discussed how it is important to look at all pathways into fashion, because it is not always immediately clear. Thanks to the Women@Dior program, my Bachelor of Fashion (Merchandise Management) and an internship, I'm furthering my practical skills and that will give me the best chance to continue working in the industry."
Annemarie Carroll from RMIT’s Industry Engagement team, said the advice provided by the Dior team has been invaluable.
“I've really enjoyed seeing the progression of all the students throughout this year, and it's clear they are already putting into the place the guidance they have received as part of this experience.”
The famous House of Dior launched its Women@Dior mentoring program in Paris in 2017 to support young female students build self-confidence and cultivate their professional careers. Commencing with sessions in Paris, Marseille, London, Florence, Dubai, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, the House was excited to expand the program to include Australia in 2018.