Life after LCF with Fashion Illustration graduate Jordan Duddy
LCF always keeps a beady eye on the leaps and bounds students are making, whether they are studying or have moved into the industry. Some students produce great work within their discipline and some cross boundaries to innovate further. One of these boundary crossers is Jordan Duddy, a recent BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration graduate, who decided to pursue a career in styling. LCF News speaks to Jordan about his illustration, styling and working for AnOther Man Magazine.
Why did you choose to study illustration at LCF?
Fashion Illustration at LCF is a unique course in the sense that no other courses in the country focus on producing illustrations based on fashion content. I was already producing fashion illustrations before I came to LCF, so it was great to find a course that felt so tailored to my needs and the career that, at the time, I perceived myself doing. I was also keen on moving to London as I see it as the place in the world to study fashion related subjects.
What did you do for your final project?
For my final project I created a zine that focused on gender and youth, two topics I feel strongly about and also topics that felt very relevant at the time.
What was it like studying in London?
I loved studying in London! Of course it’s expensive and it’s a big place but there is a huge range of opportunities out there if people work hard and reach out to people. Coming from somewhere more rural, London is still very exciting and quite inspiring.
What were the best things about illustration and what was most challenging?
Although I realised early on that I didn’t want a career in fashion illustration, the course gave me the time and freedom to explore other sides of fashion, and find out what I really wanted to do. University really is what you make of it!
How did you get into styling? Was it easy to balance full time study with working at the same time?
I started off interning with photographers and eventually ended up at Love Magazine. From there I interned at Dazed, amongst others and eventually began assisting a number of stylists. As far as balancing it with studying, this wasn’t always easy but it meant deciding which classes and opportunities were more beneficial to me and my career after graduating.
Who have you worked with so far and who is your dream person or publication to work for?
I have had the chance to work with a range of incredible stylists, Olivier Rizzo, Panos Yiapanis and Marie Chaix to name a few. I’m currently work for AnOther Man Magazine, and for the moment that feels like the right place for me to be.
What’s been the most fun thing you’ve worked on so far?
It’s hard to name just one thing as opportunities come up that are always very different. Usually shows aren’t my favorite part of the job as they can be quite stressful. However, recently I went to Milan for Jil Sanders‘ SS17 show and it was something I really enjoyed.
What advice would you give someone who wants a career as a stylist?
Be prepared to do a lot of returns, work long hours and know your stuff.
What are you working on at the moment?
As I mentioned before, I’m currently working at AnOther Man Magazine, so just the usual shoots and preparing myself for fashion week in September.
What are you plans for the future?
For now, I want to continue being a good assistant. Eventually I would love to be a stylist in my own right, but I’m in no rush, these things take time.
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