Behind the Door: Monique Hristovska
- BY: SARAH SWIFT
- Dec. 5, 2016
Behind the Door is a series that goes behind the scenes with Miro Door volunteers, exploring the many ways in which we help connect young people with opportunities within the fashion and creative industries. Today, we meet Monique - an expat fashion student currently working in London for Harper’s BAZAAR, who kick-started her hustle right here with Miro Door.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and background!
Do you see that Saint Laurent bag over there? Or those Gucci shoes over there? Oh and also, those Celine glasses! Yes, this is me. A girl with a complete passion for fashion, who can rarely afford the Saint Laurent, Gucci and Celine, but my fantasies have always been bigger than my reality. Clearly every girl wants be covered with designer products and working in a very successful position; it’s a dream right? How many of you want to make that dream true? I am lucky to say it is slowly coming together for me, ever since the age of 14 when I took my first step into the world of Miro Door.
I'm currently a fashion business student at FBI Fashion College and I also have the privilege to work at GQ Magazine Australia as a fashion assistant. I had received this job just after i turned 18 this year, it has been a complete and utter experience with excitement and chaos at every corner. Sometimes I literally feel like Andy from Devil wears Prada, but to be under such a creative, well respective team? I couldn't ask for anything more.
How did you find Miro Door?
I was 14, and I was sitting in the car with my mum telling her how much I wanted to work for an international magazine one day, babbling on about fashion weeks, clothes and you know... the lot! She had mentioned to me that a friend’s daughter heard about this site called “Miro Door” which gives you a chance to volunteer and intern at events, publications, and they give you opportunities to be a part of the team. In a matter of seconds I was on the site, and I had signed up and applied to every single opportunity that was available, no matter what it was!
What opportunities have you experienced through Miro Door?
My very first opportunity was the health and wellbeing weekend event - you might be thinking “that really doesn't have anything to do with fashion”, but this is where I met my very first industry contact, Dina Bonke. Throughout the event I had long conversations with her, one including Fashion Week. At that point, I didn't realise I could even work at Fashion Week, I thought it was very VIP. But by meeting my first contact, and making her aware of how much I wanted to learn and experience helped me a lot, because that’s how I gained acceptance. From there, I went on to do my first BOH at Australia's graduate fashion week in 2012, and then the big one: MBFWA. It’s my favourite event of the year - the backstage chaos, creativeness, the rush and emotion is an incredible experience. Volunteering at MBFWA for the first time changed my perspective completely, and the experience made me crave it more than ever - I realised this is what I want to be in for the rest of my life. Since then I have gone on to participate in many more events, including the Witchery fashion show, Runway Weekend, magazine opportunities and more!
What sort of tasks and roles have you learned through these experiences?
While I have assisted with Front of House duties, I predominantly work Back of House. My BOH experience began as a model dresser at MBFWA, and as I built a relationship with stylists like Mitch Steed, I began to be trusted with more responsibilities like guiding other volunteers or being tasked with models that had more difficult dressing requirements.
Later on, I connected with a stylist called Jolyon Mason. Last year he had asked me to help him with MBFW. He was the stylist for BY JOHNNY, Toni Maticevski, Watson x Watson and Zhivago. In the fortnight leading up to the shows, I worked alongside him to assist with casting models, meeting with designers to view ranges, show organisation, fittings and more. On show days, we placed models with garments, mentored volunteers, and I even ran backstage for a bit while Jolyon was at another show. I remember at the Maticevski show after the finale, everyone was clapping and the whole backstage team was crying. It completely put a tear to my eye. Because in that moment, I saw how hard Toni and the entire team had worked for this. That’s when I thought to myself, “this is seriously what i want to do with my life”. I still think about that moment all the time.
Are there any exciting outcomes that have come out of these experiences?
All of my experiences have led to some pretty incredible opportunities. Through volunteering under Jolyon Mason and Brad Holmes, I found my way into an internship at GQ magazine. I interned at GQ from February to May, and then I worked at the magazine until now. It’s about the small relationships you make in the industry and what you bring to the table. I have since come to London to see what its like to work for an international magazine (Harper’s BAZAAR); I’m still figuring out exactly where I want to be, but the future is exciting.
What is your ultimate career goal? Did your time with Miro Door shape/influence or add to this goal?
The dream? To go to extravagant events, travel the world, meet amazing people, make amazing memories and shoot crazy clothes. But seriously, my ultimate career goal has changed from when I started this journey. Originally it was to work for an international magazine and eventually be a fashion editor. Over the past few months it's changed - I love the whole concept of blogging, I'm totally in love with fashion and travel, and the concept of organising events. So, I would love to combine all of that together somehow. I’m in the process of starting my own website, to see where this combined passion takes me.
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to Miro Door members who are just starting out?
If you want to work in this industry, you have to work your butt off, be passionate, be inspired and be adventurous. Try everything, intern for many different places, be open-minded because the possibilities are endless. If you want something, go for it. It only takes the first few steps to get started, and Miro Door is the best place to take that first step. Miro Door can lead you to so many amazing places, help you make so many valuable contacts, and you can meet so many new friends in the process. Just completely and utterly give it your all. Intern all the time, work hard and show people you mean business. It might take a while, but you’ll get your break - then you’ll be able to buy your first pair of Jimmy Choos!
You can keep up with Monique's journey via her instagram @moniquehristovska
For all the latest fashion events and volunteer opportunities, check out the Miro Door jobs page.