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Hayley O'Neill

“ …before you know it you’re moving to Sydney to work for an amazing Australian swimwear brand.”

After interning in her last year of studies at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), iconic Australian swimwear brand, Seafolly, kept an eye on Ziyah designer Erin Spain. Impressed by her latest collection showcased at night one of FASHFEST 2015, they have just offered her an opportunity to work for the company as Assistant Designer to Head Designer Genelle Walcom, for the next eight weeks.

“I have been chatting with them for a little while now and they called me last Friday and asked if I would accept the position,” she says.

“After my internship at Seafolly, I’ve been keeping them in the loop with Ziyah and what I’ve been doing. They are a pretty big company, so they have a lot of stuff happening, but I think just having that previous connection from the internship really helped.”


It’s all happening very quickly. Erin’s contract at Seafolly starts Monday, and she will be moving to Sydney temporarily to pursue this opportunity. But this fantastic opportunity doesn’t spell the end of Ziyah.

“I’m currently in the calm after the craziness of FASHFEST and will still be working on Ziyah whilst at Seafolly,”says Erin, saying that she views this contract as a chance to soak in as much experience as possible.

“Just being a part of a company that big, and in the industry that I love, I feel like anything is a pretty big learning curve.”


For many aspiring fashion designers, Erin’s latest move is the stuff that dreams are made of. But, as she explains, it’s all about putting yourself out there.

“It’s all about just giving it a go, as everyone has to start somewhere. I came out of school and thought ‘I like sewing’ so I gave it a crack and things just escalated.“

“Lots of people can do internships, but it’s about fitting in and being suitable for the business,” she says. “Just take steps that make it all come together. With me, it all happened pretty fast, and before you know it you’re moving to Sydney to work for an amazing Australian swimwear brand.”


To follow Erin’s journey you can follow Ziyah on Facebook and Instagram


Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author

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