The Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Betty and the more modern show The bold type are all light-hearted comedy depictions of a very stereotyped version of the world of fashion publishing. The kill-or-be-killed mentality of what I'd personally refer to as a cut-throat profession is something that I've noticed during my first couple of weeks of my MA in fashion journalism at London College of Fashion.
One of the biggest surprises for me was the very small amount of trained journalists that attended the course. In Sweden the freedom of choice when furthering your education is very slim - if you've studied journalism at a bachelors level you will go on to do an MA in the same field. Excitingly enough this isn't the case for the UK education system where I now study with people from multiple backgrounds, geographic and education. However I've noticed some concern from my classmates about this portrayal of the industry we are heading head-first in to.
I remember sharing their concerns. Before I started my internship with Damernas Värld, a Swedish fashion magazine, during my last year of my BA I was so nervous I wanted to be sick. Luckily enough it turned out that even though some of the preconceptions about the industry were true (It is very cliquie and very much dependant on being "on the inside") that most of the people I met were very open and friendly and willing to pass on their knowledge. To invite a fresh face (aka me) in.
Hopefully this version of the industry isn't solely confined to Sweden, but also something I'll get to know here in London. So far the people I've met on the course are all very lovely people. It is in truth the first time I've experienced any sort of student-mentality among my peers and I must admit that daydrinking from 2 pm until 8 pm on a Thursday is an amazing way to make new friends.
I can't wait to see what the next 15 months have in store.