Name - Marnie Goss
Job Title - Director of
Did you always know you wanted to
work in the Fashion Industry?
I didn't know what I wanted to do
until I was about 23. I was always interested in fashion but I
don't think it ever dawned on me that I could make money out of it
until my early twenties.
What was your first job in
I started working as a casual at Sportsgirl when I was
16. I loved turning up to work every Thursday night and
Saturday and then pouring all of my hard earned pennies straight back
Do you have a qualification? If yes, is
it related to the role you have now?
I have two degrees. I
have a Bachelor of Communication majoring in PR and a Bachelor of
Marketing. I wouldn't say they are essential to my current
position but they definitely helped me gain previous roles and skills
which have paved the way to my current role.
Can you run us through the steps you took in gaining the role you
My first job after leaving university was at a
corporate PR firm. Whilst I learnt very quickly that the
corporate world was not for me, it was important in becoming used to
a full time job after years at university. It also taught me
the essential skills required when dealing with the press which is
something they don't teach you in class. My next role was at
a prestige brands PR agency in London. This is where I got my
first taste of working on the big name brands working across labels
such as Krug champagne and Versace. My next role was as a publicist
for Louis Vuitton in Sydney. That is where I left to start up
What is the highlight of your job?
Going to fashion shows in both Australia and overseas and viewing
new collections. I know it sounds cliché but seeing a new
collection on the runway is a fabulous experience and one not to be
taken for granted!
What is your one piece of advice
for people looking for a .............. role in the Fashion industry?
Your dream role will not be handed to you on a plate, you have
to work really hard for it. Don't be afraid to start at the
bottom and work your way up, as we all have to learn and start
Who is your icon in the fashion
industry and why?
My icons would have to be Tamara Mellon, the
founder of Jimmy Choo and Natalie Massinet, the founder of
net-a-porter. Both of these women have achieved what many
thought was impossible by turning a little idea into global brands
through sheer guts and determination. They should be
inspirations not just for women in fashion, but women in
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
still see myself in the same role however I see frockshop as a much
bigger company which has grown and evolved over the five years.
Hopefully there will be many levels of directors at frockshop
in five years time!