Subject: Meet New York based Fashion Lawyer and Lecturer, Anna Radke.
Did you know fashion law was a thing? Did you know you can now study it and dive into a great academic fashion career just like Elle Woods? Well, if you didn't then keep reading for a great interview with the wonderful Anna Radke. Anna does it all, at just 28 she is a lawyer, contributing editor and fashion lecturer. Not a bad resume ey? We sat down with her to find out how she got into teaching, law and what advice she has for those looking to follow a similar path.
Take it away Anna.
Name: Anna Radke
Job Title: New York Fashion Attorney, Lecturer and Contributing Editor
How did you get into fashion law?
I have been passionate about fashion since high school. Initially, I wanted to be a buyer, then an editor, but Business of Licensing and Fashion Law classes I took at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) were my inspiration to apply to law school. It was a little challenge, as I was an immigrant in the United States. Enrolling in a Juris Doctor three-year law program is not very common among foreigners. Eventually I combined my fashion background with my law license.
How did you get into teaching?
While in college, I had a part time job as a tutor at the Academic Skills Tutoring Center at FIT. A lot of tutees were booking sessions with me, so I knew I was good at what I was doing. I have also published quite a few articles in the field, and eventually universities started inviting me as a guest lecturer. I also taught Business Law for the Artist class at FIT in my final year of law school.
I would never have thought I would also be able to lecture at the University of Warsaw Center for American Law Studies, UAM Poznan, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, London College of Fashion or Ulster University, among others. It is a great privilege to educate others and I'm grateful for the opportunities I get. I love working with students.
What is one piece of advice to do with your career you won't forget?
At my first full-time job I met an amazing mentor who was also my direct supervisor. She achieved a lot in her professional career, but she also told me that if a job or a project does not feel like a good fit, even though the society might believe it is the most prestigious thing in the world, don't take it. It definitely requires courage and perseverance, but it is worth it.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to go into fashion law?
Improve your legal skills on a daily basis and fight for something that needs improvement within the field. Take small steps, they will lead to bigger endeavours.
Are there any courses/programs out there you would recommend for someone wanting to go into the field?
There are so many fashion law-related programs, courses and conferences in the United States and in other parts of the world. It would take a few pages to describe all of them. What I can suggest you is to focus on a geographical area, do your research, and find your best fit. You may not need to enrol in academic programs, but simply attend events, intern and network. There is no one path to success. Is there a fashion law association in your town/country? If no, you may want to establish one. Be creative!
One piece of advice you'd give to your 18-year-old self?
I used to worry too much about what's next. I do it less now, and I'm much happier. Everyone is in their own time zone.