As a constant dreamer, I have always imagined myself running around like crazy backstage at a fashion show as I have seen on TV and in movies. I could not believe it when I actually stepped inside The Waldorf Astoria, a fancy hotel that hosts International Couture Fashion Week. I jumped up and down with happiness and excitement. I was finally doing something related to the industry I am so passionate about! This particular Fashion Week was very important, because it was my first opportunity to watch fashion shows so closely. I even got to sit first row, since volunteers have the advantage of eventually being seat fillers.
This fashion show led me to so many other opportunities. I steamed and accessorized clothes, as well as dressed models (such an adrenaline rush, by the way!) for the Westchester Mall Fashion Shows. I was even able to meet Jill Zarin from the Real Housewives of NYC. (I know, I know...but reality TV is my guilty pleasure, what can I do?!).
My next goal was to work at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. After sending my modest resume, I was shocked when they emailed me asking to schedule a phone interview. The interview took less than a minute and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be asked to participate, but I was wrong! Thank goodness!
The fashion show for the designer label Rebecca Taylor… there I was. It was an awesome show with amazing clothes and fancy VIP guests including Zoe Kravitz and Olivia Palermo. I had the opportunity to be “front of the house assistance,” making sure all rows and gifts were organized and correctly placed. I also greeted guests and took them to their assigned seats. It was fun to see how such an important event works and how each detail is so important to its success. This internship experience showed me that I am ready for many more!
As an international student I have also participated in Brooklyn Fashion Week and Miami Fashion Week. I can’t complain about the “beach days” following Miami Fashion Week. That was a great rest after all the craziness and made the trip even more enjoyable.
I can’t wait to write all about my great internship experiences, but I will leave it for my next blog post!