September 11, 2012
Fashion Intern Lucy Angel’s Advice on Making It in the Fashion Business
Every season at Fashion Week there is a small army of fashion interns, dressed in black, running behind-the-scenes, ensuring that all the little details are taken care of. We sat down with three such individuals who have landed the internships that fashionistas dream of. Find out what advice they have for fashion intern hopefuls, the best places to shop for interns on a budget, and some suggestions on what to wear on the first day.
Lucy Angel: Working in Fashion E-Commerce
Lucy first interned for FIJI Water during New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2012 season. This summer, she interned in New York City for one of the top designers in the nation, Alexander Wang.
Q: Where are you from and where do you go to school?
I’m from the amazing city of Chicago. I’m a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I’m majoring in Textile and Apparel Design and minoring in Entrepreneurship.
Q: What is your current internship?
A few days ago I wrapped up my summer internship in NYC with my dream company, Alexander Wang!
Q: What is a typical day like for an Alexander Wang intern?
I was an E-Commerce intern at Alexander Wang. That mainly entailed working on and with all aspects of our E-Commerce site. With that being said, no two days were the same! One day I would be editing the website; another day I’d be on set for a photo shoot. Every day brought on new challenges and that was what I really loved about the internship.
Q: Who is your Fashion icon?
Karla Deras of the blog, Karla’s Closet (www.karlascloset.com) is hands down my fashion icon. There’s something about the way she juxtaposes extremely feminine pieces with very masculine ones that makes it look effortless.
Q: What do you think is the hot new trend for Fall?
Lots and lots of leather!
Q: What would you like to be doing in a few years?
I’ll be graduating school in two years and after graduation, I definitely would like to be living in NYC. I would love to be back in the E-Commerce department at Alexander Wang. It was definitely a position in a company that completely resonates with me but the possibilities are endless!
Q: So it’s your first day at a new internship—what do you wear?
I think it’s really important to understand the aesthetics of the company you’re interning for. If you’re interning for a fashion house, wear something that represents the brand. Comfort is also key. You never know what tasks you’ll end up taking on that first day. So although your sky high stilettos look amazing, please leave them at home!
Q: What advice would you have for fashion hopefuls looking to land their dream internship?
My biggest advice to fashion hopefuls in landing their dream internship is to be persistent. If this is something you really want, show them and make sure they take notice. A big reason I landed my internship at Alexander Wang was because I kept in constant contact with the HR Assistant. I made sure to check up on my application, if there were any updates, etc. etc. It really shows that you want to be there. Also, set your dream internship as your main goal. I remember reading an article about Alexander Wang in October of 2011 and thinking how amazing the company was. In February 2012, thanks to FIJI Water, I ended up backstage at the Fall 12 show and knew that I needed to be at that company and in May 2012 I started my internship at Alexander Wang. Set your goals and reach them.
Q: Let’s play word association! What is the first thought that comes to mind when we say—Editorial?
Photo shoots! My favorite parts of magazines are the editorial shoots in the back. I’m currently obsessed with all the ones in the September Issue!
Q: Ok, last question—Fashion Internships. What is one myth, one misconception and one truth?
One myth: All fashion interns do is go on coffee runs and make copies. If the fashion house you’re interning for really values your time, they won’t have you do that. One misconception: Other fashion interns are snobby and competitive. I’ve met some of my best friends through my fashion internships! One truth: You’ll work harder than you ever have before but you’ll love every second of it.