This post was written by Taylor Hicks, our Campus Ambassador from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Taylor currently interns with Jimmy Choo and celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott.
The fashion industry is one that requires a great amount of dedication, determination, and resourcefulness from a person. Therefore, being a fashion intern means you must be able to handle new situations and difficulties promptly and skillfully. At this point in my fashion career I have had the opportunity to intern with Jimmy Choo and celebrity stylists/designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. At these internships I have learned the proper way to approach unfamiliar situations with a handful of tips and tricks that every fashion intern should have in their stylish pocket.
#1: A GPS is your best friend! At my internship with celebrity stylists I am constantly running around Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills to various PR companies for pick-ups and returns. Therefore, it can get somewhat tricky having to remember all of the companies’ addresses. Instead of writing them all down, I purchased a GPS for my car and programmed all of the addresses into it so that they are just a touch away, making it faster and easier for me to get from point A to point B!
#2: Always have your “fashion toolbox” on hand! At both of my internships I am required to make sure that all items (clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry) are in perfect condition for fittings and appointments. A great way to have everything that you could possibly need for these situations is to have what I like to call a “fashion toolbox” on hand at all times. In mine, I keep a miniature steamer, scissors, lint roller, suede brush, fashion tape, safety pins, hot glue gun, Sharpies, etc. This “fashion toolbox” is perfect for last-minute touch ups and unexpected situations!
#3: Follow the latest trends, blogs, and pop culture websites! While interning with celebrity stylists and Jimmy Choo, my knowledge of designers, trends, and pop culture has proven to be extremely beneficial. For example, it is very important for you to be aware of the latest trends so that you can assist at showroom pulls by keeping an eye out for items that will generate positive feedback in the press. Additionally, being up-to-date with pop culture news is helpful because you might have to send out a company email that includes a photo of a celebrity wearing your company’s merchandise.
#4: Be the first one there and the last one to leave! At both of my internships I make it very evident to my bosses that they have my undivided time and attention, meaning that if I need to work from 7 A.M. until 7 P.M. then so be it! It is imperative to show the people that you are working for how badly you want to be there and how much you want to learn from them. The fashion industry can be very competitive, therefore, in order to make yourself stand out from the pack you must do anything you can to show your dedication to your internship!
#5: Dress the part! I am a firm believer in working hard to get where you want to be, however, I am also a firm believer that once you get your foot in the door you must make sure that you dress impeccably well. When you are a fashion intern, you are surrounded by people in the industry on a daily basis. This makes it important for you to look presentable and stylish so that they see that you not only work hard but you also look great while doing it!