Rushing around backstage dressing models, greeting fashion icons and bloggers, working side by side with fashion professionals, and that is just some of the excitement of working New York Fashion Week. One of the biggest weeks in the fashion business, NYFW, took place this year February 8th to February 16th in New York City. Marist Fashion students were given great opportunities to work as volunteers and venue assistants for IMG Productions, a company that produces many shows throughout this exciting week. The students’ responsibilities varied depending on their role and the show, but they all learned great career lessons while working at the events. Some jobs included the seating chart, making gift bags, setting up hair and makeup rooms, venue set-up, and other hospitality related tasks. Some students were also given the opportunity to work backstage with the designers as well as their personal production teams. This gave students the chance to get a feel for what career they may want to pursue after graduation, as well as a viewpoint into the fast-paced life that comes with the fashion industry. The students gained inspiration and developed ideas that they could bring to the classroom, in preparation for this year’s Silver Needle Runway.
The Silver Needle Runway’s Student Wardrobe Coordinator, Elizabeth Knight, worked the Anna Sui show. “This experience is so fast-paced and I feel as though it’ll help me in my career because it taught me how to perform well under pressure,” said Elizabeth. The Silver Needle Runway’s Student Hospitality Coordinator, Kennedi Hudnut, worked on the Dirty Pineapple and Prabal Gurung shows. The Silver Needle Runway’s Student Brand/Visual Coordinator, Julia Renna worked the Brock Collection, Dirty Pineapple, and Mark Gong shows. Julia talked about her experience and said, “This experience helped me for my career because I got to see first hand how the runway comes together, how long it takes, and all the time and effort the designer and his or her team puts in!” The Silver Needle Runway’s Student Model Coordinator, Sara Dacunto, worked on the shows Indonesian diversity, self-portrait, Amelie Wang, and Hakan Akkaya. The Silver Needle Runway’s Student Digital Media Coordinator, Erica Capobianco, worked on the Hakan Akkaya show. Erica spoke about her career goals and how this will help her prepare, “I really hope to pursue a career in Public Relations or Production within the fashion industry, so just having the opportunity to observe and see what my possible career could look like is very inspiring and keeps me motivated.” The Silver Needle Runway’s Student Hospitality Coordinator, Haley Cornish, worked on 11 Honoré, Chromat, Rebecca Minkoff, Cong Tri, Bibhu Mohapatra, Cushnie, and Brock Collection. Each and every one of these Fashion Show Production students not only experienced an opportunity of a lifetime while working NYFW, but they also gained invaluable skills that they are now able to apply to Marist Fashion’s very own Silver Needle Runway.