August 22, 2006

A Fashion Internship II

Here are a few more interesting tidbits I picked up during my internship:

  • To the trained fashion eye, one can tell the relationship between a brand's PR and people in a fashion magazine just by flipping through the magazine and skimming the numbers of item featured. I have given this a try and unfortunately it seems my fashion eye is still not trained enough to achieve this.
  • Like many other industries, the turnover rate in the fashion industry is also very high. My colleagues together seems to have worked for almost half the fashion brand names around. As a result, everyone seems to know absolutely everyone in the industry.
  • Inevitably in an industry dominated by women and gay men, it is a pretty bitchy business. Fortunately for me, my office is unusually friendly and the girls are all very nice and fun to hang out with. They talk about food, diets, relationships, where to go shopping and the latest gossip- girl talk!
  • The order of the clothes on the rack actually tells a story and is not as random as it appears. Oh and hangers should be facing inwards!
  • Cosmetics launch parties gives out better goodies bags (their latest products) than fashion shows which gives . . . nothing that I've recieved so far. But I am very ready to be convinced otherwise, so send me an invite ;)
  • As one ex-shoe-buyer of one of my favourite department stores told me, the fashion industry is not as glamorous as it seems.

Overall, I've learnt ALOT about the fashion industry this summer. It has definitely given me something to think about in the future.

19 Comments:

Blogger WWND said...

That sounds very interesting! What aspect are you focusing on in your internship? Communications?

Woman's Wear (Non) Daily

8/22/2006 10:54 PM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

wwnd: I rotated between all departments so I could get a feel for it all. It was great fun.

8/23/2006 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

i'm interested in either going to the London College of Fashion or FIT in New York City. What are good prospects for internships for a Fashion Merchandising major?

8/23/2006 2:20 AM  
Blogger K said...

These are some good tidbits. Lucky that you work in a place with non-bitchy girls.

8/23/2006 3:40 AM  
Blogger EnidP said...

Very useful info....

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8/23/2006 3:50 AM  
Anonymous Helen said...

I agree with your on the trained eye thing and the goodie bags!

I flick through mags and pick which PR company is featured the most in each spread. Force of habit I guess.... and it's easier in the Australian fashion market because it's not as big as the US one.

All I've gotten from a fashion show is press releases and a note pad. Though I did score a designer umbrella one season because I was hanging out with some girls from Vogue and they didn't want it. Haha... how glam. Not.

8/23/2006 7:36 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

its good you are working with some nice girls! internship is a great opportunity to get a better insight of an industry.

i used to intern at an art gallery for a semester and since it is a small/medium-scale gallery i got to work in different areas which was great fun! i heard if you intern at big/well-known companies you dont get to learn much... your major responsibilities would involve either fetching coffees or photocopying, or maybe both (which i heard is the case at MCA - Museum of Comtemporary Art in sydney)!






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8/23/2006 8:44 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

i worked in a tux rental shop out of hs and college... there are consequences to outward facing hangers... strangely enough, my clothes are still on the floor and not in the closet like they ought to be.

8/23/2006 10:55 AM  
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Blogger Xara said...

Could anybody tell me if it's possible to get an PAID internship in fashion for bacherlor degree markering and PR student in the fashion industry? I've been looking all over the net, but no luck : ( Could anybody give me some tips where I could try to apply for my internship for 20 weeks starting from January 2007. Thx

11/23/2006 8:18 AM  
Anonymous JooBeeLicious said...

Hi, I have to agree that the fashion industry isn't all glitz and glamour, and the best way to know is through internships...

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9/05/2007 3:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xara,
It is possible to find paid internships in fashion pr and marketing. I have had the best luck getting them through my school's job site (FIT.)
Also, re-search companies that typically hire paid interns. they are usually larger! Start getting the names of editors and making personal contacts also ... and if you can, get a website together. make it seem like you are so together that if they don't pay you ... someone else will. best luck,
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