debut shows in St. Louis to major productions in the Big Apple, our Retail
Management/Fashion Merchandising students have been taking their talents
nation-wide. Last month, two students landed amazing opportunities with huge
designers at New York Fashion week. We caught up with second-year student,
Chinara Thomas, and recent graduate, Breonna Williams, to see what it’s like in
the fashion fast lane.
How did you land this
amazing internship opportunity?
Chinara: It came from a small, two-day
internship with Navia Vision for a Karlie
Kloss and Express show.
Breonna: Our hard work paid off
fast! The day of the Express show, we were offered the New York Fashion Week
internship working for Navia Vision and celebrity stylist Karla Welch.
did you work for and what were your responsibilities?
Chinara: We worked the Veronica Beard
and Marchesa shows. For Veronica Beard we were both back-of-the-house and
front-of-the-house production. We were pretty much a part of everything: setting
up and breaking down, loading and unloading the truck, directing people where
to go and assuring that the show ran smoothly.
Breonna: The Marchesa show was a whole
new ball game. I was the check-in person for models, hair & makeup
personnel, and the designer’s entourage. I even got to meet Zac Posen!
Chinara: I was exclusively
back-of-the-house at Marchesa, which meant loading and unloading the truck,
directing models and dressers, taping the floor, helping with model line-up,
assisting with the show run-through and directing people where they could and
How did it compare to
your responsibilities at shows here in St. Louis?
Breonna: In many of the runways I’ve
done in St. Louis, I’ve built the show from the ground up: coordinating
designers, models, and hair & makeup, and even setting up lighting.
Chinara: The responsibilities at
Fashion Week were pretty much the same but on a grander scale. Not saying any
of the shows I've done here weren't important, but New York Fashion Week is
like the top of the top, crème de la crème. There was so much riding on
everything being perfect, and so many more factors that played a vital role and
really require you to bring your “A-game.”
What kind of
networking opportunities were there?
Chinara: The networking connections
were endless—from the fellow interns to the staff at Navia Vision. We also participated
in a fashion networking event called Fashion Mingle. The event was full of
designers, fashion show producers, models, singers, you name it! They had a
panel discussion, live performance and a photo op.
What was your favorite moment?
Breonna: Actually being in the room with Zac Posen and meeting so many different fashion leaders was amazing!
Chinara: It was a toss-up between seeing the Gucci Ghost exhibit at Milk Studios and catching a pop up shop of Chicago's own DBM brand and getting some merchandise.
Any takeaways for
current students who might be looking to land similar opportunities?
Chinara: I would say always take
pride in yourself and your work ethic. No matter how small the job or
opportunity, it might just take you to the next level.
Breonna: Always have a positive
attitude, be confident, and never give up on your dreams. Always volunteer for
every event, because you never know what’s next or who’s watching.