7 Things I Didn’t Expect To Learn About Fashion As An Intern

1. The industry abides by ridiculous email etiquette.

  • a) Everyday is a holiday, begin all e-mails, “Happy ____ (insert day of the week).”
  • b) When in doubt, add tons of exclamation points. “Sorry I lost your samples!!”
  • c) Signing e-mails “xxx” is the new “best.”

2. Maybe I should’ve wanted to be a hair stylist. Does it get any better than charging $150 a day to fish-braid a model’s hair, then stand around at the photo shoot waiting to tuck fly-aways in place, while eating catered gourmet food? Oh wait, I guess it does – waiting to undress models isn’t so bad either.

3. Models are human.

  • a) They eat. At photo shoots I’m shocked when models not only go for the brownies, but sneak seconds, even thirds! Stuck in traffic on a long RV ride from a shoot on location, I chatted with the model and she confessed, “Leave me alone for too long and I can’t stop eating,” as she ate right out of the salad serving tray. If only we were all lucky enough to eat when we’re bored and still make a living off being skinny.
  • b) During fashion week backstage they sat in hair and makeup as attached to their smart phones as any other twenty-something.

4. Street style bloggers are to fashion what paparazzi are to celebrities. “I dress for Scott everyday,” a fellow intern admitted during fashion week. If you can’t score front row runway seats, or even standing, next season sit in front of Lincoln Center and you’ll still get a show. Street style bloggers wait for stylish people (average folk, crashers and editors) entering and exiting shows to photograph them, sometimes in a forceful paparazzi manner that requires chasing and begging.

5. The people who care the least get paid the most. Most fashion photographers seem to care less about fashion and they’re paid the most, while stylist assistants live and breathe it for $12/hr, 12 hour days.

6. Steaming is an artform few can master.

7. Even if you know nothing about fashion, properly pronouncing designers’ names makes it sound like you know everything. It’s Givenchy [zhi-vahn-shee; Fr. zhee-vahn-shee]! Baby steps. TC mark

image – José Goulão

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  • Anonymous

    I loved this! Maybe because I can relate madly, for the times I worked as an intern in Elle Turkey Mag, I believe the whole fashion world is a circus.

  • guest

    TC editors are my favourite. “salad serving trey”

    • guest

      “””trey”””

      • guest

        “””””””trey”””””””

      • guest

        “”””””””””””””””””””trey””””””””””””””””””””

    • Sara David

      yeah :-/

      i am also peeved by the lack of differentiating between “every day” and “everyday”

  • http://twitter.com/spencercniemetz Spencer Niemetz

    oh my god, i have been mispronouncing givenchy all this time??? i deserve deat

    • http://twitter.com/spencercniemetz Spencer Niemetz

      h.

  • http://twitter.com/ingenuegle Egle Makaraite

    Cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198922828 Marianna Elvira

    Upon realising Givenchy is French, it makes perfect sense for it to be pronounced that way.

  • Anonymous

    did you even master the art form of steaming? you can’t leave us with that cliffhanger

    • Anonymous

      nope

  • Not everyday

    Every day

  • guest

    12/hr isn’t bad.  Try working at CVS.  

    • http://www.amberchandler.com Amber C.

      It’s bad if you’re living in New York City where it costs $2000+ a month to rent a studio apartment. 

      • guest

        Thanks for the education, but I used to live in NYC.  It’s called Queens.  With roommates.

      • http://www.amberchandler.com Amber C.

        Congratulations. I lived in Queens, too. With six other roommates in a three-bedroom. However some people don’t want to have college-like living situations for the rest of their lives. 

      • guest

        Don’t mind me, I’m just bitter about being poor.  

  • Jessica

    I just thought this would be more interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/arhcamt R

    i learned the zhee-vahn-shee from a perfume store clerk when she offered me a tester. i owe her.

  • uhzi

    im pretty sure number 3a is true because most models are bulimic

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