New York Fashion Week is a major event in the life of the city, and students from the Fashion Institute of Technology help make it happen, filling hundreds of volunteer positions. Last fall, we filmed these fresh arrivals to the Big Apple—they came from around the world—as they immersed themselves in this hard-knocks industry for the first time.
We followed them from their training at the college (“No gum chewing!”) to backstage at some of NYFW’s hottest shows. They worked with designers and stylists, seated VIPs along the runway, dressed models, and scored the soles of Christian Louboutins so the models wouldn’t slip. “Honestly?” one student says, “Everything is exciting, ’cause I’ve never done this before.”