Models and designers are just the tip of the fashion industry iceberg… here are some other creative opportunities for the fashion-enthused!
1. Fashion Illustrator
Do you like markers more than people? Have you considered entering rehab over your sketchbook addiction? Do you sometimes wonder if your hand will permanently freeze into a pen-holding shape?
Fashion illustrators are hired by magazines, websites, brands and blogs to sketch everything from clothes to accessories. This fashion week, illustrator Meagan Morrison went from show to show quickly sketching looks and uploading them to her social media accounts and clients — her work has been featured by Marie Claire and Armani.
Perks: Direct access to editors and designers who may use your work in a story or campaign
One untapped music venue? Designer presentations.
Unlike in a traditional runway show with a soundtrack, many designers are opting for live music via an emerging artist, band or DJ. Kiki Rowe performed live at the SAUNDER presentation on a mini-stage, and DJ Samantha Ronson supported her sister (and super-cool designer) Charlotte Ronson at her presentation.
Singers, DJs, and musicians: if you’re trying to get exposure, research fashion events in your area and ask if you can audition to perform. Live music is so much cooler than a soundtrack.
Perks: Access to emerging designers, exposure to a highly creative community and perhaps a free outfit
3. Model Booker
Yes, it is true: there are people who make money staring at models and deciding which ones would best fit a designer’s show. They’re called model bookers, and they are a desperately-needed resource in any fashion capital.
Perks: Opportunity to attend fashion shows; make friends with models and designers; exposure to all types of beauty
4. Make-Up Artist/Hairstylist/Nail Artist
This one may seem obvious, but for anyone serious about getting experimental with make-up, nails and hair, working NYFW is a dream come true.
These beauty gurus are the literal trendsetters of the industry, dictating which lipstick colors, hair colors and nail trends are going to be IT in the next year — not to mention, all the gossip happens in the make-up chair!
Perks: Opportunity to collaborate with designers on looks; worldwide exposure; early access to new products
5. Street Style Photographer
Inside the tents at Lincoln Center, photographers need credentials to photograph the runway.
Outside, though? It’s fair game. And that’s where the real action takes place.
Anyone with a camera is welcome to hang outside the tents and snap pictures of all the fabulously decked-out We Heart It-celebs in-the-making.
Perks: Chance to practice your photography on willing models; unlimited content for your blog; possibility of selling photographs to major websites or magazines
6. Street Style Star
If you’ve ever dreamed of being noticed for your cray-cray bow collection or vintage sunglasses obsession, Lincoln Center during NYFW is the place for you.
Fashion-wise, the more original, the better. This is not the place to try to fit in, so leave your inhibitions at home. Wear your weirdest hat; match your bizarro socks with those vintage heels…and get ready to get noticed.
Perks: Opportunity to wear your most experimental outfit; possible worldwide attention as a trendsetter
Hearters, tell us in the comments section: what is your dream NYFW job?