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HWS students investigate Careers in Couture

Earlier this month, students attending the HWS New York Fashion Day networking event met with representatives from Ralph Lauren, Benetton, Clinique, The Gap, Liz Claiborne, Tommy Hilfiger and others. Alums and industry insiders gave tips on breaking into the competitive world of fashion, including resume and interview advice.

In the afternoon, students toured a state-of-the-art Container Store in Manhattan where they received a behind the scenes look at the order placement process and how the product reaches the consumer.

(For a gallery of images from the event, click here.)

Mary Kate Bates ’09 was enthusiastic about what she learned after attending the event. “The day was such a great experience. I learned a lot about the industry and enjoyed talking to the alums about their careers and their time at the Colleges. I am very interested in this industry and feel this did give me a leg up, she said. “They gave great advice for surviving the industry, what to do, how to prepare and more.

Other students remarked on the value of a liberal arts degree in a competitive job market. “What definitely helped was that so many people did not necessarily have a one-track education that led them directly to their career, said Lila Feldman ’10. “They all had really well-rounded educations. The event really broadened my horizons, and let us all know that as long as we're versatile, we can make it in this field.

The HWS Fashion Day event was made possible through the contributions of dedicated parents and alums, including Linda Arrington ’88, Kristen Dennehy ’90, Kevin Fuller ’90, Carlo Tunioli P’10, Elizabeth Spruance ’90 and Julie Workman ’89. Other contributors included Michael Schriver, Tara Rivera, Gina Lau and Jerry Wu.

The Office of Career Services hosted five networking events in New York City and Washington over the holiday break focusing on advertising/PR, media, financial, fashion and political fields.