Imagine a glamorous, action-packed three days in New York City meeting famous fashion designers, attending photo shoots, and getting the inside scoop of how the fashion industry works. This may seem like a fantasy, but for Marymount University senior Chauncea Carothers, a Fashion Merchandising and English double major, the dream is about to become reality.
Chauncea was one of a lucky few chosen out of 10,000 applicants to attend the 2010 Teen Vogue Fashion University (TVFU), being held October 22 – 24. Started in 2006, the program’s goal is to educate young fashionistas about the fashion industry. TVFU offers classes, marketing seminars, design contests, concerts, private shopping events, and lectures from industry insiders, including such top fashion designers as Vera Wang and Jason Wu, publicists, and other fashion icons.
As part of the competition process, Chauncea was asked to write a personal essay about her career aspirations. “For me, that was easy,” she explains. “I love fashion show production and have been involved in Portfolio in Motion, Marymount’s annual student fashion show, all four years. In addition, I established the fashion club at my high school, where I produced twelve shows.”
Chauncea feels that experience, plus that fact that she’s been a Teen Vogue reader since the age of ten, helped her in the selection process. She adds, “I wrote that I was also interested in fashion journalism, and I’m thrilled that my seminars will include sessions with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Amy Astley.”
Chauncea’s schedule is tailored to her interests, so another seminar that she is looking forward to is “Creating a Company on Good Conscience.” She points out, “The fashion industry is quite competitive, and I believe this seminar will focus on how your business should reflect who you are – basically, be true to your values, your vision, and yourself. Your goal should not be to knock off someone else’s work by simply changing where the buttons go.”
Other activities involving all the TVFU students will include attending a fashion photo shoot, a Lucky Brand Jeans “floor tour,” and a Juicy Couture reception.
At the end of the three-day crash course in fashion, the students will receive a graduation certificate. Chauncea is excited to be part of this inside look at the fashion industry. Looking ahead, she says, “I can’t wait to go to fashion boot camp!”