Where Fashion's Most Powerful Names Interned

We think it’s pretty safe to say that fetching coffee and taking out the trash isn’t on anyone’s 2016 bucket list. But maybe it should be. According to a few major fashion designers, this is exactly how they got their start in the industry, and their humble attitude toward the grunt work garnered them the good fortune to leverage more-creative roles highly regarded by the biggest names in fashion. Keep scrolling to find out where Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander Wang, and more used to intern!  

Ashley Olsen: Interned at Zac Posen

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“She came in person and knocked on the door to get her internship, which is four steps farther than most interns go. She had that drive, and that’s what makes someone special.” — Zac Posen on Ashley Olsen to People

Tom Ford: Interned at Chloé

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“I was an intern at the Chloé press office. Packing shoes. Wrapping shoes with tissue paper. Labeling them and putting them back on the shoe rack. That was about all I did.” — Tom Ford to Esquire

Lauren Conrad: Interned at Teen Vogue

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“It was less about the work I was doing and more about being exposed to the industry and the inner workings of a magazine. I really loved the shoots.” — Lauren Conrad to Teen Vogue

Alexander Wang: Interned at Marc Jacobs

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“Interning taught me how the industry worked, and retail taught me how the market worked. I was at Marc Jacobs first, and then I did Teen Vogue and Vogue. We’re not in an industry where we’re isolated.” —Alexander Wang to Dazed

Karl Lagerfeld: Interned at Pierre Balmain

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While most sources list Lagerfeld start as an assistant, WWD counts him working as an intern for Pierre Balmain.

“To me, hierarchy doesn’t exist. Everyone is as important, the CEO or my cleaning lady.” — Karl Lagerfeld to WWD

Have you had a fashion internship? What was your experience like? Share with us in the comments!