You must buy all designer clothing: This is super false. If anyone can appreciate the excitement of a good find at H&M or Zara, it’s fashion people.
Everyone is mean in the fashion industry: Yes, there are mean people, but I would say the industry is still dominated by very nice people overall. The world of fashion is so small, and everyone is so dependent on each other. If you’re mean to someone, it’s going to come back to bite you when you need something a few years later, which you will.
No one eats: False. If anything, you just forget to eat because there is so much going on. You have to set an alarm to remember to get food or have someone else pick it up for you.
You need to go to fashion school to get a job in the industry: While going to a fashion-specific school will help if you maintain the goal of becoming a designer, there are plenty of liberal arts universities that offer majors that will help you get a career in the fashion industry. Those who aspire to work in the fashion industry do not need a bachelor’s degree in fashion to succeed. Designers and publications look for people with diverse backgrounds including English, public relations, marketing, communications.
The days are excruciatingly long: This one is actually true. People in the fashion industry have insane hours, but more often than not, you don’t hear them complaining about it. If you are like me and are completely obsessed with what you do while wanting a fashion career so badly it hurts your soul, then you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing anything.
You’ll have to do crazy tasks for your boss: As an intern for various companies, I was definitely sent on many tasks, but truth be told I was never asked to do anything outrageous. In all honesty, I loved running errands that required me to step out of the office. They were always fun and kept my job interesting.
No, Fashion Week isn’t all endless parties, not every job is straight out of The Devil Wears Prada, and yes, us fashion people definitely eat.