Fashion Scout, the largest off-schedule event during London Fashion Week, seeks to promote pioneering designers from across the world. The event has both presentations and catwalk shows, and with designers such as Pam Hogg, Orange Culture and Phoebe English having shown with us, our 23 seasons are unrivalled for their creative design talent.
Each season we offer volunteer opportunities to those with a thirst for learning about the industry from the inside. With positions available such as front of house, backstage dressing and event production, there is plenty of scope to learn how such a large and prestigious fashion event runs.
We caught up with Dani Wall, a previous volunteer at Fashion Scout with an impressive intern history at places such as Wonderland and Topman Design, to hear how volunteering helped her career - and how it could help yours!
How did you become a volunteer for Fashion Scout?
My teacher at college at the time suggested we could sign up to volunteer during the event.
What did you learn in your time volunteering?
I learned how a fashion show is run from behind the scenes, how the model casting runs, hair and makeup, fittings, as well as the production that is involved in terms of line-up, music, projection and choreography.
Where have you worked since?
Since volunteering I have worked at Fashion Scout, as Production Co-ordinator and Assistant to the Operations Manager, and GFW. I have also interned at Topman Design, Wonderland, and worked for one of the councils in London on the Creative Production for their summer events. I have also worked at a music festival, with Artist Logistics, as well as assisting on photoshoots and other events.
How did volunteering help you?
I think it helped me realise how much work goes into a fashion show, as well as helping me work my way up in the industry. Having Fashion Scout as an experience has helped me to apply to other roles where I previously would not have had enough experience to do.
What advice would you give to a volunteer to help them succeed?
I would tell them to enjoy the experience and take everything in, even though some of the tasks might seem irrelevant it is the spirit and hard working attitude that will make people remember you and ask you to come back for other jobs in the future. Also ask questions, talk to people as it is a great opportunity to network with designers and other creatives.
If you would like to apply to be part of the team for Autumn / Winter 2018, this February, running from 16th - 20th, fill out the form here. Applications close 10/01/2018.
Photography by Dani Wall