LSU Student Attends New York Fashion Week
BATON ROUGE - Fashion was front and center in New York City last week, and LSU junior Katie Brunet experienced it like a celebrity.
Brunet, an apparel design major from Baton Rouge, earned the trip to New York Fashion Week after she was selected by LSU Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising faculty. The immersive experience in New York City, hosted by IMG College Licensing and IMG’s fashion events division, included fashion shows and networking events at companies like Victoria’s Secret Pink.
“Attending New York Fashion Week is the dream of anyone in the industry, and it has been a personal dream of mine for many years. Getting to experience that in addition to being given so many networking opportunities and invaluable experiences was something I definitely did not want to pass up,” Brunet said.
Brunet was one of 17 students participating, from 13 different universities around the country.
“The trip was extremely fast-paced as New York Fashion Week thrives off of speed and energy, and we were put right in the middle of all of it. Everything we did was extremely interesting and beneficial in its own way, but I will never forget the feeling I had watching my first New York Fashion Week runway show,” said Brunet. “We got to see three runway shows at three different venues, so it was something different every time. Another highlight of the trip for me was getting to listen in on a panel of very accomplished women talking about empowering women and sharing their journeys in the fashion industry. I also got my picture taken by a street-style photographer!”
Bruce Cameron, head of the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising in LSU’s College of Agriculture said trips like this support Brunet’s coursework and education.
“Branding has become increasingly more important to the fashion industry. Experiencing this aspect of the industry firsthand is an invaluable experience for an apparel design student. As Katie is somewhat familiar with the industry, this experience will allow her the ability to ask more pertinent questions of industry representatives, which can only enhance her career opportunities,” Cameron said. “Additionally, getting the ‘behind the scenes’ look that she will be provided will allow her to receive a greater insight of the design process as she moves into her senior year as an apparel design student where she will be creating her own collection. The opportunity will also allow Katie to interact with her peers from other institutions.”
Brunet said the experience will be helpful for her growing fashion career.
“After seeing how many different types of people it takes to put on an event like New York Fashion Week, I discovered some potential career paths that I did not even think existed. I met people who work in the industry who gave me such good advice for getting an internship or first job and will be great connections in the future,” Brunet said.
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