Tell Me! Tell Me! How Do I Volunteer for NY Fashion Week?

25 Jan

Edna E Mode

Please note: Although this post was written in 2011, this post’s topic is updated frequently via comments on upcoming shows and information!

“Well, I am sure I don’t know, darling. Luck favors the prepared!”

I am going to bring  you as much as I can, the NYFALL 2011 runway shows will begin in about 20 days.  Fashion designers are doing the last preparation for their six months of planning; which consists of  model selections, hair, makeup, SHOES, accessories, lighting design, sound and music.   A lot of hard work!

I’ve received about 10 – 15  e-mails this evening, asking how do you go about volunteering for Fashion Week.  Unfortunately the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Volunteer Program is no longer accepting volunteers for the NYFALL 2011 shows, the deadline was December 17th.

So what do you do? You go for the 2012 Spring Collection!   Start getting you resume together now and work on your cover letter;  outline who you are and why YOU should be considered < a brief summary;  not a book>.

Begin checking the site at www.mbfashionweek.com; as NYFALL2011 ends.  This is when you can begin to find out when resumes can be sent to mbfw_volunteers@cfda.com and be considered for the collection the site is requesting volunteers for at that time.

Remember it is a lot of work, but such a great opportunity!

  • Help keep up the main event Information Desk
  • Assist in the Volunteer Center
  • Various other tasks for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Staff
  • Runway Venue Preparation
  • Designer Guest Ushers
  • Backstage Assistance and Set Up
  • Assemble Gift Bags and Press Kits

Don’t forget the seating arrangements for the whose who’s, press, seating ; you name it!   So, if you get star struck, then re-think whether you can be professional in this venue.

I would also pay attention to the sponsors for NYFALL2011 show, getting yourself familiarize helps and review some of the runway videos on my blog to see what are the happenings backstage, can definitely help. :)

 

Upcoming Show!

Good Luck!

Letia

Edna ‘E’ Mode photo & quote by Disney for Pixar Films.  Backstage photo of Christian V Siriano.

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79 Responses to “Tell Me! Tell Me! How Do I Volunteer for NY Fashion Week?”

  1. aBottome July 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM #

    Hello Letia!
    I just wanted to know how strict is it to assist the interview? The email I received clearly stated that no phone or skype calls were allowed. The thing is I’m on class and it’s really difficult for me to go, plus the money I need to spend just for a 10 min interview.
    I wouldn’t want to miss the chance, but I find it difficult for me to be in ny in a week.
    Thank you!

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® July 28, 2014 at 1:17 AM #

      You will have to follow their interview guidelines. ☺️

    • Laura July 28, 2014 at 1:30 AM #

      Tell me about it, I’m from Australia haha it will be a super expensive trip for 10mins, but totally worth it! I hope you can make the interview lovely :)

  2. Kenley July 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM #

    I have an interview on the 4th of august, I am extremely nervous. What questions should i be prepared for? ahhh im so excited :) !!

    • Laura July 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM #

      Hey Kenley! That’s awesome!!! Has your interview time been confirmed yet? I got the confirmation email asking me to fill in preferred interview times. I know they sent out more invitations for interviews than actual interview times so hopefully we get our interviews!!! Would be so awesome if we get in, chance of a lifetime! :) I think they said times will be confirmed no later than the 31st august and that you had to put in your times by 5pm on the 28th….so maybe we hear after the 28th but before the 31st? I just want to know now!!!! :P

  3. Samantha May 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM #

    Hi!
    i am so glad that you post an amazing article like that. I’ve been looking for this and it actually push me to volunteer in Fashion week more. Fashion is something that i always wanted to do, but at some point in my life things were not going right and i have to give up. Not totally now i am looking for next opportunity. I remember in high school i wanted to volunteer and no one could have give a straight answer. Please give me all the information that i need to know so i can start preparing. But i have some questions 1. How do you apply? 2.Do you have to have experience in fashion to apply? 3.Do you have to send resume and picture when sending the e-mail?

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® May 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM #

      Hi Samantha! The post has all the information to go to the MB website, if you also read the post’s many comments you will see most of your Q&A answered! Good Luck! 😄

  4. nicole January 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

    Hello,
    I want to volunteer for FW but i live in louisiana, do you know if they do phone interviews if you dont live in the areas! And by looking at previous comments i dont want to go all the way to NYC for a 5min interview! But i am willing to go for a week to volunteer!

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® January 29, 2014 at 5:03 AM #

      The interviews are by phone first. If you are accepted, then you make arrangements to be available for the event’s scheduled location. 😊

  5. Toya January 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

    I Want to volunteer this year is the door still open!

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® January 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM #

      Hi Toya,

      You will have to try by checking the website and sending a note to the e-mail address provided, which is mbfw_volunteers@cfda.com. Fall Winter starts Feb 6 – 13….so it may be late… but try anyway. If late, you will have to wait to Sept. for the Spring/Summer .Good Luck!!!!

  6. Olu January 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM #

    Hi! I was scheduled an interview on the 10th of January at 12:30 p.m. What sort of questions do they ask you? I want to make sure I am 100% prepared.

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® January 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM #

      Hi Olu! The interview will be only about 5 – 10 minutes, confirmation of who your are, availability and why do you want to volunteer! Good Luck!

  7. Katie Walsh October 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM #

    Do you happen to know if volunteer work is still offered for the next upcoming Fashion Week?

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® October 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM #

      Volunteer is offered for every Fashion Week. You would have to check periodically on the mbfashionweek.com website to get the announcements and dates. The same procedure would be the same to apply! Good Luck! :)

  8. Katie Walsh October 20, 2013 at 6:24 AM #

    Hi Letia,

    I have a few questions and I am sure you could know the answer to them! I am very passionate about fashion and grew up very young loving it. I am currently in my first semester at a community college and plan on transferring within the next year to FIT. I have not done any work ever interning/volunteering or have a portfolio. I want to major in Marketing and Advertising. Doing PR and on the side freelancing as a stylist or something. I do not have too much knowledge in PR yet. I work in retail as a sales associate. I know it is all about experience in the fashion world. Knowing you must be smart knowing the basic key points you have to hit to get where you want to be based off of connections, interning etc. Also, dressing the part, being outgoing and talkative. I wanted to volunteer for New York Fashion week. I am good at whatever involves fashion and a hard worker. The only problem I am struggling in is how to start off. What do I say in the email for volunteering. Do I keep it short or do I explain why I love fashion week and the passion I have working in this field?

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® October 20, 2013 at 6:50 AM #

      Hi Katie! You are doing all the right things! And you definitely show passion! For your e-mail, keep it short and when a return call is granted, then you can elaborate….but it is usually just five to ten minutes a interview will last! To answer additional questions on working on the field, go back to my blog and in the SEARCH area type, Mary Alice. This is a great post on how fabulous she is, plus a link on how to land a job in the Fashion industry! It can give you some pointers! Congrats on FIT! Wishing you the best and let me know how you are progressing ! Letia😊

  9. Krestini A.Wiradisuria September 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM #

    Dear Lethia,
    Im JC 50years old musician from south east asia Indonesia,just like to explore my other interest in fashion photography and like to share and learn more from the fashion week NYC and the world to the fullest

  10. Karolin August 15, 2013 at 12:36 AM #

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have
    found something which helped me. Many thanks!

  11. Elizabeth August 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM #

    Hi Letia!
    So I would like to know if you absolutely have to be eight-teen, or if some designers/ stlyist would be willing to hire a six-teen year old? I would really like to be invovled in Fashion Week and feel really discouraged when it comes to career such things, because there’s an age limit.

  12. Diamond Conner August 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM #

    I have an interview for NY fashion week and I wanted to know what do they ask during the interview?

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® August 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM #

      Hi Diamond! Congrats! ? About fashion, age and availability! From all the previous interviews my readers have had, it’s brief. See comments below for ideas and good luck! :)

  13. Sindy Salcedo August 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

    Hi Letia,

    I love this post makes me feel on the right track. Should my first email to MBFW just be an inquiry email, asking for more info or should I include my résumé and cover letter right off the bat? I would love to volunteer for the upcoming September show! :)

  14. Kaitlin July 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM #

    Hi,

    I’m from Australia and have an interview for Melbourne spring fashion week. I’m just wondering what I should wear? Do the interviewers want to see my personal style or should I dress for a formal job interview?

    Thanks kaitlin

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® July 9, 2013 at 5:58 AM #

      Hello Kaitilin! Go with your personal style and just be professional! Be prepared to answer their questions. Good Luck, let me know how it went!

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  16. natuafia June 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM #

    Hey is their an age limit ? And where can I get an application ?

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® June 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM #

      Please go to the MBFF website and access the e-mail address to request the additional info, I believe there is no age limit but the individual does have to be at least 18 years old of age (adult). Thanks, Letia :)

  17. Valentina Flores June 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM #

    Hi Letia!!

    I sent an e-mail to mbfw requesting info to volunteeer in MBFW nyc is going to be on september 5th 2013, and i got a response that said i should apply on summer and i sent an e mail and no response, im from Mexico, i would really really love to go as a makeup volunteer, what do i have to do? thank you!!

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® June 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM #

      Hello Valentina…you have to keep checking the website on when the application process is open for volunteering and submit then. It is usually around July. Don’t be discouraged! :)

      • Valentina Flores June 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM #

        Thank you very much!! :D:D

  18. A.M. March 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM #

    Hello Letia,

    I will be turning 18 in July, so I can apply for Spring/Summer 2014, but is it too early to apply now for Spring/Summer 2014? or is it too late? because I heard that people apply months before the show. By the way, I do not have any fashion/clothing etc. background, but I want to try for this because I want to know if this is the industry I want to be in (find myself).

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® March 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM #

      You have a little time, but I would send an email to mbfw_volunteers@cfda.com and inquire about when is the best time to apply to volunteer for the event.

      MBFW SS 2014 is usually held in September – so the last week of July and beginning of August is about the time, volunteering applications are accepted.

      And if fashion is your passion..Aziza..then go for it! :)

      I know you are looking forward to your birthday..wishing you the best and lots of luck.

  19. Anna V February 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM #

    hi,
    my name is Anna and i’m 22. I’d love to gain some new experience in the fashion world after finishing my apprenticeship as a clothing engineering assistant. I’m not too sure about how I should apply? How should an application for the fashion week look like? I don’t want to look like a typical german kraut, that doesnt’t even know what to write or not;-) Could you please give me some advice?
    Thanks

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® February 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM #

      Hello Anna!

      First, I would suggest you go to the web page as instructed in the post and indicate you are interested in being a volunteer. The MBFW representatives will respond with the requirements and merely just a phone call. Taking information from the ladies who have already applied, its just a few questions they will ask (5 minutes). Try that first and since you are already a clothing engineering asst you may fit right in! Viel Glück! Letia :)

  20. Jaime Heath January 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM #

    I have been looking all over the interney for more info on volunteering for MBFW in NYC and your blog has been the most informative! I’m so excited/nervous because I have an interview tomorrow to volunteer at the Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Week. My email said it would be very brief (5 minutes!) What kind of questions will they ask in that amount of time? I also clinched the very last interview time slot. Any suggestions on how to make a lasting impression in just a few minutes?!

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® January 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM #

      ? will be why are you interested in MBFW and how is your personality! And will you be star struck? IT’s a lot of work too! Just be yourself and know that it is a wonderful opportunity for you! You will do fine! For lasting impressions – just have your hair done and makeup done lightly – not to heavy. Again….You will do fine!! And Jaime , let me know what happens and best of luck!

      Letia :)

      • Jaime Heath January 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM #

        Hi Letia! I had my interview yesterday and when I woke up this morning I had an email that I was chosen to volunteer! Thanks for the advice and provided a forum where I could find out more details on this subject, it really helped prepare me for yesterday and now for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013!

        • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® January 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

          Hello there! Jaime!!!! That was a wonderful wake up e- mail! Did you do a happy dance? :).

          I am so happy for you and wish you the best! Most of all have fun! When you finish, I would love to know how was the experience for you! One again Yayyyyy! And CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

    • soniquesonique January 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

      Hey Jaime. I’m sure your interview went well. I too was a little nervous that it was so short. They offered me a position today! Did you get picked?

  21. Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® January 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM #

    Due to the ever increasing number of people requesting to be placed on the list for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York F/W 2013 invitations and credentials, they have had to limit the number of Press and Industry representatives being accredited. Therefore, I will not be attending any runway shows for this season! However, I will be attending through livestream and bring some of the hot fashions. For those who did get in to volunteer; Congratulations and have fun; plus give me some feedback! Oh! Those interested for the Fall, keep trying!

    Cheers! Letia

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  23. Thira Seifert September 27, 2012 at 8:22 PM #

    hi my name is Thira Seifert and I want to become a fashion designer or an even planner for fashion. I would like to get as much experience as possible, ESPECIALLY fashion week. I have no experience in the industry but I have an insane passion and drive to do what I can do get such experiences. Where can I start? And how can I work up to volunteering at MBFW? Or interning when my resume doesn’t have a lot to offer whereas I do.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated :) thanks :)

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® September 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM #

      To be a volunteer for fashion week, the post gives you most of the answers. However, if you want to become a designer…start sketching and drawing your ideas on what you create. Followed by learning and reading about today’s designs..As you see from many of the responses, you can submit a paragrah simply like your queston to me and that would be enough. The only way to know if you give it a try! Good luck! Letia ! :)

      • Thira Seifert September 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM #

        Awesome thanks so much :)

  24. Susan September 14, 2012 at 2:42 AM #

    Hi Letia,
    I will be volunteering tomorrow at my local Fashion Night Out Salt Lake City, this would be my first time and I still don’t know what to wear? My contact, one of the coordinators said that there are no dress requirements but most everyone will be wearing dresses and heels, I’d be probably backstage but that’s not for sure either =$ Should I wear a dress a heels too? =O Any suggestions would be very appreciated, Thanks so much! Susan.

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® September 14, 2012 at 5:37 AM #

      Good Morning Susan, it’s around 5:30 am here on the East Coast! Congratulations ! What to wear? I would wear a dress and comfortable heels, where your feet will not be hurting!

      Usually, a sheath type dress would do and play it up with accessories…a bold necklace, bracelet and conversational cocktail ring! Sometimes, if I don’t have a bold necklace….a silk scarf around the neck! Go shopping in your closet and lay the pieces on the bed with the accessories plus shoes to get an idea (sometimes I lay the clothes right there on the carpet floor to get a visual). Hair, makeup done, then you will be ready!

      If you are still wondering about the heels, have a back up Like foldable flats that fit in your purse…just in case! More questions, just le me know. But I have a feeling you are going to be looking fabulous !

      You are going to have a wonderful time and let me know how everything went!

      Letia. :)

  25. Abhi September 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM #

    Hey Letia,

    I’m 21 and I really want to volunteer for MBFW for Spring 2013. But, I don’t have any experience in this industry but just love the fashion world. How do you think I should go about it? Your feedback is valuable.

    Thank you.

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® September 5, 2012 at 6:17 AM #

      Abhi, it does not matter if you are in the industry, it matters how you represent yourself on your application to the coordinators for their review process.

      Fashion Week is to start and you application should have been submitted around the beginning of August! However, I would still submit one, so you know their process and you can prepare for the next one. Also, start tracking your favorite designers, so you can perhaps write and or refer to them also in you applications.

      If you read some of the comments, there are a few people who got a spot, you can utilize also to get some feedback too!

      Hope this helps!

    • jenny bakers September 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM #

      I submitted my resume in the last week of august to the MBFW and got called in today for an interview for the 2013 spring show, before i could get home they called me and told me i was accepted. I found it to be easy. It’s not hard like people are making it out to be at all.

      • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® September 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM #

        Jenny ! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing! Please let me know how the experience, once the Spring 2013 show has concluded! Once again congratulations!!! :)

        • jenny bakers September 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM #

          thank you

      • chris January 15, 2013 at 12:25 AM #

        Jenny how was the interview process? what type of questions did they ask? thanks

        • soniquesonique January 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM #

          I had an interview this Wednesday. They only asked two questions. What do you hope to get out of this experience and what do you bring to the table. Very brief.

  26. Carolina July 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM #

    Heyy I just got accepted for an interview for MBFW next week :) yay!!! But now I really don’t know what to wear. Please Help!!!

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® July 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM #

      oMG! That is so wonderful! I am so happy for you! You should be yourself! I know that’s not helping you! Ok. Wear a skinny pants, black with a nice flat or heels, and a nice top, but do accessorize! Keep in mind you will be working and you don’t want them to get the impression you want to be on the runway and get discovered! Your makeup should be fresh and practice your smile. Be yourself and you will do fine! I have my toes crossed , as well as my fingers.! Please let me know how you did! Is this for the Fall. September!? It doesn’t matter good luck! Yaaaaaaay!

      • Carolina July 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM #

        Yayyy!! Okay Thank you soo much :) and yess it’s for the September. I’ll let you know how it went.

  27. Kasheema May 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM #

    I recently sent in my application for volunteering for September fashion week of this year in ny but its too early to request that….They say the opening date is july 26th so will try back then!

    • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® May 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM #

      Kasheema.. I wish you the BEST OF LUCK!!!!! Before you know it, it will be July….I am looking forward to it this year. If you get selected (fingers crossed), please let me know all about it from your point of view. Letia :)

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  29. Marsu August 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM #

    hey!could you give me a link where i can submmit my application for volunteering in fashion weeks?

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  31. Shari June 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM #

    Hey Annisa! I got selected to! I don’t think those accommodations are provided… I am actually looking for a roommate so if you or if you know any other volunteer that want to split a hotel let me know! I am staying for the whole week 13th-19th(fly out)

  32. Annisa June 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM #

    I was accepted for the volunteer program next month for MBFW Miami and I’m so excited! However, I have not received any itinerary or any follow up information (travel and hotel arrangements, etc) after confirming and haven’t had any luck getting in contact with anyone! Help?! It’s less than a month away!

    • lmlifestyledesign June 23, 2011 at 3:59 AM #

      Call MBFW and get a confirmation…it’s getting close!

      • Sindy Salcedo January 7, 2014 at 2:37 PM #

        Leticia!!! My heart is so broken. I haven’t been able to land this gig, this is my 2nd time applying!!! Should I give up this dream?

        • Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® January 7, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

          Sindy! I am so sorry you did not get selected! Please do not let that discourage you! You probably an excellent candidate to volunteer, however there may be other factors, the quota is filled, limitations on events, etc. ! I too try every year to get invited to a specific designer’s show and don’t get it in…..however I still try. So don’t be discouraged? 😉

  33. faye June 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM #

    Hey, My niece is 20 and she would be interested in applying. She lives in the UK though, is this going to be a problem? She has college experience and would just stay with me for 2 weeks as I live over here.

    Thanks Faye

    • lmlifestyledesign June 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM #

      That would not be a problem! Apply and indicate her address abroad; also with your address in States showing she would be available! Good Luck! Letia :)

  34. Christina May 9, 2011 at 4:23 PM #

    Hi Letia,

    I was just curious to know. Would age possibly make a difference?
    I’m 18 and I would most definitely love to volunteer. But knowing I have to send a resume and cover letter makes me assume I need to have much experience and as said I’m only 18 so unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of experience as I would want to.
    I would truly appreciate any feedback.

    Thank you

    • lmlifestyledesign May 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM #

      Your age is fine! Just keep checking periodically to know when they are accepting applications. In the meantime, you can work on having your resume and cover letter completed. As a FYI, the cover letter is the clincher to getting picked or not, so be open to tell the reader about yourself, why you love fashion and how this volunteer opportunity is wonderful! Good Luck! Remember keep checking the website; before you know it will be Fashion week again! :)

  35. Lila July 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM #

    How did you make your application stand out to ultimately get picked? How was the interview?

  36. Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® July 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM #

    Please read the comments for answers to the frequently asked questions, the interview involves a few question. 😊

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