Day: July 8, 2020

During COVID, Magazine Assistants Are Running Fashion Closets From Their Bedrooms

Photographer: Lexi LambrosNo Restrictions: Internal and editorial use approved. OK for Native and co-branded use.
Photographer: Lexi LambrosNo Restrictions: Internal and editorial use approved. OK for Native and co-branded use.

Fashion magazines are fueled by large-scale photo shoots, features with high-profile celebrities, and coverage of red carpet events. A lot of this isn’t possible without the team behind the scenes: the fashion assistants. These assistants call in and organize all products that are then placed on talent for said events or cover shoots. The products – apparel, accessories, shoes, fine and costume jewelry, and extras – are housed in a fashion closet near the fashion department. It’s common for the closet to be the smallest room in the office – leaving fashion assistants and interns to create jigsaw puzzles to make sure everything fits and is organized for impromptu run-throughs or visual displays of upcoming shoots for the stylist to review.

When I was a fashion assistant, I remember being blocked in by trend boards,

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