University Fashion Group Tackles Fashion Week

Courtesy of the University Fashion Group

As models hit the runways for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, University Fashion Group members hit backstage. The University Fashion Group (UFG) sent selected members to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) to volunteer for three different designers’ shows.

The Fashion Group members were accepted for the NYFW adventure based on an application, how active they were in the group, their position in the organization and their membership points.

While at NYFW, members volunteered backstage at Tess Giberson, Trina Turk and Lela Rose’s shows. Members helped dress models before they walked out on the runway.

“I was assigned four looks - four models each with one look in the show,”UFG Vice-President of Operations and Lela Rose Volunteer Whitney Chan said.

The group spent most of their time volunteering behind the scenes, but they were able to see some important figures in fashion.

Chan’s favorite moment was seeing Grace Coddington and Bill Cunningham outside the Lincoln Center. “We had just finished dressing the Lela Rose show and we were taking a group picture in front of the venue, when both of them appeared to attend the next show,” said Chan. “It was so exciting to see such prominent figures in the fashion industry that so many of us from University Fashion Group look up to.”

Other members were thrilled to see the models they dressed out on the runway. “My favorite moment was the finale line up for Lela Rose, because it was my favorite collection out of the two shows,” UFG Vice President of Productions Mong Bui said. “I worked and my dressing responsibilities had decreased tremendously so I could enjoy gawking at the beautiful garments that were brought to life by picture-perfect models,” said Bui.

Chan said oversized florals and gingham will be spring’s biggest trends. “Florals for spring, not exactly new, but there was this oversized floral print backstage at Lela Rose’s show that was gorgeous,” Chan said. 

“A good balance between bright and soft, pastel colors, lots of draping and romantic styles,” said Bui.

The organization’s members learned about everything that goes into a fashion show and how hectic it can be. “We got to see all the small details back stage, like how they scrutinize each and every detail of the clothes before they go out on stage. By trimming every stray thread and steaming away every wrinkle, the production team is trying to reach perfection,” said Chan.

There were benefits for both the group and the designers. The designers appreciated the group’s professionalism and free help, and group members gained important contacts.

UFG plans on attending NYFW in the spring as well and looks forward to working with even more designers.

Check out the University Fashion Group’s photos of NYFW by going to their website or following them on Twitter