Designer Internships – New Feature on Design of the Times!

Robe Lacroix Arles 2008

Design of the Times is now your online resource for design internships around the country. Each week we will publish a list of the latest internships to be announced by design houses, architecture firms, photographers, etc. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

There are many design internships available – make sure you have a current résumé, a solid cover letter and know where you want to intern. If you know a second language, you have an immediate plus in your favor. Make sure to list it!

If you love handbags, especially designer handbags, SANG A is offering an internship for the right enthusiastic person. Potential interns must posses pattern making and sewing skills. This position allows for first-hand knowledge to be gained while helping in the development of the design. Experience with professional sewing apparatus is extremely valuable. So if you are available for three to five days out of the week, check into this internship! Send a cover letter and resume (or CV) to:  [email protected].

August Silk is looking for an intern who can provide spec packs, flat sketches, and trim sheets for new upper tier sweater/knit line called “AVEC”. Requires proficiency in Excel, Illustrator and Photoshop. The opening is immediate, so please contact August Silk at or send correspondence to Nicole Hakimian at [email protected].

If you are looking for a great résumé builder look no further than this internship For Network Showroom in New York City. It calls for an driven and dedicated individual needed to aid with Market Week and Fashion Week appointments. It is a very learn-as-you go and hands on kind of position, requiring the intern to have direct contact with buyers and fashion editors. Fluency in a second language is a great asset and French or Portuguese is favored. This internship provides a monthly stipend and could become a permanent position. Send your cover letter, résumé and available dates to [email protected].

Another great intern opportunity in New York, those with a passion for fashion design only need apply. Must have skill in hand-drawn flat sketches, be able to proficiently use Illustrator, have a working knowledge of fabric, and also pattern-making and draping. If you can be available for two to five days a week check this position out. Work hours are good towards school credit and will not be paid. Send an email to [email protected] with the title “La Garçonne / Fashion Design Internship Application.” Attach your online fashion design portfolio (or send it in PDF format), and a short cover letter expounding on why you would like to intern at La Garçonne along with your résumé.

A Little Fashion Inspiration:

Revival of Lost Passions  

Christian Lacroix is one of the largest names in modern fashion. His bold and frivolous works rejuvenated rococo, a blend of flowing and ornate. He did not always dream of being a fashion designer however, and it is interesting to note that while he studied French dress in 18th century paintings at the Sorbonne in Paris, he also delved into museum studies at the Ecole de Louvre. The combination of these pursuits inspired him to follow the path of a museum curator. Fortunately for the fashion world, Lacroix met Jean-Jacques Picart in 1971 about the same time he met his future wife, Françoise Rosenthiel.

Then, Jean-Jacques played attaché to a handful of haute couture houses and assisted Lacroix in landing employment at Hermes International S.A. in 1978. In 1980 he moved on to Guy Paulin but did not settle there long. From 1981 to 1987 Lacroix worked for Jean Patou, a famous family-owned designer store. Not until 1987 did Lacroix open his own store where he began putting out ready-to-wear clothing which are the basic “off the peg” method most of us are now used to. For a serious haute couture designer, however, they are often less than phenomenal though most designer lines provide them. It was a year after this that he opened boutiques across the world while producing handbags, ties, shoes and jewelry. Christian made his mark upon the fashion world by drawing from his knowledge of clothing in history and inspiration from folklore and fantasy. With a broad scope of imagination, he endeared himself to couture world and is considered one of the most influential designers in the world.

Chad Morrison