Fashion Mingle provides young professionals with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get real-world experience in the New York fashion industry. Participants are mentored by experienced fashion industry professionals during insider tours and behind-the-scenes access to fashion week.
Exclusive NYFW Backstage Access
Fashion Mingle has managed NYFW backstage teams for over 20 seasons and we love sharing our access for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Participants will work backstage and gain experience in fashion show production.
Students will learn how setup backstage and front of house, prepare collections, dress models, manage press and fashion show attendees, and create content and post to social media.
Working backstage in a fashion show is an experience that provides hands-on learning and essential knowledge about the fashion industry. Witness the fast-paced and creative environment backstage fuels passion and inspires students, paving the way for a rewarding career in the dynamic world of fashion.
From assisting with garment preparation to collaborating with industry professionals, participants will have a deep understanding of fashion show production.
Working front of house in a fashion show is a transformative experience, providing invaluable insights into the fashion industry and cultivating essential skills.
From managing guests and seating arrangements to observing the creative process, this role offers a firsthand understanding of event management, networking opportunities, and the fusion of design elements.
Dover Street Market
Dover Street Market is a high-end fashion retail store known for its avant-garde approach to fashion retail. With over 100 brands, the store showcases many emerging and independent designers while also featuring luxury brands such as Prada, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci.
In addition to its New York location, there are also Dover Street Market stores in London, Tokyo, Beijing, and Los Angeles.
The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology
The Museum at FIT has a permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the eighteenth century to the present. The exhibits include important designers such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood to name a few.
5th Ave & Madison Ave Flagship Stores
After seeing the exhibits at the Museum at FIT, our tour of 5th Ave and Madison Ave luxury flagship stores will allow students to see where the brands are now. Students will learn how brands merchandise to increase sales and see the latest collections at their Flagship stores.
We will tour stores such as Dior and the Marc Jacobs Flagship, visiting some our fav Instagrammable stores.
Garment District Tour
Featured in Project Runway, Mood Fabrics is the number-one shopping destination for fashion fabric in the world. The NYC flagship store alone hosts more than 1,200 customers a day.
Students will explore the floor and discover the latest trends in fabrics and textiles and get swatches of fabrics for their mood board.
We will tour New York City’s leading garment manufacturer and supplier. Apparel Production has been a staple of New York City’s Garment Center for over 70 years working with iconic brands such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Kenneth Cole.
They offer services for small brands and emerging designers, as well as full private label production from start to finish.
Students will explore one the world's largest department stores at Macy's Flagship at Hearld Square. With over a million square feet of space, the store has 10 floors of designer brands, restaurants, and services.
We’ll tour the accessories and apparel departments and refresh and refuel in the on site restaurant of your choice.
Learn from experts in the fashion industry about how to prepare your collection for New York Fashion Week! You'll meet one-on-one with fashion industry professionals who can mentor you on career goals and share insight into working in the world of fashion.
Melissa Shea is CEO of Fashion Mingle, a global network for fashion industry professionals. Melissa has produced events from Times Square to the Sydney Opera House, and has over a decade of fashion show production experience at New York Fashion Week.
Susanna is an entrepreneurial creative director, business executive and educator. She has worked for a number of high profile brands such as Christian Dior Paris and Liz Claiborne, as well as her own namesake collection selling to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and over 250 specialty stores.
Nooshin Ahmadi is a Cornell Lecturer who is an expert in research-driven design and helps students become lifelong learners who are capable of harnessing the power of design to make our world a better place through sustainable design and digital communications.
The Riviere Agency
Lori is the owner of a boutique PR and event production agency with offices in New York City and Miami. The Riviere Agency produces fashion shows for New York Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.
Creative Director & Hair Stylist
Jason approaches projects with a philosophy of imparting an emotional feeling into each creation. His work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, L’Officiel, and more. His celebrity clients include Donna Karan, Josh Groban, Patricia Field, and Ashanti.
Fashion & Lifestyle Photographer
Oliver specializes in advertising campaigns, editorial stories, and runway. His clients include Vogue, Adweek, New York Makeup Academy, and has shot events for Covergirl, SXSW, and New York Fashion Week.
NYFW industry professionals who will share their knowledge of working fashion show productions, modeling, styling, and photography. Students will meet with mentors in small group settings where they can ask questions directly and get career advice.
“NYFW was a rewarding moment in my life that I did not expect to ever experience.”