THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICES

NEW YORK — The Americans have taken the British by surprise again. But in this case, it was the student interns working on Alexander McQueen’s spring collection. “We have a tradition of including students in each show, so we felt that it was important to use American students,” says McQueen’s longtime assistant Sebastian Pons. “Nonetheless, we had reservations because of the stereotypes about the commercialism of New York fashion.”
Five students were picked at the initial interview on Labor Day, and they began work two days later. Others were added as the project continued. “It happened so quickly that there was no time to think about it,” says Jill Litwin, a recent graduate of F.I.T. “On the first day, I cut a pattern from a sketch, which we went on to use. I was surprised to see how much confidence the design team had in the interns.”
Jason Lyn, a Parsons graduate, agrees that the experience was uniquely hands-on: “We worked on things from start to finish and actually played a part in the development and change of the pieces. It’s wonderful to be challenged like that,” he says.
The result, as Litwin put it, was an opportunity that gave her “a jump start into the world that is my future.”

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