MINNEAPOLIS -- Bailey Ness has been back on campus at the University of Minnesota for about six weeks, training and racing with her cross country teammates, but memories of her summer living in Manhattan and interning in the fashion industry still linger like a dream come true.
Ness, a retail merchandising major, got a glimpse into New York City high end fashion as an intern for Modern Luxury this summer, and it was everything she hoped for and more.
Working for Modern Luxury, a magazine and website publishing company specializing in capturing the urbane metropolitan lifestyle, Ness spent her time processing clothing samples and assisting with photo shoots but no two days were the same.
"There wasn't much of a typical day, honestly," Ness explained. "I dealt with all the clothes that were coming in, all the samples that companies would send us. I would reach out to Gucci, for example, and request certain looks for photoshoots. They would usually respond that they had them and they'd send it to us.
"I would have to take a check-in photo and mark that we got the look so that we would have it on file in case anything got lost. We would send it to the photoshoot, and I would go to the photoshoot and assist the stylists on set. Afterward, I'd go back to the offices and tell Gucci that we have their look and send the clothing back."
Even office tasks at Modern Luxury thrilled Ness, but she especially loved working behind the scenes on set at photo shoots.
"I loved being on the photoshoots," Ness said. "It was just so amazing, watching behind the scenes and seeing what actually happens. You look at a magazine and see a picture, but you don't realize exactly how much goes into it to get it to that final product."
It's evident fashion is Ness's true calling as her eyes light up when asked about her experience in Manhattan. The Woodbury, Minn., native explained that she has always identified fashion as one of her true passions.
"It's always been something I have been interested in," Ness said. "I used to put on fashion shows for my parents when I was younger. I think I just have always known that it's something that I'm passionate about."
After getting into her retail merchansiding major classes last year, Ness pursued internship opportunities this past summer and found her way to Modern Luxury. Even though the print industry is moving more online, Ness hopes the valuable experience she gained during her internship could lead to a full-time job after gradution.
"I'd like to go back to New York and hopefully work for Modern Luxury or somewhere in fashion publishing," Ness said. "I think long term I would hopefully be the stylist at the photoshoots.
"My dream would be to work for Vogue, but even they're moving toward more online content and doing things like that. But, being a stylist, either way, you're on photoshoots and that's what I'm most passionate about."
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