I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with one of Vancouver’s most well known fashion shows, Eco Fashion Week. I had heard about this annual event for a couple of years but I just never wanted to step out of my comfort zone and invest time and commitment to something so major. Now in hindsight, I wish I had taken the chance earlier.
During my experience, I had a chance to work with many different people who helped co-ordinate and run the show. I helped out with several different tasks such as the overall set up of the show, making gift bags, sponsorship co-ordination and assisting with the social media team.
Since this was my first show I volunteered at I was really curious and wanted to learn as much as I could. I also loved being able to watch all of the shows and seeing many new local designers showcase their creations. One of the designers that stood out for me was “War Paint.” I could see myself wearing everything in his collection. I really loved that his collection captured a more bold and edgy look with all of the army green jackets, leather detailing, and spike and studded embellishments.
Overall, I found this entire experience extremely rewarding. I never realized the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to put together a show like Eco Fashion Week. As a young student who is still trying to figure out what avenue to pursue in fashion, volunteering allowed me to learn about many aspects about the fashion industry. Just by asking lots of questions and showing an eagerness to learn about what I’m already passionate about became very beneficial for me. I know that I will most definitely volunteer in future seasons because I feel that actively putting in the time and work is one of the best ways to get a person’s foot in the door of the fashion industry.
Sophie Coltellaro, JCI Fashion Student