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Sarah Solnet

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design



Company/Organization: Marchesa
Company/Organization website: https://www.marchesa.com/
Destination: New York City
Timeframe: Summer 2020

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I was the couture design intern so I assisted the design team. My responsibilities ranged a lot. I did tech flats, mood board research, draping, illustration rendering, cutting embroidery motifs, cutting markers, developing prints, etc.

I accomplished...
One day I got to work on creating embroidery for a strip of fabric to go on a dress. They gave me the flower motifs used and then I could resize them and arrange them on the strip of fabric. My supervisory really liked the work we did and showed our ideas to the head designer to choose from to create.

I learned...
I learned so much from my supervisors at my internship. They taught me so much about technical skills from illustrating to technical flats. They also taught me a lot about the fashion industry in general and what companies are looking for in applicants.

Advice for others...
Going in to an internship go in with the mindset that you're there to learn. You may be doing jobs you don't like or things that seem unimportant. If you go in with the learning mindset you will realize that all the tasks you do are important and there's learning in every experience.

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