Every year, Teen Vogue’s Fashion University draws the biggest fashion enthusiasts from all over the globe. From Hawaii to Paris, boys and girls aged 16-24 fly in for the chance to participate in seminars with the industry’s elite.
Over two days, Alexa Chung spoke about being an “It” girl and drawing tattoos on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Erika Bearman (aka @OscarPRGirl) talked about falling in love with Oscar de la Renta—the man, the brand, and the twitter account—and Lincoln Center’s Stephanie Winston Wolkoff recounted how she built her creative empire.
This year, we scoured the crowd for some of Fashion U’s most promising students. They intern for the greats, they design their own lines, and they do it all while still in school. They are fashion’s future stars, and here’s their advice on how to break into the industry at a young age.