Senior Hanna Sarosy, majoring in Fashion Design and minoring in Merchandising through the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, + Design, got to utilize her skills and passions from Indiana University on an international scale. This past spring semester, Hanna had the opportunity to be a Haute Couture Operations Intern for Ralph & Russo in London, England.
Ralph & Russo is a high fashion house that focuses on luxury goods. Hanna had the opportunity to work with Ralph & Russo’s clients as well as their traveling seamstresses. Along with client relationships, she was able to also get hands-on experience and assist in completing some gowns for clients. After graduation, Hanna hopes to return to Ralph & Russo in London and continue to develop her career in Fashion Design and Merchandising.
How did this experience impact you professionally and personally?
Professionally, this internship was a dream come true. To be able to work in a haute couture atelier has been my dream job and so, to obtain such an outstanding internship in a renowned fashion house really leaves me with great professional experience and connections. Personally, this was a dream come true and I feel so much more educated on the fashion industry and international business in that regard.
What were some of the most rewarding parts of this experience?
Being trusted to help work on gowns was so rewarding and an absolute blast to do. It also felt really good to be trusted to work on the inventory and that being truly my own project. Also, learning so much about the industry internationally was great.
What did you learn about the industry?
I learned a lot about how haute couture fashion works, such as relationships with clients and celebrities, the process of shows, design, and creation. I also learned how these fashion houses work internationally; from fabric to dyes to sourcing. I don’t feel like I would have learned half the things I did without actually being in the atelier and working where I did.
What would you tell others before they start an internship?
I would tell others that before they start an internship to not be afraid of new tasks, go in with an open mind, and ask lots of questions – take in all the information you can!