Fashion Internships With Oscar De La Renta And Tom Ford
Wes Gordon | Fashion Designer

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Wes Gordon is a New York-based fashion designer known for infusing his pieces with luxury and timeless sophistication with a youthful edge. His designes have been worn by the liked of Lena Dunham, Michelle Obama and Miranda Kerr.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Gordon grew up surrounded by the grace and romance of the South. Enamored with high fashion from an early age, Gordon developed a keen interest in the way people express themselves through clothing. Gordon enrolled in the famously competitive Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design in London. Between school semesters, Gordon honed his skills by interning with two industry icons – Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford.

Upon graduation in 2009, Gordon launched his eponymous line of womenswear and presented his first collection in February at the Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week.

Wes Gordon has appeared in major national/international publications and has developed a celebrity following. Press and retailers alike praise Gordon for his combination of classic techniques and modern designs.

Additional accolades include the 2012 FGI Rising Star Award, 2012 finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and 2-time recipient of the coveted Swarovski Collective sponsorship (Spring 2013 and Spring 2014).

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There’s nothing more important, probably in any industry but certainly in fashion than great internships and approaching the internships just with your eyes wide-open, because you learn so much just through osmosis and through the spirit of a place. After my first year at St. Martins, I new I had to do an amazing internship, and I was so excited, and it was my first time really seeing a fashion house. And I knew that  I wanted to go somewhere in New York, and of all the people in New York the person I wanted to spend my summer with was Oscar De La Renta. He’s like the St. Laurent of New York right. It’s all the things you love about fashion incapsulated in a studio.

Watching Mr. De la Renta and being at Oscar De La Renta’s studio, the lesson that you learn is remembering that these are pieces of clothing that someone has to buy and want because it’s not just about a sculpture or fabric that’s going to live for 5 seconds in a photo shoot or a runway. It’s about a piece that someone’s going to incorporate into their life look beautiful in and wear for the next 10 years.

And then while I was in London, Tom Ford had just opened his own collection. And I would go after school, I would go on weekends, I would go during the summer and help out. I would help out with research, I would do you know, sketches, I would do a lot of different things there, and it was amazing, and the lesson there is just about being an absolute perfectionist – that everything you do is a reflection of your brand and you ultimately.

You know, I’m so grateful to have spent time with, in those two amazing places because I think they combined to give me a really good education beyond just my St. Martins time.

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