By Noon Lobad – 1851 staff
Rosemary Leger, 2016 Lasell graduate and current Editorial Assistant at Condé Nast’s Brides Magazine, returned to Lasell Nov. 27 to speak about her experience breaking into the fashion industry as part of the Fashion Connection Club’s ongoing speaker series.
Having never been a city girl nor a fan of weddings, working for one of the country’s top bridal magazines in New York City just months after graduating was the last place Leger foreseen herself ending up. After a brief stint working in Public Relations and a few other positions that helped her find her footing in the industry, Leger landed a position as a Fashion Assistant at Brides Magazine in the fall of 2016.
As a Fashion Assistant, Leger’s duties included overseeing the magazine’s fashion closet, covering the menswear market and helping to style various types of editorial shoots. Fast-forward to one year later, Leger was promoted to her current position as an Editorial Assistant, with responsibilities ranging from coordinating meetings and events to styling formal menswear shoots for Brides.com.
When New York Bridal Fashion Week rolls around once a year, Leger attends shows and creates and posts social content about them.“[Bridal Fashion Week] is truly the most glamorous part…there’s parties and you’re at shows all day, and because I’m with Brides [Magazine], we get front row at every show, so you get to feel exclusive…it’s really cool,” said Leger.
The magazine is overseen by Artistic Director of Condé Nast Anna Wintour, who Leger occasionally runs into at work. “It’s very insane,” Leger said about working under the fashion industry titan. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself.”
In her time as an Editorial Assistant, Leger has aided in collaborations with brands such as Kleinfeld, Rachel Zoe and even designed a dress for a capsule collection with made-to-order sustainable clothing brand, Fame & Partners. She has also met “Queer Eye” cast members Antoni and Tan as well as having done photoshoots with public figures such as American speechwriter David Litt and SNL comedy writer Will Stephen.
Despite negative stereotypes portraying the fashion industry as being full of ruthless competition, Leger confirms there isn’t much truth behind that.
“Everyone’s a lot nicer than people think…I think it also has a lot to do with social media, everything’s so transparent now that if you’re not nice, people won’t want to work for you.” Leger said.
By successfully breaking into the world of fashion, Leger has achieved a feat highly sought after by creative professionals in all fields, and to them she says, “Work hard, don’t be patient and make yourself necessary.”