We are beyond thrilled to have Aveda Institute Des Moines as a sponsor for our Spring/Summer '17 Collections Showcase. You can see the looks their students put together at our Friday evening runway show on 10.14.15. We Interviewed Institute Director April King and found out why she is looking forward to KCFW, and what advice she has for those looking to get into the industry.
How did you hear about KCFW?
We were originally introduced to KCFW by Vilma Subel from Xiphium Aveda Salon in Leawood, KS
What are you looking forward to most about KCFW?
Our students are very excited to work alongside professional stylists to bring the designers vision to life! It is so inspiring to be next to artists, creating beauty.
What will your teams be doing during KCFW?
Our team of 16 students and 3 educators will be partnering to assist salons on Friday, at the AVEDA sponsored evening shows. We are prepared to do skincare, makeup, hair, tape shoes, hold bobby pins, spray hair....whatever is needed!
We heard you had teams participate in NYFW. What was that like?
We have had stylists and even students participate in NYFW in some capacity for the last several years, but this year we had our own sponsored show. Concept Korea paired us with various designers. The looks varied from edgy to soft. It was a lot of fun and (surprisingly) calm backstage. Our educator, Madelyn, also assisted in 5 other shows including Nike kids! Her models included many of the New Jersey Real Housewives children. Another fun celebrity to work next to was Kelly Osbourne who was very calm and nice.
Any advice for those looking to get into the hair and make-up side of the fashion industry?
Art comes in all different packages. If hair or makeup are your passion, pursue licensure. Our craft is now recognized as Professional Stylists and Artists. Go to school to perfect the basics and learn theory, get your license, set your goals high and build your craft by practical application. We have a "license to touch", which very few people do. If you care about people and love making their days better, becoming a stylist is a wonderful career to pursue!