Thank you to all our amazing volunteers from New Zealand Fashion Week 2014. The event wouldn’t work without all of you!
You can now apply to volunteer for New Zealand Fashion Week 2015.
At New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) we depend on our Volunteers to ensure the week runs smoothly. Volunteers get an inside experience of event management and the fashion industry. We expect a high standard from our Volunteers, who generally work in shifts of 8am – 2pm or 1pm – 7pm, with evening shows running later. NZFW is a fast pace event with long hours on your feet, this opportunity is not for the faint hearted.
You will receive more information upon registration. Do not be concerned if you don’t hear back straight away as it can take up to two weeks to process application. We will get back to everyone.
Please be aware that these positions are unpaid and NZFW does not provide flights, accommodation or cover any of the Volunteer expenses.
We require Volunteers for 3 main areas. Please see the brief outline of these roles below:
Become a part of the backstage team that dresses and styles the models. This role involves following the designers instructions and executing up to two or three changes per model in a short time frame. This is a fun and fast paced role and a must if you love NZ fashion.
This role involves directing the foot traffic at NZFW and is crucial to the flow of the event. You will be required to usher people to their seats in a timely and polite manner, as well as be confident enough to smooth out any issues if they arise. You will need a positive nature and a love for fashion. This is a great way to see the shows in whichever venue you are ushering.
People from all over the world attend New Zealand Fashion Week, and the registration desk is their first point of contact. It is constantly buzzing with media, buyers and VIPs. Here, you will be dealing with tickets, information packs and any other general queries that may arise. These volunteers need to be computer literate, well presented, well organised and able to cope under pressure.
Sometimes we meet outstanding people who we assign other amazing jobs to during the event – this could be you! Consider it as an interview for the potential job of a lifetime.
This is an amazing opportunity – you never know who you might meet!
Here are some of our past volunteers:
Nicholas Parnell Nicholas was a VIP Minder responsible for looking after a VIP called Derek Warberton. Derek was a little high maintenance, but was known as fashion guru and advisor in the USA. He also runs a massive charity to help woman get back into the work place an get some good gear on, not dissimilar to Dress for Success in New Zealand. When Derek left NZFW he contacted Nicholas and within a couple of months he was Derek’s PA and flying all over the country. He soon worked for a well-known actress as a PA and now he is a presenting for TV. His life has totally changed since volunteering at NZFW. This job can be a life changer!
Damon was a VIP Minder for the crew that was managing Pamela Anderson and Richie Rich. It was a big ask with big egos and some very late nights taking care of them. He particularly worked with Brian Long who is the NZFW publicist from Miami. Damon came to work for NZFW after the event as an intern and he quickly became indispensable and a strong worker. He was poached by our USA publicist, Brian Long, for three months and did another NZFW as a full time employee before he went to RAW Productions to work in marketing and events. His learning from NZFW gave him all the experience he needed to make his way but most importantly it let him work across different roles so he could ascertain his interests.
Isaac was the first to put a real stamp on the job. He was a VIP Minder and a Driver then suddenly turned up as a blogger (at a time when bloggers didn’t really exist). He used his knowledge of the event to become a real insider and annoyingly his angle was to get into shows without a ticket which has gone onto being his trade mark. Isaac has lived in NYC for the past three years and has gone to be a big success. His partner and photographer at the time was working in New Zealand, and is the creator of the very successful blog called “Catherine Loves”. Catherine also cut her teeth at NZFW.
NZFW looks forwards to seeing you soon!!