Breaking into Fashion Media panel


Breaking into Fashion Media

An opportunity to hear from industry pros and find out about LIM's Fashion Media major.

Fashion Media is one of LIM College’s newer majors. It's for those interested in pursuing a career in fashion content, whether that’s writing/editing, graphic design, photography, video work, etc.

As the Managing Editor for The Lexington Line, LIM College’s student publication covering fashion, beauty, culture, news, and lifestyle, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel of fashion media experts that included students and working professionals. I was one of two student speakers, along with Samantha James, our Editor in Chief.

The Lexington Line publishes two print issues each year and produces content all year round on our website. We told the audience why we chose LIM, and Fashion Media specifically. In addition, we talked about our various jobs and opportunities with The Lexington Line. It really gave the future students who attended a chance to see what their lives could be like at LIM.

There were four industry professionals joining us on the panel, all working in some aspect of Fashion Media. The first two who spoke were actually LIM alumni, and they both attended the College even before the Fashion Media major existed!

  • Alyssa Coscarelli graduated from LIM with a bachelor's in Fashion Merchandising. Alyssa used to work as a writer at Refinery29 and now is a full-time content creator. It was really interesting to hear from her about how the influencer world is opening up, and how you can have a successful career being a part of it.
  • Karissa Mitchell earned her MPS in Fashion Marketing. She has worked at Teen Vogue, Elle, InStyle, and many more extremely reputable brands. I loved being able to hear about the pivots she took in her career. She explained that it’s okay to fail and okay to change. Definitely a great life lesson I needed a refresher on as well!

The two other professionals were Akili King and Alex Dickerson.

Akili is a Beauty Assistant at Vogue, a dream career for many Fashion Media majors. She explained a lot about her job and what her day-to-day life looks like. She also told us about Texture Diaries, which is her new series to give space to Black women in the industry to celebrate their beauty.

Alex is the Chief Marketing Officer at Daily Front Row. One of my favorite parts of hearing from her was when she talked about how happy she is that LIM's Fashion Media students get a regular opportunity to work with Daily Front Row. Every year, our students have a chance to produce a special student issue of The Daily.

This panel was amazing at highlighting the path and evolution of student to professional. I think it gave a great insight on what to expect during life at LIM and after. Also, it showed how many different media careers there really are. I hope everyone took away as much as I did, and I can’t wait to meet all our new Fashion Media students in the fall.