The last story I shared on Style.com was about my modeling debut, and as I know that the most important thing in life is to get outside of your comfort zone as often as possible, I discovered another new role for myself: being a teacher. To be fair, I have a vast amount of experience giving lectures. Most of them were public, so I always lost count of the listeners; there were more than a hundred eager fashionistas at each of my public talks. This time, I took twenty-seven students, the majority of whom want to work in fashion—designers, stylists, and those who are not yet ready to tell their future role but have already fallen in love with the fashion world. My course is called “10 Lessons of the Fashion Industry,” and I am touching the most important bases of every major field in fashion—marketing, management, the buying process, the role of the designer, et cetera. To make a long story short, each lesson gives my new “babies” a better understanding of the industry and how it works today.
The whole project is being realized by the Kiev Fashion Institute, the educational arm of Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days, which functions all year round for those who can’t get enough of fashion. My initial intention was to share all the knowledge I gathered during my experience of traveling to fashion weeks, interviewing great minds within the industry, and organizing a platform to showcase talents in Ukraine for the international community. I wanted to inspire my audience to dare to realize great projects they have in mind. Instead, I am the one who is totally inspired by my students’ vast energy, curiosity, positivity, and desire to commit themselves to the fashion business. I couldn’t believe Ukraine has already produced such an amazing generation of future creatives. I promised myself that this course will be the only one I give, but now I feel I will miss my students during the upcoming fashion weeks so much that I will need to repeat it sometime in the future. And to be completely honest, the role of a teacher is way more exciting than I assumed when I was in school!
Photos: Courtesy of Daria Shapovalova