The recipe for success is one-part genius, two parts hard work and, in the case of the fashion industry; one hundred parts work experience.


The long and winding path to becoming a fashion designer is punctuated by many obstacles, the most controversial of which is poorly paid internships. However, the tradition has a long-standing history in Haute Couture, and though he was arguably reimbursed with slightly more than your measly travel card, even Paul Poiret served his time making coffee. In fact, his brief stint assisting Gaston Worth at the turn of the 20th Century seems pathetic in comparison to the ‘eternal apprentice’ Hubert de Givenchy’s exhaustive CV.


So, if you’re going to complain about your minimum wage internship in Paris, at least get your facts straight first with SKIP Dinner’s French fashion family tree.