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Edited by on May 13 2011 at 3:34 PM

Every budding fashionista and almost fashion graduate usually has the same question on their mind this time of year: “How do I make it in the industry?”.  We know there is no better way than to hear it from the experts themselves, so we were psyched to hear that the Vitaminwater style council had come to the rescue.  Read how after the jump.

Vitaminwater, Joe Zee, Eric Daman, and Richard Chai Want You to Win!

Style council members teamed up  to talk to fashion students about how to make it in the industry, educate themselves about the creative process, and encourage them to join the “vitaminwater color collection” competition, a t-shirt design competition that leads to a $5,000 grant and a tshirt produced and sold through vitaminwater.  The FIT panel included Gossip Girl stylist Eric Daman, Elle’s creative director Joe Zee and CFDA designer Richard Chai.

Vitaminwater, Joe Zee, Eric Daman, and Richard Chai Want You to Win!

Attendees got to hear about how youthful passion led all three industry experts to their respective careers today.  Regardless of whether you end up in magazines, as a designer, or styling television and movie sets like the panelists one theme rang strong:  be open minded to new opportunities, be creative, and always ask questions.

Vitaminwater, Joe Zee, Eric Daman, and Richard Chai Want You to Win!

Fashion students sipped on Vitaminwater while listening to the wise words of the fashion elite.  And a special treat at the end?  Several lucky audience members walked away with iPad2′s, copies of Joe Zee and Eric Daman’s books, and a certain special someone got a cashmere cardigan designed by Richard Chai (lucky me!).

Vitaminwater, Joe Zee, Eric Daman, and Richard Chai Want You to Win!

To find out more about the nationwide style council tour and to join the competition and get your lucky break, click here!

Story by Samantha Lim

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