Esther Jung, BC ’15, may be a neuroscience and behavior major, but for the next week, you’re more likely to find her in a Marks and Spencer coat than a lab coat. Jung is preparing to photograph her fourth season of trends at New York Fashion Week, which starts Thursday. Spectator sat down with Jung to discuss her experience shooting the shows for Hoot Magazine and what she expects in the upcoming season.
Katie Best-Richmond: How do you get the opportunity to photograph Fashion Week?
Esther Jung: I am part of Hoot. Last year I was a co-blog editor, so I helped assign people to cover different shows. Usually when I go, I have a press pass, so I get to take pictures of models on and off the stage. I also really like taking street style and candid photos. I’m looking forward to doing that, because you don’t even need a ticket to photograph people on their way to and from the shows.
KBR: Who are your favorite designers?
EJ: Oh, that’s hard. I really like Jason Wu. I also like classic, clean designs like Tibi and J. Crew.
KBR: Which shows is Hoot covering this year?
EJ: This year we got a lot of new press passes, so we will be covering Christian Siriano, from “Project Runway,” and Ruffian. We got some bigger shows this year, which is nice, but we are also covering a lot of smaller ones too like Novis and Ricardo Seco.
KBR: Which shows are you most excited to see?
EJ: I can’t wait to see Ruffian. I’m also just excited we got 15 press passes this season, which is a lot. And many times, the passes come at the last minute, so we do not even have a set list yet.
KBR: Are there any trends you are expecting to see throughout the lines?
EJ: I’m not sure—they are always unpredictable. Since it’s going to be the spring season, of course there will be pastels and flowers. However, a lot of people go against that, so we will see.
KBR: Which new designers should everyone be looking out for?
EJ: One really great show I covered last season was Parkchoonmoo, a Korean designer. Her designs incorporate South Korean influences from her culture, which was interesting to see. This season, there are a lot of up and coming Asian designers.
KBR: What’s the best show you’ve been to?
EJ: Tibi. Last year for the Spring 2013 show, I got a backstage pass. I got to take photos of the models backstage and see how things come together even five minutes before the show. It’s very stressful. It’s good to see what it’s actually like—not just the smooth runway walks. I remember even the PR people were on the phone making calls to ensure the guests were there before the show started. It was a very unique experience.
KBR: Do you plan on pursuing a career in fashion?
EJ: I’m not sure. I don’t plan on it. It’s my hobby. I use it to relieve stress. I definitely will continue with photography, but we will see about the fashion aspect of that.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.