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Every year members of Fashion Board at USC attend Teen Vogue Fashion University for a weekend, which normally coincides with the University’s Fall Break. Here is the 2012 experience of member Morgan Epperson.

Teen Vogue Fashion University is an annual event hosted by Teen Vogue for college students.

by: Morgan Epperson

This year at Teen Vogue Fashion University was bigger and better than when I attended last year. I never thought I would once again get the opportunity to sit in a room amongst 500 other crazy fashion enthusiasts listening to Grace Coddington speak for our opening ceremonies. For those of you who do not know her, she is the Creative Director of Vogue. Within minutes of being on stage she charmed the entire audience with her quick wit and elegance.

Grace Coddington, Creative Director of Vogue, speaks at the TVFU Opening Ceremonies

To Grace, the most important part of creating a story is the magic that comes along with it. She spoke of the wanderlust that came with high fashion and haute couture. Grace was able to take the entire audience back in time by telling several stories of her extravagant trips to chateaus all over France and working with some of the most influential people in the fashion industry. One thing is for certain: Grace Coddington is all about the magic and the fairytales.
Hearing Grace Coddington speak could not have been a more inspiring way to start off my weekend. The shock of being in her presence rode with me as I quickly walked across the street into the Condé Nast building. The whole weekend was planned for the students to have an inside look into Teen Vogue as well as the fashion industry in general, filled with sessions featuring bloggers, designers, editors and others in the industry.

A page from “Alice in Wonderland” editorial creatively directed by Grace Coddington and shot by Annie Leibovitz

While on the trip I was lucky enough to get a walking tour of the Teen Vogue offices! It has only been my dream since day one of reading the magazine to enter those doors. We were given only one rule: do not touch anything. Though it may seem tragic, I was too overwhelmed with excitement to care! We were allowed to photograph everything and anything so I made to do that.

Morgan Epperson(writer) gets ready for a tour of the Teen Vogue offices at TVFU

We were taken to every department in the magazine and shown everything from the fashion closet to the design team’s office where ‘the book’ was held. In every room you could find an issue of Teen Vogue. As we weaved through the narrow hallways lined with racks and photos of the models we reached the Holy Grail: Amy Astley’s office. Two French doors lead to her beautiful all-white office. It was a corner office with a perfect view of Times Square. Her office was almost identical to Meryl Streep’s office in The Devil Wears Prada, completely white with large windows and tons of sunlight. Books lined one side of her office while the other side had chairs surrounding a quaint coffee table. Her desk was in the center of the office with a simple white desk and simple silver chair.

Stay tuned for part 2!