MBA News: Harvard Business School Goes High Fashion

The New York Post’s Page Six recently published an article on Harvard Business School’s high fashion set. A student from the Class of 2010 seems to sum up the main point of the article, saying, “Harvard Business School is becoming the place for fashion.” This spring, the Luxury Goods & Design Business Club successfully invited Project Runway winner Christian Siriano to speak on campus, along with Patrizio di Marco, CEO of Gucci. In addition, the HBS Retail and Apparel Club was able to bring the famously chronicled editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, to campus to speak.

The Post goes on to chronicle HBS graduates who have succeeded in the world of high fashion, including Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and Alexis Maybank, who founded the Gilt Groupe, an online sample-sale Web site now valued at close to $500 million; Katia Ververis and Hayley Barna, who founded Birchbox, which delivers monthly beauty samples to members; and Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, who co-founded Rent the Runway, which rents designer clothing to its members. Although the Post article may be a little over the top in its description of HBS’s stiletto-clad fashionistas, business school applicants interested in pursuing a career in fashion might do well to consider Harvard Business School.

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