BEHIND THE CURTAIN – PEET DULLAERT
A Paris Fashion Week internship experience with Peet Dullaert – Haute Couture Show, Spring 2023
Anisa Williams, Fashion Design 2025
“Recently, I had the opportunity to intern as a backstage dresser for the PEET DULLAERT Couture Printemps-Été 2023 collection during Paris Fashion Week, Haute Couture. It was an amazing experience where I got to help out with a small part that accumulated to the grandeur of the final show.
When I first arrived in the morning there was the brand’s team setting up and I was greeted by the supervising head, who took the time to ensure that we were respected and prepared as it had been some people’s first interning position. While I haven’t been entirely familiar with the brand before working for them, everything I had experienced while interning established them as one of my new favorites.
It was one of the few times that I had seen a brand so committed to the treatment of everyone on staff; they provided breakfast, a lunch break, and always checked in on the comfortability of everyone on staff regardless of position. Backstage was a strict no phone zone before the show to protect the privacy of the models and the collection, and everyone was incredibly respectful of one another. I got to talk to the models, to different people in the staff – both interns and full time employees – and the passion they had for the brand showed in the countdown to the runway. Despite having little experience backstage, they enabled me to help out with tasks that allowed me to put my sewing courses to use in real world application. Interning at this brand that affirmed my love for fashion. Being able to see the collection up close, I could truly commend its craftsmanship and detail!
I really admired this brand for their sustainability mission and commitment to diverse and equitable spaces. They support a variety of care initiatives and had an array of recyclable and waste reductive practices that are very admirable, especially in luxury fashion. I was given three models to dress during the show, and while it was a high stress time for everyone on the team (interns included) everyone worked together to reach the deadline and create the magic of the show that got to be seen on the runway.
To any student who has the opportunity to intern for PEET DULLAERT, I can’t help but recommend them. It will be an incredibly memorable experience, and I would intern for them again in the future.”
You can see Peet Dullaert’s latest collection via their website and instagram.
PEET DULLAERT is devoted to support initiatives that plant towards a greener future, under our Care for Earth pledge. This approach is part of the company’s mission to further our responsible in-house production cycle, with sustainable made-to-order collections at its foundation. “While we celebrate unique vision and identity of people, connect generations, and reflect on the world with responsibly made collections, we share tribute stories inspired by our resonating Earth and the mystical environments surrounding us. In essence, we communicate a responsible alternative for luxury fashion and highlight our inseparable connection with Earth and our responsibility to care ; As people, as a community.“