Every girl with aspirations of high fashion and even higher heels has their sights set on Condé Nast, and why shouldn’t they? It’s the stuff of “The Devil Wears Prada” dreams, a promised land where Wintour rules as supreme overlord and the streets are paved with, well, pavé. In light of the complaints filed by former interns who speak of slave labor and the long-running rumors that the job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (on the contrary, it will make you crack), it’s getting harder and harder to secure a seat on Vogue‘s Byline Express. The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design may sound like a fever dream I had when I was 16, but come January, such a school will be brick-and-mortar reality in central London. It vows to “establish itself as an important starting point for those who want to be tomorrow’s stars of the fashion industry,” which sounds pretty ambitious to me.
Three years ago I would be salivating all over my parents with a (relatively) convincing pitch of why I must must must attend, but not only is the school highly competitive, it also costs a pretty penny. The year-long Vogue Fashion Foundation Diploma course will run you somewhere around $30,000, which, to put it in perspective, is roughly the same cost as a year at most elite (read: wealthily drug-addled) prep schools here in New York City. Pocket change! But it raises so many questions: what does that degree get you? Do the credits count elsewhere? Does the diploma even count at all for anything? Most importantly, how much does it increase your chances of landing a corner office at Vogue? Also, do they have a maximum weight for enrollment? Because I can practically taste that fashion journalism degree. [Refinery29, Condé Nast College]