Is Vancouver Fashion Week a complete scam?

We received the following from Canadian interns who want to expose Vancouver Fashion Week for the mass-intern-exploitation-event that it is- or seems to be. The more comments we could get about this the better, we want to know if any of you guys have heard about this or know someone who can back up their story. If all of what they say is true (it sounds depressingly likely) we also want to know what the good people of Vancouver are going to do about it!

Have a look at Vancouver Fashion Weak’s website. It has statements from many of us, and more will come. There are detailed explanations of peoples’ experience in their internship. The post was not intended to defame, this is clear abuse of the internship program and a backlash from the students.

We don’t know much about the legality of our situation but we know what is happening is wrong. Basically, we all became interns with Vancouver Fashion Week without realizing that the organization is structured in two parts, with one producer who incorporated the name Vancouver Fashion Week, and over 100+ interns.

There is no management or structure within the company, no accountants or budget, and we are given tasks beyond our capabilities and manage each other based on who interviewed first. Because of this, there is a turn around of interns daily and weekly, with many of us given the responsibility to ‘interview and hire’ another barrage of interns. Also, we are expected to recruit and take money from designers & sponsors without any information on even a location for fashion week this fall and we are all very worried.

We are in a position where we cannot even discuss these issues within the organization, because there isn’t one with employees who could help us except for the producer. A past ‘intern’ wrote her Masters thesis on VFW a couple years back, which will paint a clearer picture for you.

6 Responses to “Is Vancouver Fashion Week a complete scam?”


  1. 1 Mark 09/27/2011 at 7:20 pm

    Big support for all exploited VFW interns from the UK. Hope someone listens.

  2. 2 Elke Porter 10/30/2012 at 9:56 pm

    Did you mean Vancouver Fashions’s Weak Website or Vancouver Fashions’s Week Website? LOL…

  3. 3 Anonymous 01/19/2013 at 10:21 pm

    It is a scam! I went for an interview and they pretty much told me that no one was paid except for them

  4. 4 Anonymous 01/19/2013 at 10:24 pm

    It is a scam! I went for an interview to intern and they told me I needed work experience prior. If I had some I would be looking for a job not an internship.

  5. 5 J.A. 01/23/2013 at 7:30 pm

    At last someone speaks up.

    VFW is a shame.

    The best thing I learn from the producer, J. is how not to prepare an event, how to look like you work and do nothing instead, how to fool people into investing money, and keep doing it year after year. Everything that is wrong with the fashion and marketing industry is J. behind VFW.

    J. is swindler, I know for a fact how much of the funding and sponsor money he invests in the event and how much stays in his pocket. How do I know? I know how much each of the guests paid and how cheap to rent are the places where VFW takes place. The you add zero money on staff and models, zero money on commodities for the guests, zero money marketing and communication, etc. Where’s the money?

    This man is killing the little fashion scene there’s in Vancouver and local people in the industry should step in.

    Thanks for reading.

  6. 6 help 01/26/2013 at 2:16 am

    i am suppose to go to a interview on monday should i just leave now , after reading this ?


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