Career Code: What It's Like Behind the Scenes at NYFW's Biggest Shows

Aemilia Madden

In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($17), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Rebecca Minkoff, Sally SingerRachel Zoe, and more. Up next? Claire Pritchett Hanlon. 

Behind every great fashion show are hours and hours of preparation that go into the few short minutes of perfection; Claire Pritchett Hanlon knows this well, her artistic DNA exists in the details of major NYFW shows. As design director for the creative agency Prodject, Claire dreams up the sets you'll later see all over your Instagram feed. 

Hanlon began her career as an architect in Los Angeles, but a move to New York sent her down a new path in fashion. From designing buzzworthy runways to pop-up shops and exhibitions, Claire's job is the career you never knew you wanted—until now.

Keep reading for a chance to get to know Hanlon and hear all her best career advice. 

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