I knew a few students who were excellent at sewing and rendering illustrations. They were at the top of the class and all the professors loved them. One day, I ran into one of my old classmates at an old internship and she was nervous about making a good impression. She already had a good portfolio and graduated with top honors. The first few weeks, she had been running around the city doing countless errands for the design team. She was tired and felt like people were taking advantage of her. She didn't know how to defend her dignity and didn't enjoy her time there. The truth of the matter was, she wasn't talking to any one, she kept to herself and thought nothing about networking or building her status. I told her to push herself and she easily gave up on herself. I hope that she sees her talents and sees what she can offer for others.
People in fashion don't personally care for your talent, yes its important to have a vision of what you want to create, but it's all bout persona and attitude. I'm not saying that having skills of sewing, or designing are useless, but there are more skills to obtain and learn. Having people skills and carrying yourself in a professional manner around others matters the most If you see failure at a first try, you don't see the point of trying. I believe both school and internships shape you as an individual to understand how to interact with others, sell yourself and show everyone your creative personality. There are people who aren't as blessed as those socialites and it might not seem fair, but if you feel like you deserve it more, you are entitled to go as far as you want to.