Working as a stylist's assistant means frequent celebrity encounters, constant proximity to luxe designer fashion, and plenty of international travel - but anyone who has seen The Devil Wears Prada knows that when you're at the bottom, it's not quite as glamorous as it seems.
And the nitty-gritty details of the job can be even more horrifying than Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestley giving Anne Hathaway's Andy a withering once-over and saying she regretted hiring 'the smart, fat girl'.
Vice France talked to some anonymous people in the industry to learn what it is really like to be a fashion assistant, from completing totally unreasonable tasks to feeling no sense of job security.
The first assistant is a 26-year-old named 'Alice', who works for a 'world-famous stylist' and has been doing similar jobs, sometimes for free, since she was 20. She describes her relationship with her boss as 'Stockholm syndrome'. 'This job is an addictive nightmare,' she admitted. 'I just can't say no to anything they ask, no matter how absurd the demand is.'
"What you can never forget is that you have a job everyone wants, so you are totally replaceable" One such absurd request: A former boss had her reply to her boyfriend's sexts.