Wow, you are going WAY back on my archives to see I attended Teen Vogue’s Fashion U!
Cost was minimal ($200) for the knowledge and networking available from attending this once a year seminar. As for recommendations, just be yourself, if you love fashion and are a designer or have great personal style. Express what makes you unique, and why you feel that you’re going to make it in the fashion industry. Teen Vogue’s Fashion U is all about supporting young talented individuals!
Best of luck! :)