Tips & Advice for Breaking
into a Career as a Fashion Designer
many women, becoming a fashion designer is a lifelong dream.We
all love to wear beautiful clothes and make ourselves feel
good from the inside out.
imagine what it feels like to actually make money doing something
this great: dressing people up and making them feel good,
models catwalking the runway gracefully to showcase our designs,
stylists working frantically at the backstage and we are introduced
as the designer at the closing.
Ah, pretty tempting,
indeed, but somehow it feels so surreal. Can I actually become
a fashion designer?
the misconception that only those who graduate from New York
prestigious fashion schools can make it big in this highly
lucrative and competitive field, many fashion designers literally
work their way up working from home.
and Warren Hipwell, for instance, started and still operate
design studio from their residence in Massachusetts. Despite
their humble start, now their products are sold in 110 retailers
nationwide. Pure luck? Think again.
can become a fashion designer even if you have never worn
designer clothes, don't have a fashion degree,
can't draw or sew, and live far away from New York or
Los Angeles. These are no more than myths. Let me briefly
explain them to you.
One:I have never worn designer
Reality: All clothes, including those in your closet,
are designed by fashion designers. Many people confuse designer
collection, which means high-priced seasonal line
designed by top designers, with the person who
Two:I don't have a fashion degree.
Reality: Unlike the medical professions, which require
extensive classroom and hands-on training, you can learn how
to design anywhere. No special education is needed. You'll
be surprised to know that many established designers don't
have any special training.
Three: I live far away from New York or Los Angeles.
Reality: While NY and LA are great places to find an
internship position with established designers, fashion is
a part of life and fashion designers can be found everywhere.
Whether you live in a city of millions or a town of 10,000,
there must be at least a few local fashion designers.
Four:I cannot draw or sew.
Reality: Nobody knows how to sew at the beginning. Strong motivation
and perseverance are more important than how well you can
draw or sew. Such skills can be learned easily (including
using some free resources and by visiting online
Five:I don't feel comfortable working in a
Reality: Well, this glamorous image is no more than
the most over-rated trait of the fashion industry. This image
is created by the media with the help of fashion publicists
and marketers to boost sales. Thus, the purpose is pure business.
The better the coverage, the better the sales will be. Fashion
designers work very hard for 18 to 24 months to deliver the
best designs of the season.
ready to plunge into this often-misunderstood field, here
are some tips:
designer is an artist and an entrepreneur in one. Why? Because
if you design in the name of art without considering the
marketability, it's very likely you won't be successful.
Many designers fail because of this.
can choose your design specializations from a long list
of classifications, such as beach and leg
wear. These are highly profitable products and relatively easy
to produce compared with haute couture pieces.
what your career goal is. You can choose whether you want
to work for others or for yourself. Whichever one your choice
is, apprenticeship is always a great option for new designers.
up with fashon trends as well as haute couture designers Travel and read a
lot to be informed and inspired. New insights will keep
your creative skills fresh and ready to roll.
Perseverance is the most important virtue of all because
without it, nothing can be completed. Perseverance is your
ticket to the peak of your career.
S. Bev is an author and the Editor-in-Chief of StyleCareer.com.
StyleCareer.com publishes eGuides that help fashion job seekers
breaking into and succeeding in their dream careers.