As you probably already know, designing and creating a piece of
clothing can seem deceptively easy, when in reality these are
actually skills that must be earned with a great deal of practice,
and the skills necessary for a career in the fashion industry
can take a long time to acquire.
immediately buy into the myths about breaking
into the fashion industry. A full quarter of the fashion design
industry is self employed, which means that for a dedicated individual
schooling might not be necessary. A very skilled self-taught hobbyist
(who does not happen to live in New York or LA) could start their
own business or impress a designer enough to land an apprenticeship.
However, many fashion employers require a two or four year degree,
where students learn everything from the differences between fabrics,
to how to construct a prototype, or even how to use computer programs
to aid in the design process. Other natural talents, like an eye
for color, proportion, balance, and a good sense of beauty are
difficult to teach but entirely necessary for a successful career
in the fashion industry.
big business, and there are plenty of jobs within the industry
that don't revolve around creating clothes.
Designing shoes, belts, jewelry and fashion accessories are additional
opportunities that exist within the industry, and anyone with
a good business sense could easily start a clothing boutique or
other fashion related business such as interior design
or fashion merchandising.
Those looking for a job in the fashion industry should know that
projected growth as a whole is expected to be below average, and
competition for jobs in the fashion industry always remain high.
toiling as an apprentice for low wages are legendary throughout
the industry, but for those who eventually do achieve success,
salaries in the US range from $60,000 to $100,000 per year.