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What are the pros and cons of being a fashion designer?

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Rustin’s Answer

Hey Sanya!

Hope all is well. Great question about fashion designing, and it is not a black and white answer. But to give you context on my opinion on this... I owned a founded clothing brand in 2004 named DVLP (which was in business for 7 years), founded a fashion design trade school (www.denverdesignincubator.com), and co-owned the global brand Ruckus (www.ruckusapparel.com) for three years.

Here are my thoughts!

  • Pros: It usually starts with a deep creative passion, so pursuing that passion and dream can be one of the most fulfilling things in the world. It can be very rewarding. The process of turning an idea into a physical product that people can wear and look good in is awesome. You often get to be part of the entire process from concept to execution. Using your artistic talents for something that can be a great career. Empowering other people who wear your clothing to be the best version of themselves. You can often set your own hours.
  • Cons: It is very hard to be successful as a fashion designer. The work itself can be very labor intensive. It often does not pay well. Some times your ideas are not well received. If you work for yourself it can be very inconsistent and you have to do everything yourself. If you work for someone else, then often times your creations get changed into something you do not like anymore.

At the end of the day, my advise is this -- If you have the passion, ideas, and talent to make something that people will want to wear and love, then go for it! But if you are considering it as a career just because it sounds cool, maybe consider other options.

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Subbaiah’s Answer

A career in fashion or as it is normally referred to as Fashion Designing is an art of inventing or innovating or adding beauty to the clothing and by using certain accessories. But it is known that every career has its advantages and disadvantages which can benefit the individual or have a major set back while he is actively participating in his job. The same is for a career in fashion designing. Perhaps the most advertised benefit of being a fashion designer is that you get to utilize your creativity in a very singular way. Fashion designers must have either a thorough or unusual view of how colors can go together, what patterns can do for clothing, and how to come up with innovative and unusual things that trends to a broad audience. If you truly love coming up with designs for clothing and accessories, it’s hard to think of a better way to spend your days than by drawing up new ideas. If you’re going into fashion designing to see your name on a label—or even having company named after you—you should be prepared to be disappointed. Very few people who go into the industry actually turn into fashion rock stars. This also means that you may not make millions as you might expect. You can, however, find very respectable positions working for companies that have been successful for a long time. Not making to the final cut, not getting enough appreciation and other reputed designers copying designs can be some disadvantages too.