What is it like to be in another country and design clothes
It is wonderful you want to go to other countries and gain design experience. I had the experience of designing in Italy and loved it. It was a lot of hard work learning a new language and adjusting to new consumers' needs. After the foundation was laid I was able to apply myself and flourish.
I would start with finding countries that allow work/study visas. Or you can find companies to sponsor your stay.
Another way to work in other countries is finding companies located in The States with international offices.
I know you can apply yourself and grind to find the best design work for you. And don't forget to travel lots and experience the new surroundings.
Darlene recommends the following next steps:
- Look up design schools in Paris and compare costs.
- Seek out an internship in another country.
Hong Kong. Without realizing I started networking long time ago and during all my career, it had been so important in my career. In 2011, they offered me a position in the US. I learnt how to manage a team and learn the american lingo! It was a lot fo hard work but I became triligual and it added a lot of value in my “backpack”. Go abroad had been the best decisions I took each time, to challenge myself and be out of my comfort zone. It made me a very confident! I am now teaching Fashion Design and transmitting my passion to future designers!
Audrey recommends the following next steps:
- Start networking on linkedin, connect with me!
- Talk to your school on how you can find internship abroad
- Work on a strong portfolio and resume
- Apply to the maximum of internships!
I am designing bags, but I believe designs of any kind is a design that applies so many same rules and adjustments.
I came to Philadelphia from Turkey with my bag collection. I had no idea how it will be like.
Different market/country is dictating different needs and understanding. I want to adjust the market, but I want to stay myself. It is hard because You need to understand clients, give them what they need and surprise then
In the right way with who You are through designs. Sometimes I feel like saying, “ I know its not black color that You get used to using, this pink one can match and look fabulous with Your style too.”
In my personal experience, I feel like it is amazing to study in a different country and do design.
Hope this was helpful!
Shenelle recommends the following next steps:
- I suggest you go for it
I was there for almost 3 years and loved the experience. I had to come back to America for family reasons but it’s been 2 years and I’m looking to live, and design again in another country soon.
I myself had a 12 years background in management field and when I traveled to US, I decided to follow my always dream and work as a designer.
Then, I studied apparel design in US and found that creativity is at the high level of each designer. Also, we need to study about different culture to learn about their interests, and implement those knowledge in our design to respect individuals. In U.S. diversity speaks loudly. If you are from a different culture than America, it would be a great advantage since you can see differences easily and apply to your design. Regarding the job market in US, I found it limited to specific states like NY, CA, Chicago, ... and a few more. the other states are distributor and is hard to find a good job.