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What is it like to be in another country and design clothes

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Im a junior and want to go to other countrys and do designing in many places. #asia #cultrelfashion

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Umar’s Answer

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You are exposed to culture and media of the other countries; also, you can derive influence from seeing what is around you there. This will be beneficial infinitely. It will create so much cultural communication and dialogue and let you really take in the country and design.
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Veronica’s Answer

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Hi Elaine,

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.

Awesome answer! New here and getting my bearing! I’m a fashion designer! Also and love communicated how much work effort to expect! I feel many don’t realize the work and dedication to thrive in our industry! Great post Elizabeth Rose
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Darlene’s Answer

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Actually it is considered less expensive to attend design school in Europe than in America, therefor that would give great in site as to the practices of design in other countries. Also if you intend to design in the Asian countries you had better learn the metric system as that is all they use in pattern making. Most Asian culture cannot get enough of Western culture/fashion but they also tend to b3 very modest.

Darlene recommends the following next steps:

  • Look up design schools in Paris and compare costs.
  • Seek out an internship in another country.
Hey been a while and I was looking in London also was same school I. Attended here could have been to explain but in was almost double to study abroad as I wanted to so bad! Especially in fashion. So I wish I’d known this lol! Elizabeth Rose
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Audrey’s Answer

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Hi, I studied in Paris, designed for a big corporate, brand in Barcelona Spain for 6 years, traveling to Hong Kong visiting factories, I learnt everything and became an expert in Sweater design. This was in 2008, and I still have contact and sometimes freelance for my vendors from
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!
Yes thanks Aysun S.
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Jennifer’s Answer

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Honestly, it is not fun going to other countries. You have to speak slower as English is not their first language. But the pros are China has developed a ton of amazing fabric and it is definitely a learning experience. I use my knowledge I have learned from going over seas multiple times everyday in my job.
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Shenelle’s Answer

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I awesome I love it, I can express myself and it a great opportunity and learning different cultures to inspire my designs
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Jurgita’s Answer

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Hello,

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.”
Yes very helpfull Aysun S.
Aloha welcome to America! Love the perspectives! I would also love to see if we can connect maybe help you with my BFA in fashion design as well as blogger and business coach. Love to help other fashion designers! Also I admire your move, I did come from a 1 Sq mile town in Michigan where my parents grew up till 5 years ago now I live in maui, Hawaii! Kinda big change also! Welcome! Elizabeth Rose
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Surina’s Answer

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I recently joined a fashion school and even though I am not a professional, I can say that it is wonderful! You are exposed to so many different cultures and styles. You get to express yourself in a more open way with honest critiques which make you better each day. You bring out your own culture and create fusions and get to collaborate with so many new people with different backgrounds!
In my personal experience, I feel like it is amazing to study in a different country and do design.
Hope this was helpful!
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Alberto’s Answer

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Understanding other cultures and lifestyles it is very useful while designing a collection! Every culture borrows ideas and concepts from others to be adopted and adapted to its own.
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Shenelle’s Answer

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It is wonderful it good to travel and let experience motivate you to come up with designs and colors and styles to put together to create your designs. I like being a designer in the United States meeting new people who appreciate your work.

Shenelle recommends the following next steps:

  • I suggest you go for it
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Umar’s Answer

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You are exposed to culture and media of the other countries; also, you can derive influence from seeing what is around you there. This will be beneficial infinitely. It will create so much cultural communication and dialogue and let you really take in the country and design.
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Umar’s Answer

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You are exposed to culture and media of the other countries; also, you can derive influence from seeing what is around you there. This will be beneficial infinitely. It will create so much cultural communication and dialogue and let you really take in the country and design.
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Christine’s Answer

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It inspiring and motivational
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Jenny’s Answer

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I started working for a large apparel company that had an office in Portland and their global headquarters in Germany. After a few years in Portland I decided to make the move and apply for a job in their global headquarters in Germany!

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.

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Ia’s Answer

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I am a fashion designer here in the Philippines and I can say it is very fulfilling. You don't necessarily need to have a fashion degree for them to take you seriously as long as you put out great work. Fashion designers here earn money easier if they do evening wear and bridal wear cos most people here spend most on those types of designs. And it’s easy and relatively cheaper compared to other countries to set up a business here. If you are planning to be a Ready to wear designer, Philippines might not be the best fit unless you are backed with considerable funding for your rtw brand to grow. Working under a company as a fashion designer doesn't pay as much compared to having an independent brand of your own.
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Mona’s Answer

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It is a wonderful goal!
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.
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