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If I want to get into fashion design, what would be the best first few steps?

I’m 17, and I’m just curious because I love thinking about outfits. I just would like to know some of the first steps to make my ideas into reality.
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Cheryl’s Answer

HI Jess,
Fashion IS so much fun! If you have a passion for it - Go for it!
I personally am not in this profession, but I have a very close friend who worked in the industry for years in design and costuming.
She recommends looking at programs now to get your portfolio ready to apply to schools that specialize in fashion and clothing design.
You can build your portfolio by learning how to sew, how to work from patterns & make your own clothes, learning how to sketch designs and work with various mediums and materials. You will need a strong portfolio if you are looking to get into a competitive school for fashion like F.I.T. or Parsons.
If you are still in high school, it is also highly recommended to be involved with your local theater group in costuming and design. This is a gem to have on your college applications.
Best of luck to you!



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Alexander "Shandy"’s Answer

Hi Jess!

I read carefully your question as well the three answers from fellow artists/field professionals. And mine might not be so different, IMO.

Well, I didn't go to fashion school, but have been creating all kinds of ARTS since a very early age. My first creations in the fashion world began before I became 10y/o. My mom is a taylor and I got fascinated watching her sew our clothes (mine's and my siblings'). I used to help my sisters to make clothes for their dolls, but then I wanted to learn how to sew with a sewing machine, for which I asked help from my mom. By age 15 I was already making my own clothes, designing and making patterns.

The fashion industry is VERY tough and requires strong will and perseverance. I would recommend to follow the previous answers provided by fellow artists, but also trying to watch tutorials on YouTube to help you decide if FD is your REAL passion.

Huge blessings!

Excuse my late reply, but I got the notification just a few minutes ago.

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Stacey’s Answer

Hi Jess,

I know you said you love thinking about outfits but I’m not sure what you are looking to do. Fashion Design is actually designing clothing from concept to finished product and 9 times out of 10 you will need to go to college to learn the steps and find amazing internships.

If you’re talking more about helping women with curating outfits, a good start is to find a retail store/company and to begin as a salesperson. Research companies with career development paths so that you can see what your progression will be as you gain experience. Highlight any outfits you create on Instagram with tags etc. Get your name out there and follow people you would like to emulate.

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eduardo’s Answer

" Costume is the mirror of history" that was said by Louis XIV Fashions,and fashion illustrations , reflect a great deal of the style and attitudes of their era. It is worth studying the work of great illustrators from the past to understand the many different ways in which they conveyed the clothes and the mood of their time.

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