If you want to major in fashion design, should you take different types of fashion classes? ex. knitwear, marketing, makeup, etc.
Someday I would like to own my own fashion company/ industry or at least work with someone like Vera Wang. I would like to know what classes would fit me. #professor #fashion #fashion-design #clothing #fashion-shows #the-arts
I went to The School of Fashion Design in Boston after college- I learned patternmaking, draping, costume design, tailoring and many other classes though at that time, not really geared towards the apparel industry (costing, mass production, sourcing etc). Maybe the courses have changed. Hopefully, you like to sew, be creative, have a good eye as this is a very visual field. The industry has changed a lot over the years, with less companies/ manufacturers. NYC and LA are 1 and 2. Learning in a classroom is 1 thing but it's getting the hands on experience, such as an internship is important. Check out small, start up companies, too. Hopefully, you work with a person (or people) who are willing to take you under their wing so they share what they know. It's important to know about fabrics, dye methods as this helps to put your design ideas together. Hopefully, this helps- I'd be more than glad to give more information.
That's a great question! If you want to peruse and have a career in the fashion industry I suggest taking all the classes that you are passionate about. Not only will it help you find your specialty but also to take any business classes so you have the tools to run your own business. If you are able to have a balance then you are well on your well to becoming a successful fashion brand!
Unfortunately, I was let go from my last job 3/ 2015 due to lack of work in the department. I have been looking for another position but am trying not to be discouraged. If you are in high school, you may want to check out vocational schools to see if they offer any courses related to the fashion industry. Even contact the School of Fashion Design, to see if they offer any classes. Yes, being a designer is the creative side but it's good to be well rounded- being familiar with how clothes should fit, what styles look best on certain body types. There's probably information on the web or in a near by library. If I can answer anything else, please let me know!
Fashion is very big business in California. Check out fidm.edu. FIDM was started 50 years ago as a fashion college in LA and this is still their no. major. They offer specialties such as costume design, knitwear, menswear and product development. There are also creative business options like Beauty Industry Management.
Look at all of the options for both Associates and Bachelors degrees under their Majors tab. Scroll all the way down this tab to the Career Quiz. This will help solidify your areas of interest.
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