Where do I start if I want to go into the fashion industry?
I love to sketch out designs and have a huge passion for fashion but I don't know much about really big brands. Where do I start now that I know what I want to do with my life? #fashion #fashion designers #apparel-and-fashion #designers #fashion-design #fashion-shows
My other suggestion would be to look at a job in retail. I know often retail jobs get a bad wrap however the fashion industry at its core is a business and the retail arm of it is a great way to learn the ropes. Look into come brands/companies you love and see what job opportunities are available. Specialty and Luxury retailers have smaller corporate structures so its a great opportunity to get exposed to different areas. Additionally I'd look at where their corporate locations are; if your near by research HQ opportunities. You'd be surprised how many entry level positions there are and these can be a valuable "foot in the door." Some brands/companies even offer tuition and education assistance so that you can possibly use that to help pay for the education mentioned above.
Lastly be persistent! Like i said the fashion world is big and there are tons of opportunities....Don't get discouraged
When looking for courses to study it could be good to study an all round fashion course that covers various different areas of fashion as you are still unsure on what career path to take. For example Fashion promotion which covered photography, marketing, merchandising, buying, illustration. This is something that i did as i wasn't 100% sure on my fashion career path and a course like that really helped me decide the area i wanted to go into.
Take a look at the jobs descriptions for some of these positions and see what appeals to you most, that way you are able to focus your studies and your interests in school.
Lastly, 3D sampling and 3D virtual development is becoming very important in the Fashion Industry. If you are able, take some courses to help familiarize yourself with this technology.
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