The field of fashion design is popular now with shows like Project Runway. These types of shows give a realistic view of what’s expected from a fashion designer. If you are determined to make a career in this business, read on.
The first step to becoming a fashion designer is to assess your abilities. You must be able to sketch and sew, and you must have an eye for colors, patterns, designs and details. You’ll also need an inner drive and a strong will to succeed even when things look bleak and people are critical of your work, because the competition is fierce in this industry.
If you still think you have what it takes, the next step is to get at least a two-year degree in fashion design, if not a bachelor’s degree. Business courses will be very helpful in addition to the designing and design-software courses because they will teach you how to market yourself and get ahead. Internships are also very helpful for you to gain experience.
Taking a course on fashion design
A great way is going to design college. To become a fashion designer you must get all the knowledge you can about the fashion industry. While there, you will hone your skills and determine the area of fashion that you want to pursue. You will also have an opportunity to meet other designers who are already doing what you want to do and they will prove to be a source of good information.
Another benefit of getting a degree from a fashion college is the larger fashion houses prefer to work with designers with a fashion degree. This presents another opportunity to do an internship for one of the larger fashion houses and thus getting your foot or designs in the door.
Starting as an apprentice
Another way to become a fashion designer is to start as an apprentice. By working as an apprentice, you will start at the bottom before working up to designing your own line. There are benefits to working as an apprentice if your ego will allow. You will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the fashion world from many different angles. This may be a benefit that even going to school cannot offer.
To be a success in a business, especially the fashion business, you must know the industry inside and out and working as an apprentice will give you that. Your knowledge of the business will develop to an expert level and your exposure and interaction with top designers will grow.