The world of fashion is a glamourous, exciting and attractive prospect for many young women and men internationally. If you think you have what it takes to be the next Vivienne Westwood or Alexandra McQueen then a fashion design course is the first step towards this.
Is it for you?
Fashion is a fast paced and competitive domain. Often long hours, hard work, rejections and set backs are challenges that you will face on a daily basis and the reality will be a stark contrast to floating through an episode of Sex and the City, think more The Devil Wears Prada and you’ll be much nearer the mark. In this competitive industry you have to live and breathe fashion and above all - you have to really want it.
Fashion design courses will provide you with the solid foundations and principles of fashion you need to get started. They can include varied modules from fashion illustration, to textiles to design technology plus many more. It is therefore important that you tailor your course choice to your long term goals and ambitions within this industry, maybe you want to focus on fashion through drawing, or focus on creations through the medium of graphic design, or be physically creating garments from fabric and so on. The levels of course you can take vary from Foundation degree/BA/MA/Diploma/BTEC. So be sure to do your research in order to make the right choice for you.
Having a solid fashion design qualification under your belt leaves you open to considering a variety of career options, as the industry is so vast. You could be an integral part of the design process by inspiring designs from scratch and putting them to paper to bringing them to life working with leathers, textiles and manipulating fabrics. Whether it’s boutique dress designing, handbags, accessories or couture gowns – fashion design will be the route to get you to that dream job. From job roles such as Design Assistant all the way up to Director of your own fashion house.
Keep calm and love fashion
The prospect of a career in fashion can often seem daunting and even overwhelming. Here are some basic but vital tips and advice on making it in the industry as well as taking the right course…
By Telsha Arora
Next start: 25th Mar 2014
Next start: You choose
Next start: You choose
Fashion designers design clothes for designer labels or for the mass production clothing industries. They may also design accessories, footwear, sportswear or millinery. Only a small minority of designers work for haute couture firms (which design one-off garments for individual customers) or produce their own collections. Most work as commercial designers for clothing manufacturers, producing designs for the mass market. Designers usual produce designs for two seasons ahead, collaborating with other staff such as buyers and forecasters. The design process involves...more
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