UCB Career Guide| How to Become a Fashion Designer

  • Develop your skills. Successful fashion designers have a wide array of skills, including drawing, an eye for color and texture, an ability to visualize concepts in three dimensions, and the mechanical skills involved in sewing and cutting fabrics.
    • The ideal candidate will have started developing these talents at a young age and devoted hours of time to perfecting his or her craft.

  • Assemble a portfolio of your work. Your portfolio will be vital when applying to design jobs and internships, as it is your chance to market yourself. Your portfolio should display your best work, and highlight your skills and creativity. Be sure to use a high-quality binder to show that you take yourself seriously as a designer. Include the following in your portfolio:

    • Hand-drawn sketches or photographs of these sketches
    • Computer-drawn designs
    • Resumé
    • Mood or concept pages
    • Color or textile presentation pages
  • Learn more. Do one (or both) of the following:

    • Get a degree in fashion design. Most programs are three or four years long. You will study drawing, color and composition, pattern-making, and draping. In addition to learning practical skills like these, you will also be working with industry professionals who may serve as important contacts in the future and who can give you first-hand advice and feedback on your work.
    • Apply for an internship or apprenticeship. If school is not for you, or if you simply feel that real-world experience will be of more benefit to you, then find a fashion internship. You will need to have an impressive portfolio to apply and be willing to start at the bottom; interns are often given menial tasks like getting coffee. Again, the connections you make through your internship or apprenticeship will be vital as you pursue your career in fashion, and working with industry professionals will give you an opportunity to pick up important skills first-hand.
  • Get educated about the business side of fashion. Being a successful fashion designer not only requires talent and creativity, it also requires a knowledge of the business and marketing aspects of the fashion world. Keep yourself updated on the happenings in the fashion industry by regularly reading trade journals like Women’s Wear Daily and Daily News Record.
    • Many fashion design programs include courses in marketing. Some programs/majors highlight marketing more than others, so be sure to do ample research on the coursework involved in the program you choose.
  • Choose your location wisely. If you are seriously considering a career in fashion, you should live in a city with a thriving fashion industry. According to the Global Language Monitor (GLM), the following cities were the top fashion capitals of the world in 2012, in descending order:
    • London, England
    • New York, US
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • Paris, France
    • Madrid, Spain
    • Rome, Italy
    • Sao Palo, Brazil
    • Milan, Italy
    • Los Angeles, US
    • Berlin, Germany

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Categories: Fashion, Fashion Careers

Author:Tamisha Monet

Fashion Editor ( Tamisha Monet calls Oakland home as a Bay Area native but resides in Houston. She's a staff writer for The Rouge Collection magazine, in their Beauty and Style department. She is the art contributor for the West Coast division of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine. In the blogosphere, she’s worked with Vogue, Lexus, True Religion and more. She works as a Business Life Coach for various fashion and beauty start-ups through her company iStyle Fashion and Beauty Society.


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