How to Become a Successful Fashion Designer

if you are like me you live and breathe fashion. You are constantly inspired with so many new designs racing through your mind, so many you can’t seem to get them all down quick enough at the pace they arrive. You constantly dream of the day your fashions will be on the fashion runway with the lights beaming brightly overhead, the cameras flashing everywhere and the audience being completely mesmerized by your incredible designs. You can’t stop thinking of the day you will open a magazine or watch the Oscars and see a famous celebrity in one of your breathtaking designs. Your book shelf is stocked with fashion books and magazines, and you absolutely can’t resist visiting textile stores to view all the latest fabrics, decorative beads, rhinestones and trims.

It’s this ever present dream of being a successful fashion designer that has you work day and night on your designs in most cases for many years without pay and working a job to pay the pills which is brutal torture, when all you can think about is living and working in fashion.

Famous fashion designers come from all walks of life there is no one system to follow that will have you become the next famous fashion designer. Some have graduated from elite fashion schools and some have never attended fashion school. Some have undertaken a fashion internship with a fashion house and others have made their own designs in their basement. The only elements all these fashion designers have in common is they had an intense passion for fashion, were able to design fashions highly sought after and connected with someone who gave them the opportunity to break into the fashion industry. It is essential in becoming a successful fashion designer you get you and your designs out there as much as possible, as how will anyone know about your fashions if they can’t see them?

5 Steps to Becoming a Fashion Designer

1.Complete a degree program.
2.Sharpen skills with hands-on experience.
3.Learn the business of fashion.
4.Put together a portfolio.
5.Keep up with the trends.

1.Complete a degree program.

Are you thinking about earning a college degree? It can be overwhelming, in fact, many wonder what does “degree program” mean? In simple terms, a degree is the accolade you earn after completing a course of study in a particular topic. In some instances, you may be asked to pursue a specialization or concentration as a major or minor. Core classes will be required, too. If attending college may or not be your thing, taking it one step at a time is the best way to go!

2.Sharpen skills with hands-on experience.

Keep learning: Take a class or attend workshops that involve using technology or equipment. You’ll be able to apply your training or book smarts to real-life situations; plus, learning with your peers can be immensely valuable. A diverse approach to problem solving is a great skill when it comes to IT.

3.Learn the business of fashion

A great fashion collectioline is not enough to succeed. Owning your own Company/Brand is a big responsibility— you need a strong Business Plan to avoid failure. This Course empowers the you (the student) to turn your designs into a financially successful Brand. This Course covers areas on research and development, and the manufacturing process, and how to create your own Online Store.

4.Put together a portfolio

There are two types of portfolios and it’s important the two don’t get mixed up. There’s your Personal Portfolio which showcases your full experience as a fashion designer and includes all the collections you’re proud of. Then there’s a Specific Portfolio which is what you prepare when you’re applying for a role. This portfolio is tailored to the role you want and is shared with the recruiter to see if you’re the right candidate to be referred for an interview.

5.Keep up with the trends

Keeping up with new trends is a fun way to dress fashionably and express yourself. Fashion trends change so quickly, though, and it can be tough to keep up with that fast-paced world. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of useful tips for staying ahead of the most important trends in fashion.

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 all types of fabrics. Locate fashion boutiques that cater to the fashions you design, first make a trip to the stores to look around, if you can see your clothes fitting in well with the store, find out who the owner is and ask if they would be willing to have some of your fashions offered for sale in their store.

A fashion designer creates original apparel and accessories. Drawing on fashion trends and a deep knowledge of textiles and style, designers turn their vision into a reality.

Careers in fashion design also require business training. Successful designers blend creativity with solid skills in marketing, sales, and management. Most fashion designers hold a bachelor’s degree.

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