How-To

Tips For Fashion Design Careers

Courtesy of All Art Schools

Becoming an Attractive Job Candidate:

Starting a fashion design career takes work and diligence. If you know you have the talent to make it in the fashion world, don’t give up if success doesn’t come easily. Set realistic expectations. When beginning a fashion design career, you should expect to put in your time at an entry-level position before you can work up to the job you really want. Make yourself as employable as possible. Put together a creative, appealing portfolio, and gain industry experience wherever you can.

Build Your Fashion Design Portfolio:

It’s never too early to start showcasing your best work. Whether you’re applying to schools or looking for jobs, your portfolio can help you get your foot in the door.

When applying to schools, you need to make sure that your portfolio meets school requirements and guidelines. When you are ready to find a fashion design job, you can choose what you include and how you present it. Whatever is your purpose, your portfolio should demonstrate your fashion design ability and creativity. You should include examples that show your sketching ability, color and textile knowledge, problem solving skills and design development. Your portfolio should express your unique style and fashion design experience.

Find Fashion Design Apprenticeships and Internships:

Getting industry experience is an important step in starting your fashion design career. Apprenticeships and internships have the double advantage of building your résumé while giving you the opportunity to learn from an experienced fashion designer.

Although internships will probably not do much to expand your bank account, the opportunity to observe and learn from someone with a successful fashion design career can be worth all the ramen noodle dinners you’ll be eating in the meantime.

There is a lot of competition for fashion design jobs, so having an inside track with someone in the business can give you a boost over other applicants. These personal connections may seem hard to come by, but it might be easier than you think. If you’re a student, your professors or school career center may have industry connections and are willingness to help.

Take stock of the resources available to you and use them. Contact fashion houses or companies and find out what they need. Then you can polish your portfolio accordingly.

Getting the Fashion Design Job You Want:

Don’t be afraid to start small. Ralph Lauren started his fashion empire with a tie collection. Think about the big picture, but start with an attainable goal. Be creative.

Your portfolio and experience can only take you so far. Perseverance is essential and if a fashion design career is what you want, keep focused and don’t get discouraged. Your determination can pay off!