Dec 18, 2013

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Hot tips for making it in the fashion world

There’s a world of fashion designers who just never get the brakes and, if you don’t want to be one of them, you’ll have to make sure you’ve got the talent, skills and knowledge to make it in this highly competitive industry.

Fashion World

It’s a place of glamour, catwalks and all the glitz you might expect, but the fashion industry also requires a huge amount of graft and creative spark if you want to become a reputable and lucrative name, so here are just a few sure fire ways to get ahead in this exciting world of clothing, design and style.

Get a fashion degree

With a fashion degree on your resume you’ll find it far easier to be taken seriously in your field. Add to this the fact that you’ll be able to spend the duration of your course being taught the tricks of the trade as you constantly hone your skills, and it’s difficult to see who wouldn’t want the experience of gaining a degree.

From bricks and mortar universities to online degree courses, you’ll find that your dreams can be one step closer to fulfilment with the help of a team of professional tutors and peers who will teach you a huge amount about the industry.

Get some contacts

One of the best ways to climb your way up the ladder is with that old adage, “It’s who you know that counts”.

Ideally, you should be trying to make contacts as soon as you can in this industry, befriending people via blogs, Twitter and other social networks, as well as attending popular fashion haunts and launches to network and sell yourself face-to-face.

If nothing else, you should be able to gleam a little bit of extra knowledge from your contacts’ fashion conscious heads, gaining titbits that you can then apply to your own skillset.

Develop an effective folio

A folio that demonstrates your skills and abilities is one of the most important assets in your career progress, letting potential employers know what you’ve done, what your strengths are and what fashion designs make you stand out from the crowd.

Really, a folio should be in a constant state of flux, being updated with newer and better work to show clients your progression. And, with the right level of discerning taste in your folio, that latest fashion commission will surely come your way.

Be prepared to work your way up the ladder

Even the finest in fashion designers didn’t start on the pages of Grazia or Cosmopolitan, but had to work their way up from the bottom, sometimes accepting unpaid positions or helping out as assistants on other people’s projects. And, even if you’re truly prodigious, chances are you’ll have to work your way up the ladder just like your idols did.

So, grab the bull by the horns, take every job you can, really put yourself out there and, with some talent and luck, you’ll find that you’ll be the fashion designing supremo you always wanted to be.

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