Accessorize This: An Alternative Fashion Career


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by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

August 18, 2005


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Paris Hilton's sister Nicky is designing must-have celebrity handbags, and Dolce & Gabbana are unveiling a new accessory range. Today, accessories are becoming everything in fashion. The plainest outfit can be transformed with the right jewelry, belts, shoes, and handbags.

Do You Have to Go to Fashion School to Design Accessories?

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It is not essential to go to fashion school to design accessories, but it makes sense to do so. Depending on what type of accessories they want to design, many designers, while starting from a young age, later develop their talents at either art or fashion school. While some kinds of design are not necessarily fashionable, the clever designer will lead fashion, not follow it. Whether you prefer to design belts or bags, you can take the more conventional route to a design career through fashion school.

So How Do You Start Your Fashion Accessory Career?

Both Paris and Nicky Hilton have an eye for fashion. But before being asked to design handbags, Nicky studied design at fashion school. If you are determined to pursue a fashion accessory career, fashion school will allow you to develop your design talents and make the right contacts. Most fashion accessory designers start at fashion school, become design assistants, and then move into accessory design in their own right.

Accessorizing is more than a fashion - it is a passion, and it would make for a fascinating and rewarding fashion design career for anybody with an eye for detail and a knack for style.



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Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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