Chloe Fashion Design Dream Come True

by Marianne Salina
Fashion School Review Columnist

June 21, 2006

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Fashion design dreams do come true, as they did for Phoebe Philo who became clothing design label Chloe's new Creative Director in 2001. Philo replaced fashion icon Stella McCartney, bringing to Chloe a fresh, urban sensibility and a keen eye for youthful clothing design.

Where Did She Start? Fashion Design College

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Being good friends with a fashion designer like Stella McCartney never hurts, but before Philo made her way to Chloe, she earned her fashion design degree taking a particular interest in tailoring.

Working Inside a Clothing Design House

Indeed, tailoring is what Philo did, bringing a fashion design portfolio of modern, youthful ideas to the table, helping to revamp the billowy look of Chloe into a more contemporary one. Working as Stella McCartney's assistant, Philo learned the ropes in a premier fashion design house, gaining necessary design experience before eventually taking the reigns.

An Outline for Fashion Design Success

With 270 Chloe shops worldwide, Philo designs four collections each year, two specifically for the runways. Landing a lead role at a fashion design label may seem impossible, but follow Philo's footsteps and you may surprise yourself:

  • Study at a fashion design college with a focus on textiles and clothing design
  • Build your fashion design portfolio: Include a wide range of your work
  • Find a fashion house or clothing design firm apprenticeship
  • Make connections to establish your name professionally


Get a Fashion Design Degree that Fits

Critical to your fashion design career is your decision of which fashion design program is best suited to your interests. Research first to find a fashion design college that offers the coursework and guidance necessary to achieve your goals.


About the Author
Marianne Salina is a freelance writer in Spokane, Washington. She writes about pursuits in education and degree opportunities.

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