A Fashion Design Career with a Gentle Touch

by Marianne Salina
Fashion School Review Columnist

July 21, 2006

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Some people stumble into a career in fashion design. At least this was the case for Daniel and Carla Hogg, a Vancouver couple who found their clothing design inspiration from a porcelain fawn figurine while they were thrift store shopping. With Daniel's previous fashion design and marketing experience, and the couple's dream of creating eclectic clothing, the two became the co-founders of Gentle Fawn Clothing.

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The Hogg's business interests have them spending time in both Vancouver and Los Angeles--the two locations that have informed Gentle Fawn's clothing design concept. Blending elements that incorporate nature and feminine fabrics with an urban, LA edge, the label aims to provide 20-something women fashion designs that are both chic and sophisticated but also coffee shop appropriate.

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Once Gentle Fawn made its debut in LA in November 2002, the rest of the label's success relied upon clever marketing and distribution--with stores opening throughout the United States and abroad. With appearances in publications such as Nylon and Lemonade magazine, Gentle Fawn is emerging as a label of its own kind in the fashion design industry.

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Daniel and Carla made two key career moves: First they created a unique, wearable collection and followed this with a successful marketing strategy. In fashion design school, you will have your chance at exploring essential facets of the industry:
  • Clothing design and pattern-making
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) applications
  • Fashion merchandising and marketing
  • Retail management, production, sales

Whether your muse is found in a porcelain forest friend or the invocation of John Galliano, fashion design school can help you develop a successful career in fashion design.


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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