Education a Must for Your Career in Fashion

by Joe Cooper
Fashion School Review Columnist

March 12, 2007

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Thinking about a career in fashion? Read on about a few things you should know to succeed, like the importance of education and what it's like to work in the very exciting industry of fashion design.

What's a Fashion Career All About?
A career in fashion is about knowing how to sew, knowing what's hot, and having the right connections, right?

Well, not exactly. A career in fashion is also about being educated. How else will you learn garments and textiles, sewing and sketching, and marketing and merchandising? A natural flair for what's "in" will only get you so far in this competitive industry.

The Fashion Degree
You obviously can't launch a career in fashion unless you can land a job. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employers want fashion designers "with a 2- or 4-year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends."

That means that an associate's or bachelor's fashion degree is the best way to start a career in fashion, whether your interest is clothing design, retail, marketing, or otherwise. Take a look at some of the various degree programs available in fashion design:

  • Fashion Design
  • Apparel and Textile Design
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Retail Management

What to Expect After Fashion School
Although starting salaries in fashion can be low, your compensation will rise with experience. You have years to gain this experience, but the best time to earn your fashion degree is right now.

Working in the fashion industry can be tough. It's not all red carpets and runways. But it is an exciting industry, full of constant change and the power to define an important element of global culture. With a fashion degree, you can make it happen.


About the Author
Joe Cooper is a freelance education and technology writer and edits medical literature. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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