Fashion Jobs by the Runway

by Sarah Clark
Fashion School Review Columnist

March 20, 2006

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The sexiest jobs in fashion are those near the runway. There you'll find models, photographers, fashion critics, and designers. Here's a brief description of careers in fashion that get you near the catwalk.

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The most high-profile fashion jobs are those held by designers--people responsible for inventing and reinventing styles that reflect the demands and moods of contemporary culture. During fashion shows designers show their new collections to an audience made up of fashion critics, fashion aficionados, celebrities, and even leading figures from the business and public sector.

Fashion Photography Jobs

To make models glamorous, at least on the pages of Vogue, fashion marketers hire fashion photographers. Their job is to communicate a quality, a state of being, or an attitude.

Ralph Lauren, for example, sends a discreet message in his ads featuring young, fresh-faced, aristocratic-looking youth appearing thoroughly unimpressed by their privileged surroundings. Guess ads, featuring scantily-clad models wearing expressions suggestive of sexual interest, send another very direct message. Whether squatting near a runway or on a photo shoot in some exotic locale, fashion photographers are often found in the center of exciting work.

Fashion Critics

Fashion critics probably have the least sexy job of all those who encounter the runway. They sit in the front rows of fashion shows where they can closely observe every cut of fabric or piece of adornment. They write for newspapers and magazines, giving their impression of the overall quality of a collection.

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You don't need to attend fashion school to pursue all fashion-related careers--fashion photographers, for instance, often graduate from fine art programs. To prepare for a career in design, however, you might want to attend fashion school. Find out soon what career path and school will best prepare you for a career in fashion.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer specializing in career development and postsecondary education.

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